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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Video Pro Tips: How to Replace Your Tippet

When you’re using a knotless tapered leader, the last section before you tie on the fly is the tippet. Over time, as you change flies and tie new knots, that tippet section will get shorter and shorter, until your 9-foot leader is more like 7½ feet. So, you just . . .

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Book Excerpt: How to Catch Muskies in Fall

The days begin to get shorter and shorter. Weeds begin to die off. Water temperatures begin to fall, and the sun is lower in the horizon. These are all contributing factors that trigger a muskie into its fall transition. If you keep . . .

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5 Homemade Targets to Improve Your Casting Skills

Whether they’re warming up for a big destination trip or just keeping skills sharp during the off-season, every fly angler needs casting practice. So the next time you’re out waving a fly rod around on dry land, try setting up targets that will test your . . .

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Pro Tips: Trout-Spey Lines Demystified

Trout-spey is a technique for swinging flies down-and-across using light lines on two-handed rods. It is an effective technique for catching fish in any moving water, from your local trout stream to an outgoing tide on an ocean . . .

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3 Classic Fly Patterns Worth Revisiting This Fall

Fall fishing often requires a more technical approach as water levels drop and hatches become smaller and scarcer. While these conditions may not typically bring to mind the clunky old classics, a few old school fly patterns still manage to excel when . . .

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Pro Tips: Five Steps to Landing More Fish

Devin Olsen of Tactical Fly Fisher has caught more than his fair share of big trout over the years, as a competition angler, video star, and fanatical angler. In this great video, he walks your through his process for landing big fish on light tippets, and . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Tie a Blood Knot

When it comes to connector knots, I’m definitely a blood-knot guy. I know how to tie the surgeon’s knot, but I just prefer the look and feel of a blood knot, which is perfectly symmetrical and in-line. The folks at Trouts Fly . . .

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Podcast: How To Find Great Carp Fishing

In our campaign to take pressure off our over-stressed trout rivers during this hot, dry summer, I figured a great topic would be how to find carp-fishing spots. Not every place that holds carp . . .

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