Pro Tips: 5 Ways to Get More Hook-Ups When You’re Using Tiny Flies


Small flies have small hooks, which can make it harder to connect with fish.
Image courtesy Tightline Productions

In winter, most anglers fish some of the smallest patterns of the year: midges, tiny olives, and downsized nymphs. A small fly must be tied on a small hook, which often means you. . .

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Pro Tips: 10 Ways to Get Your Nymphs to the Bottom


Your ability to get your flies in front of the fish when they are holding deep is one key to angling success.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Even though the quintessential fly-fishing image involves casting dry flies to rising fish, we spend considerably more time presenting flies underwater to fish we can’t see, and beginning fly . . .

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A Guide’s Advice on Fishing Your Go-To Fly Pattern

Written by: Mike Canady of Ellensburg Angler


The rainbow trout of the Yakima just love the Pat’s Stone.
Photo by Mike Canady

Meet the Pat’s Stonefly (a.k.a. Pat’s Rubberlegs, Pat’s Stone, or just Pat’s). But it’s not just a Pat’s Stonefly; it’s my go-to confidence fly. It’s a key factor in any success I have when fishing, even. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Weight Nymph Rigs


Using the right amount of weight can be the key to catching more trout on nymphs.
Photo by Lisa Savard

One of the most common questions that we hear about nymphing is, “How much weight should I use?” This is an age-old question that, unfortunately, has no easy answer. One of the. . .

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Tuesday Tip: 9 Ways to Get Your Nymphs to the Bottom


Your ability to get your flies in front of the fish when they are holding deep is one key to angling success.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Even though the quintessential fly-fishing image involves casting dry flies to rising fish, we spend considerably more time presenting flies underwater to fish we can’t see, and beginning fly. . .

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Podcast: Nymphing with Joe Humphreys


This week I don’t have much of a Fly Box, because I just have not been getting many questions from listeners. Where are you? I’m lonely here. But I do have a big interview with the great Joe Humphreys, a savvy, iconoclastic fly fisher whom I’ve admired for. . .

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Top Posts of 2013, #6: Tuesday Tip: How to Correct 5 Common Casting Mistakes

[Editor’s Note: During this first full week of 2014, we’re counting down the Top 10 Posts of 2013. (Although, since the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival is almost always the most-read post of each week, we’ll disqualify the F5 from this contest.) We’ll repost two of the Top 10 per day, leading up to our announcement of the most-read post, on Friday afternoon. So stay tuned all week to see what resonated most with Orvis Fly Fishing readers last year. Here’s #6, which offers some tips from Pete Kutzer that might just have your casting jump immediately to the next level]

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