Pro Tips: 5 Flies for Winter Steelhead

It’s almost that time of year again, when dropping temperatures and shorter days begin to separate the casual anglers from the truly dedicated. Clearing out frozen guides every few casts isn’t for everyone, but rewards do await those hearty souls . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Double Mop Fly

Mention the Mop Fly in any group of fly fishers, and you’re sure to get a variety of reactions. Some folks scoff that it’s not a “true fly,” while others extol its virtues as a trout magnet. This isn’t a new phenomenon: these same discussions happened when . . .

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Video: Tube-Fly Basics, Part 3

In the third part of a new series on tube flies, Tim answers a common question: how do you secure the tube in your vise so you can tie on it, as you would a hook shank? As usual, there is more than one answer. If you plan on tying lots of tubes, you can . . .

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Podcast: All About Emergers, with Tim Cammisa

I get frequent questions about fishing emergers, and it’s a confusing subject. Do I fish one like a nymph or like a dry, and how deep should I fish it? My guest this week, Tim Cammisa, is a well-known fly tier who specializes in doing presentations on . . .

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How to Use a “Lift Kit” to Make Flies Ride Hook-Point-Up

If you want a fly to ride hook-point-up, the most common solution is to add weighted eyes to the top of the hook shank. And if at first you don’t succeed, simply try heavier and heavier eyes until it finally flips over. But adding more weight isn’t always a . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Yellow Meanie

Paul J. Beel, an Indiana native who runs the Franken Fly fly-tying website, is an avid smallmouth-bass fisherman, and he created the Yellow Meanie to mimic a local baitfish. Of the pattern, he says, “[It]isn’t a pretty fly, but it is my go-to for smallmouth. . . .

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Video: Tube-Fly Basics, Part 2

In the second part of a new series on tube flies, Tim explains the various kinds of tubes available, for a variety of angling situations–from plastic tubes for lightweight patterns to metal tubes that will help get a fly down in the water column. He . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Grizzly King

The Grizzly King is actual older than Orvis itself. First tied in 1840 by Scottish zoologist James Wilson, the pattern appears in Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories. You can read a great history of the fly . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Redfish Gotcha

Here’s another “guide-fly” lesson from Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides. (Or, as he calls them, “super easy to tie, down and dirty, quick and easy, fish-catching guide flies.”) As Alvin says, he doesn’t want to create flies that are . . .

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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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