5 Tips for Planning a Saltwater Destination Trip

Although there’s still plenty of great trout fishing to be had in much of the country, it’s never too early to begin planning your next saltwater destination trip. While all types of fly-fishing trips tend to reward those who plan ahead, salt water can actively . . .

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Video: How to Catch Striped Bass on the Fly

Here’s a great video from The New Fly Fisher in which Tom Rosenbauer–a striper fanatic for more than 30 years–shares his favorite tactics and flies, as well as his gear choices. Fishing from shore or from a boat, you can usually find hungry stripers if . . .

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2 Simple Rules for Building a Perfect Redfish Leader

While it’s often true that “a poor craftsman blames his tools,” even a master fly caster might struggle with the wrong leader when chasing redfish. If it’s too short or too supple, the leader can extend prematurely and then kick downward unpredictably into . . .

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Fish Facts: False Albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus)


Dave Woolley with a false albacore that most likely would have broken the Connecticut state record.
Photo by Chick Corrado

The false albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus) goes by many names—little tunny, fat albert, bonito, spotted bonito—but whatever anglers call it, the species is prized for its blistering runs and sheer power. The smallest. . .

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Moment of Thrill 04.02.21

The snook is prized by anglers for its aggressive strikes and go-for-broke fighting style. These predators are often found hiding in the gnarliest tangles of mangroves in tight tidal creeks, waiting for prey to swim by. Just . . .

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Moment of Thrill 03.25.21

Under the right conditions–especially in deep water–redfish will attack flies on or near the surface, producing exciting follows and explosive takes. It’s a hit-or-miss game with lots of missed connections, but it’s the most visually . . .

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Moment of Thrill 03.17.21

Most tarpon are lost in the first few seconds of the fight, when the fish produces its most impressive, head-shaking leaps. Anglers are taught to bow to the fish, which introduces some slack into the line. A tight line can snap if . . .

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