Pro Tips: A Simple Approach to Leaders

The fly-fishing leader is a complicated subject. Countless articles and book chapters, and even entire books, have been devoted to leaders. And still that tapered length of monofilament confuses many anglers, particularly . . .

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Tackle Tune-Up: Flies & Fly Boxes

Few things are more frustrating than being on the water and not knowing where to find the fly you want. Organizing your flies and fly boxes is one of the best uses of your time before the season opens. Orvis Grand Rapids Fishing Manager Trent . . .

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Seasonal Tips for Speckled Trout

While speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus, a.k.a. spotted seatrout) have long been a popular target among gear fishermen in the Southeastern US, they’re often overshadowed in the minds of fly anglers by their more robust . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fit Fly-Fishing Into a Busy Life

I recently met up with a bunch of guys from my old college fly-fishing club, most of whom I hadn’t seen in twenty years, for a day on the water. We had a lot of catching up to do, but I was particularly interested to see how each of our relationships with fly . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Fish Tailwaters

In this great video from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center chapter on Finding Trout, Tom Rosenbauer talks about why tailwaters are such productive fisheries and how you should change tactics the farther downstream from . . .

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3 Design Tips for Tying or Choosing Flats Flies

When deciding which saltwater flies to tie or buy, it can be tempting to simply choose patterns that most closely resemble the critters you’re trying to imitate. But while there are some very realistic and very effective crab, baitfish and shrimp flies, . . .

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