Video Pro Tips: Why and How to Practice Fly Casting

This year, the folks at Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, launched a new series about fly casting. In the latest episode, Brian Flechsig talks about one of the most important things you can do to become a better caster: practice. Every time you ask . . .

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Tuesday Tips: Don’t Ignore the Front Side of a Midstream Rock

Written by: George Daniel


X marks the spot above each rock where big trout may hold, getting first dibs on whatever food comes from upstream.
Photos by George Daniel

Rocks and boulders create hydraulic cushions within the stream, creating resting/feeding spots for the trout. Think of a rocks or boulder as a trout’s midstream La-Z-Boy recliner. The most obvious location to target fish is immediately below (downstream . . .

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Video Pro Tips: A Better Way to Swing Wet Flies and Streamers

A lot of anglers know that swinging wet flies and streamers can be a very effective way to catch trout, but in this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop argues that most fly fishermen are doing it wrong. Sure, covering water is important, but you also want . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: The Keys to Low-Water Steelhead


You can still catch big steelies in low water.
Photo by Mike Daley

It’s a beautiful time of year on the Lake Erie tributaries. But low, clear water can scare many anglers away, as these conditions can produce spooky steelhead that will run for the hills the. . .

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Video: Tom’s Top 8 Flies for Fall Trout

Yesterday, Tom Rosenbauer hosted a Facebook Live session on his favorite patterns for catching trout in the fall. Since not everyone has Facebook–and so you don’t have to rewatch that lo-res compressed Facebook video–here’s an . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fight Big Fish

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


Even experienced anglers don’t get many shots a really big fish, so it’s best to be prepared to make each one count.
Photos courtesy Montana Angler (except where noted)

There is a natural evolution in the sport of fly fishing. Early in an angler’s initiation to the sport, hooking and landing any fish is paramount. Over time, though, a fly fisher slowly begins to improve his or her skills, . . .

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