Tuesday Tips: 3 Keys to Catching Bass on Topwater Bugs


This chunky largemouth fell for a deer-hair slider, the Umpqua Swim Frog diver.
Photo by Reid Bryant

Catching largemouth bass on surface flies is a lot of fun, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Bass aren’t like northern pike, almost always willing to chase down a big meal. In fact, bass. . .

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5 Fly-Fishing Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

One of the great things about fly fishing is that there’s always something new to learn; dedicated anglers will never run out of new techniques, species, waters, or fly patterns to figure out. This very blog is dedicated to helping anglers of every level, from . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Topwater Flies for Largemouth Bass

Few things in fly-fishing are as exciting as watching a largemouth bass smash a fly on the surface, and Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides gets to watch this spectacle more than most anglers. Based in Austin, Texas, Dedeaux was a 2016 Orvis-Endorsed . . .

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Tuesday Tip: Using an Indicator Fly

There are few more maddening situations in fly fishing than watching fish gorge themselves right in front you but being unable to catch them because you can’t see your fly. (And for you whippersnappers who can now spy a Trico spinner at 60 feet: rest assured that such acuity won’t. . .

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Orvis Guide to Euro-Nymphing, Part 5b: Detecting Strikes

In this final installment of our seven-part series on Euro-nymphing, Tom Rosenbauer and George Daniel discuss how you detect strikes with this system. Since you’re fishing with your flies near the bottom, you’ll sometimes catch bottom. But if you’re snagging bottom too often, strike detection becomes more difficult. The sighter serves as both a depth … Continue reading “Orvis Guide to Euro-Nymphing, Part 5b: Detecting Strikes”

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