Tuesday Tips: Top 4 Dry Flies for Fall

The shorter days and crisper nights of fall turn the thoughts of many fly fishers to hunting trophy trout with streamers, but that doesn’t mean you should put away the 4-weight rod, floating. . .

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The Yallerhammer, an Appalachian Classic

The old man called the fly the “skull crusher” because the brook trout would come after it so hard and fast that they’d bash their heads on boulders. He tied them with one arm, in the cool of the little store in the . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: 8 Must-Have Flies for Winter Fishing

Written by: The staff of Trouts Fly Fishing

Just a handful of staple patterns will get the job done during the winter months.
Photo by Phil Monahan

We are very fortunate in Colorado that we have the opportunity to fish 365 days a year. And though we are now in December and it’s probably time to put away that hopper box until . . .

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Top 10 Dry Flies for June on the Madison River

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop

Guide Mike Elliott, who works for the author, releases a stunning Madison brown trout.
Photo by Tom Evenson

June in Montana is a special time—not quite summer yet, but not spring. It’s sort of an in-between time, when you can expect snow one day and 70 and sunny the next. An epic battle between. . .

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Video: How to Tie the The Easy Al’s Trico

It’s Trico time in much of the country, and fishing these tiny bugs (genus: Tricorythodes) can be frustrating, especially when the fish get selective. The late Al Miller fished the Tricos on Pennsylvania’s. . .

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A Bighorn Guide’s Top 7 Sowbug Patterns

Written by: Steve Galletta, Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Lodge

On tailwaters and spring creeks, you can’t go wrong with a sowbug pattern.
Photos by Steve Galletta

In tailwater rivers and spring creeks, crustaceans such as sowbugs provide a consistent source of protein throughout the year. On famous tailwater rivers such as the Bighorn and Missouri . . .

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Pro Tips: Chuck Hawkins’s Top 10 Michigan Flies

Written by: Chuck Hawkins, Hawkins Outfitters

Chuck Hawkins loves the variety of fishing opportunities in his native Michigan.
Photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

Kirk Deeter, writer for the Field and Stream blog, once said that he believes that Michigan is the top fly-fishing state in the union. One of the main reasons he believes this is that tremendous diversity of. . .

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How a Fly Pattern Makes It Into the Orvis Catalog

Brillon doesn’t judge flies by their looks; he wants to know how they perform on the water.
Photo courtesy Shawn Brillon

“Here, I’ve got something to show you,” says Shawn Brillon, the man who chooses which new fly patterns will make it into the Orvis collection. “Wait until you see my most recent submission.”

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