Tuesday Tip: Four Tips on Tippets

One of the easiest ways to improve your presentation in your trout fishing is to pay more attention to your tippet.  It’s as important as the fly pattern you choose, and the size and length and taper of the terminal end of your leader can even determine how your casts look and feel. 

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Pro Tip: Understanding the Anatomy of a Fly Rod

Written by: Larry Kenney

A flag is rolled around a mandrel in the Orvis rod shop, creating a tapered tube that will become a rod section.
Photo by by Tim Bronson

Do you ever find yourself scratching your head when reading about fly rods, or do you find yourself lost when you hear a couple guys at your club meeting discussing their new rod-building projects? Do you know the difference between the prepreg and the scrim? Some of the terms that describe fly-rod construction are pretty arcane, so here’s a brief glossary from longtime rod-builder Larry Kenney that will. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How and Why to Make a Roll-Cast Pickup

Written by: Pete Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a roll-cast pickup, which has a couple of useful applications. First, it can be a time-and-effort saver. If you’re fishing fairly far out and don’t want to have to strip a bunch of line in to start a new cast, you can use the roll-cast pickup to get your line in the air earlier. This means less stripping and less time wasted between casts. And the more time your fly is. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Land, Revive, and Release Large Fish

Live Release – for the Wild Atlantic Salmon from Atlantic Salmon Federation on Vimeo.

Here’s a great lesson on how to land, revive, and release large fish. It was created by the Atlantic Salmon Federation and its partners in the Quebec government, so it’s focused on Salmo salar, but you can easily see how these techniques apply to steelhead, Pacific salmon, and even larger trout. Even better, the video features some. . .

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Tuesday Tip #2: Long- vs Short-Line Nymphing

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We all wish we could fish dry flies or strip streamers this time of year, but the reality is that, day in and day out, nymph fishing is the most reliable way to catch trout. How you choose to nymph depends on the type of water you’re fishing. Here’s a quick explanation of the differences between nymphing up close with a short line, and casting with an indicator on bigger water.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make Delicate Presentations

Welcome to our ninth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. A few weeks ago, reader “Steve” wrote, Thanks for the great tips. My problem is with presentation. Usually my flies land with a splat. What would help achieve a more delicate presentation?

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Tuesday Tips: How to Become a More SUCCESSFUL Angler

Kip Vieth Photos

When you have the opportunity to enjoy moments like this, make sure you’ve done
all you can to help ensure angling success.

photo by Kip Vieth

Many people consider being a guide a dream. I am one of the few fortunate that make a living from fly fishing. It is an honor to do something that you truly love and get paid for it. That being said, it still is a job. If a guide is going to be successful, he always needs to have that in the back of his. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Fix Tailing Loops

Welcome to our eighth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest fly-casting problems. Reader “Phil A.” wrote, “I have a problem with power casting and a tangled mess of leader/flies. . .”

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