Tag Archives: top 5 flies

Top 5 Flies for the Adirondack Mountains

Written by: Ken Kalil, Kalil’s Upstate Outfitters 


Ken Kalil ties on a favorite pattern while fall fly fishing on his home waters in Upstate New York.
Photo courtesy Ken Kalil

When you mention you live in New York, many out-of-staters immediately picture New York City. But five hours north, in a state park four times the size of Yellowstone, nothing could be further from . . .

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Video: Pat Dorsey’s Top 5 Flies for April


Written by: Phil Monahan

This fine South Platte rainbow fell for a Pat Dorsey midge imitation.
Photo by Ivan Orsic

This month’s “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Colorado, features a special guest: legendary tailwaters angler Pat Dorsey. (His son Forrest was one of the stars of our April Fools’. . .

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Top 5 Patterns for the Early-Season Skwala Hatch

Written by: Mike Canady of Ellensburg Angler


This gorgeous Deschutes rainbow fell for a Chubby Chernobyl.
Photo by Damien Nurre

Skwalas are a smallish (sizes 8-10) olive-bodied stonefly, which become active in late winter or early spring, as the water temperatures begin to push into the 40-degree range. These bugs . . .

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Video Pro Tips: 5 Flies for March in the Rockies


Written by: Phil Monahan

This sweet, small-stream brown was up on blue-winged olives on a tributary stream.
Photo by Ivan Orsic

Guide Tanner Smith–of Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Colorado–is back with another of his “Top 5 for the Month” videos, and this time he’s talking about late-winter blue-winged olives. The arrival of . . .

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Video: Top 5 Topwater Flies for Big Brook Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bill Spicer, host of “The New Fly Fisher,” with a monster Labrador brookie.
Photo courtesy The New Fly Fisher

The Canadian anglers at The New Fly Fisher know a thing or two about big brook trout, having spent much time fishing in northern Quebec, Labrador, and Newfoundland. This experience informs . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Flies for Springtime on the Madison

Written by: Kaitlin Groundwater, Madison Valley Ranch


Patrick Fulkrod of South Holston River Company shows off a springtime beauty on the Madison.
Photo by Patrick Fulkrod

In the middle of winter, many anglers find themselves longing for something that the snow and chilly weather has kept at bay–the tug of a trout at the end of their line. We find ourselves eager to . . .

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