Video: How to Properly Pinch the Barb on a Fly Hook

Did you ever pinch the barb on a fly, but when you catch a fish and go to remove the hook, it doesn’t slide out easily? “Gee,” you might say. “I’m sure I pinched that barb.” And it’s probably true: you . . .

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Master Class Monday: How to Fish a Spinner Fall, Introduction

Spinner falls present anglers with wonderful opportunities to catch rising trout, but these egg-layer events can also offer plenty of challenges. The flies are tiny, the light is usually love, the presentations can be difficult, and so on. In this great episode of . . .

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Video: The Keys to On-Stream Etiquette

this week’s how-to video from Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, he wades into a topic important to all anglers: fly-fishing etiquette. If read enough blogs or forums, you’ll see plenty of folks complaining that on-stream manners have gone . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: Keep Your Fly In the Water


Your chances of catching a gorgeous trout like this increase the longer your fly is in the strike zone.
Photo by Shawn Combs

There’s an old saying among fishermen: You can’t catch fish if your line isn’t in the water. I believe that this is one of the reasons that wives often outfished their more-experienced husbands on float trips when I guided on the Yellowstone and in Alaska. Whereas the husband recognized every great trout lie the boat floated past and. . .

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Tips for Fishing High-Elevation Lakes for Brook Trout

My friend Jeff and I recently took our families to explore a high elevation lake and stream in the Uinta Mountains of Utah for a couple of days. The hike to the lake was only about a mile, but we had heard good things about it. When we arrived, . . .

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