Pro Tips: For Low-Water Trout, Move Slowly and Choose Wisely

Low, clear water makes for difficult fly fishing. You can decide to hang up our waders until the next rainfall, or you can embrace the challenge, and develop into a better (more patient) angler. Just as with other aspects of life, the best lessons arise from . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Understanding Tempo and Creep in Fly Casting

Last month, the folks at Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, launched a new series about fly casting. In the latest episode, Brian Flechsig talks about the importance of coming to a complete stop on the backcast and allowing the fly line to roll out . . .

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Pro Tips: How Close Should You Get to a Rising Trout?

Okay, so you’ve spotted a rising fish. You should probably start casting to it immediately, before it stops rising, right? No. First, you should think about how you should position yourself to get the best presentation. One thing that . . .

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Video Tip: How to Make a Belgian (Oval) Cast

The Belgian Cast, also known as the “oval cast,” achieves a few things: it keeps the line under constant tension, it keeps the flies away from the caster on the back cast, and it ensures that. . .

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Pro Tips: Don’t Futz . . . . Fish!

Written by: Bob Streb


If you do this to your leader, you’re futzing when you should be fishing.
Photo by Bob Streb

Fish put our flies in their mouths and then spit them out in around one millionth of a second–maybe faster. You have to pay attention if you want to dance with trout, and I see a lot of you . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Time Your Fly Cast

Last year, the folks at Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, launched a new series about fly casting. In the latest episode, Brian Flechsig talks how you should think about rhythm and timing in fly casting. In fact, he even does away with the term “fly . . .

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