Pro Tips: How to Tie Your Own Bass and Saltwater Leaders

Here’s another lesson–in the vein of his “guide-fly” series–from Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides. Guides want to be able to tie useful leaders that don’t take long to tie. This is not George Harvey-level science, but is a quick-and-dirty method for . . .

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Discovering the Magic of Striped Bass on the Fly


A big striper on the fly will make you forget about trout streams for a while.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The small New Hampshire town where I grew up is within an hour’s drive of some of northeastern New England’s best striper fishing. Yet, instead of exploring the waters of Plum Island, Cape . . .

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Ask the Experts: 3 Rules of Skiff Etiquette

Fly fishing from a skiff can be challenging, even when you’re doing everything right. Success requires constant coordination between angler and guide, which can be especially difficult if you don’t have much practice. Compounding the challenge is . . .

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Seasonal Tips for Speckled Trout

While speckled trout (Cynoscion nebulosus, a.k.a. spotted seatrout) have long been a popular target among gear fishermen in the Southeastern US, they’re often overshadowed in the minds of fly anglers by their more robust . . .

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Fish Facts: Grand Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)


Barracuda are a blast to chase with a fly, as they can be aggressive and fight like hell.
Photo by Greg Vincent, of H2O Bonefishing 

The great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) isn’t generally considered one of the premier saltwater fly rod species—it’s not part of the flats Grand Slam, for instance—and few fly fishers head to . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Find Redfish in the Lowcountry

The South Carolina lowcountry is one of the most distinctive saltwater fisheries in the region, particularly when it comes to chasing redfish. Famous for flood tides, during which hungry fish push into the Sawgrass marshes to chase previously . . .

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The One That Got Away #3: Permit Pain

After learning the hard way why rental companies don’t allow small sedans on that road–water was coming in through the doors–we finally arrived, bug-bitten and damp, at the small village of Punta Allen. Despite our lack of reservations, I was able to . . .

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Video: The Incredible Astove Atoll

Here’s an amazing production from our favorite Lithuanian/Norwegian filmmakers, Nerijus and Vaidas of Black Fly Eyes. Previously, they had headed to Alphonse, one of the Outer Seychelles, and came back with a remarkable film. The next year, . . .

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