Pro Tip: Know the Difference Between Dragons and Damsels

Written by: Jason Cotta


Dragonfly adults are beautiful, but they are not often available to fish because they are such strong fliers.
Photo by Jason Cotta

Summer is finally here, and stillwater fishing is starting to heat up. Rising water temperatures will bring out swarms of damselflies and dragonflies. Trout and bass will feed heavily on these two bugs throughout the spring and summer. Although the two . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Set the Hook

The latest video in the series “Q&A” from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters in Columbus, Ohio, he ansers several questions about hook-setting. He addresses the proper way to maintain control of your line, the correct angle to set the hook with you . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: 15 Steps to Fishing a Mountain Trout Stream


The key to catching lots of brookies from a mountain stream is to move fast and hit all the right spots.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The keys to catching good numbers of trout on steep mountain streams are stealth and speed. Wild brook trout are wary, fast, and can hide in tiny spaces. There are lots of predators that. . .

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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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