Fish Facts: Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)

The permit’s Latin name, Trachinotus falcatus, identifies the species as a real warrior. Trachinotus is a fusion of Greek words that mean “rough back,” while falcatus is a Latin adjective that translates roughly to “armed with scythes.”

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Video Pro Tips: How to Fight Big Fish from a Boat

Big-game fly-fishing expert and Orvis ambassador Conway Bowman shows an important tip when fighting big fish from a boat with a fly rod. It’s more about your entire body than just your arms, and he demonstrates how to keep pressure on a fish, so . . .

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Pro Tips: Tom’s 5 Tips for Preparing for a Bonefish Trip

I’ve watched even experienced trout anglers become frustrated, angry, and even embarrassed on bonefishing trips because they weren’t ready for the wind, difficult fish spotting, and unfamiliar directions given by a guide. Just a little preparation will . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Tabory Snake Fly

The advent of autumn means it’s time for the serious saltwater-blitz season along the Atlantic seaboard. For many salty anglers, Lou Tabory’s seminal book Inshore Fly Fishing unlocked the secrets to casting for striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore from the beach. Tabory has designed many of the best striper patterns, including the Snake Fly shown here. With its. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Synthetic Clouser Minnow

In the decades since Pennsylvania icon Bob Clouser created his minnow pattern, countless variations have appeared, most of which catch plenty of fish. In fact, Lefty Kreh claimed to have caught an astonishing 63 species of fish on Clousers. In this . . .

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Podcast: Fishing the Baja Surf on Foot, with Scott Sadil

Scott Sadil, author and Fly Fishing Editor of Gray’s Sporting Journal, is a pioneer in fishing the surf in Baja, and in his many years of experience he’s learned a ton of valuable tips. Even if you never plan on fishing Baja, you’ll find his advice helpful for . . .

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Pro Tips: 3 Flies for Beach Snook this Summer

Summer is the prime season for walking Florida’s beaches in pursuit of snook. Last week, I covered 5 Tactics for catching these cunning and hearty fish, so now I’d like to discuss fly selection. Generally speaking, snook flies. . .

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Podcast: Jacks Are Better, with RA Beattie

Jacks are an underrated gamefish and under-utilized resource. They take a fly aggressively, fight harder than most other saltwater gamefish, and are common in most warmer saltwater ecosystems. Yet most anglers, and most guides, pass them up on the . . .

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