ANADROMOUS FLY FISHING

THE VERSATILE DUBBING EGG FLY PATTERN [VIDEO]

Egg patterns, more times than not, blur the line between food and triggers. Among the most important triggers are the color, shape, and size. Egg patterns are, of course, a great imitation of an important food source, but spawning and migratory fish go through weird...

TROUT AND STEELHEAD: STEALTH FUNDAMENTALS OF TROUT NINJAS [VIDEO]

Stealth when fly fishing for trout and steelhead (yes, I know steelhead are trout) in rivers is often seen in two ways. The anglers using stealth are either looked upon as a ninja/elite military force or a ballerina. Stealth is often seen as silly or unnecessary or...

FLY FISHING HOOK SIZE: RESIST THE NUMBER

Understanding fly fishing hook size isn’t the sexiest topic around, but your hook is your link to the fish and is closely related to the size of your flies. Pretty sexy stuff!  Well, maybe that's just me thinking.  Most fly anglers' exposure to fly fishing hooks size...

BENEFITS OF HOSTED FLY FISHING TRIPS

Fly fishing travel has exploded in that last few decades or so like a volcano on a tropical island.  The business of taking fly fishing trips has now become forever a competitive enterprise with hundreds of fly shops, outfitters, and various fly fishing luminaries...

BEAR SPRAY AND TRAVEL

The unique places in which we fly fish, or hike for that matter, add as much to the overall experience of fly fishing as anything except maybe the actual fish themselves.  Unique wildlife for many of us is a huge bonus in these locations.  Bears, by virtue of their...

MINNOW FLY PATTERN: THE STEEL FRY [VIDEO]

Steelhead are weird creatures, to be honest. They’re stuck between the urge to migrate and spawn and keep themselves alive through feeding and taking advantage of their opportunistic nature and feed on a plentiful food source. Steelhead have definite stages in which...

WHITE DEATH STEELHEAD AND BROWN TROUT FLY [VIDEO]

The Great Lakes have some amazing fisheries. In pretty much all of these lakes, you can expect to find steelhead and in some others Great Lakes browns. These trout get used to feeding on minnows, such as the emerald shiner, and when they enter the rivers, minnow...

FLY FISHING WITH NYMPHS: HOW TO SELECT THEM

The great Florida bonefish angler, Tim Mahaffey, tells the story of how Tim Borski (the artist and fabulous fly tyer) looked at the paltry variety of patterns found in his fly box.  Borski, with his fabulously tied assortment of flies, was a bit surprised, if not...

FLY FISHING NYMPHS IN CLEAR WATER [VIDEO]

Fly fishing nymphs in clear water has its own unique challenges and opportunities. On one level, you can see the fish in most cases. On another, they can see you very easily unless you stay low and blend in with your surroundings. Fly fishing nymphs in clear water in...

PEGGED BEADS VERSUS OTHER EGG PATTERNS

At times, it seems like I carry more eggs than the Easter Bunny!  This may sound pathetic to some, but with anadromous fish, you have to keep trying different patterns with different looks and floating orientations to trigger fish to bite—not necessarily feed.  Many...

THE INCREDIBLE, EDIBLE EGG FLY PATTERNS [VIDEO]

One can imagine the classic model and image of fly fishing, possibly in the style of Norman Maclean: spring creek browns with size 18 BWO duns, freestone streams with size 10 golden stones, or down and across swinging with wet flies on a chalk stream.  Probably toward...

FLY FISHING LEADERS AND TIPPETS: PART 2

Once an angler actually fools the fish into taking the fly, the hookset and landing of the fish becomes the focus.  I refer to this process as the “nab”.  Any aspect of the line (leader or tippet) that was used to fool the fish can be treated separately from the...

FLY FISHING LEADERS AND TIPPETS: PART 1 [VIDEO]

As a kid, the first thing I remember about fishing line is the number with an “lb” and “test”.  Since I was in America, this of course referred to tensile or breaking strength of this particular fishing line.  Back then, our choice for fishing line was more or less...

SMELLY JELLY, BUZZBAITS, AND DOWNRIGGERS!

The majority of fly anglers do not study the origins of fly fishing or have any idea when "fly fishing" began.  I, myself, didn't really become at all interested in the earliest forms of fly fishing until I was crossing the backed-up waters of the Haliacmon river in...

FLY FISHING FROM ALASKA TO THE BAHAMAS.

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