Tag Archives: top 5 flies

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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Ask the Experts: What Are Your Top 5 Fall Flies?


Written by: Phil Monahan

Angler Steven Meyer basks in incredible foliage on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.
Photo by Jimmy Harris, Unicoi Outfitters

A few months ago, we introduced a new weekly “Ask the Experts” Column and asked you to pose some questions for our panel of experts. Our latest question for them to chew on is: “What are . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Subsurface Flies for Largemouth Bass

Written by: Alvin Dedeaux, All Water Guides


Subsurface patterns, such as this crawfish, will take bass when they’re not willing to eat bugs on top.
Photo courtesy All Water Guides

Just like trout, largemouth bass spend most of their time feeding below the surface. And as most people would agree that catching trout on dry flies is more exciting, watching a bass explode on . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Salmonfly Dries for the Madison River

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


The huge salmonflies can bring even the biggest Madison River trout to the surface.
Photo by John Way

It is that time of year, when everyone is salmonfly crazy around Montana. People talk in hushed tones at the bars about where the hatch is and where the trout are eating the dry fly. Of the . . .

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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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