COLD WATER FLY FISHING

BLACK MIDGE PUPA FLY PATTERN [VIDEO]

Buzzers or chironomids are the stuff of stillwater fishing throughout the open-water period but particularly in the spring and early summer. These insects are usually large (#16 - #10), and the trout just gorge on them. Contrast these with the “midge” from rivers,...

FLY FISHING SLOW FOR STILLWATER TROUT: PART 1

Stillwater trout fishing can be amazingly fun and rewarding.  Stillwater trout are usually a lot bigger, the food sources are enormous, and the opportunity for solitary fishing is much higher, since stillwaters are often much more expansive.  Like with any freshwater...

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 DAMSELFLIES SHALLOW

Many hardcore river fly fishermen have often wanted nothing to do with lake fly fishing for trout.  Belly boats with Woolly Buggers for dredging the deep recesses of slack water are the first ideas these dedicated anglers envision, and catching lots of fourteen to...

FLY FISHING FROM ALASKA TO THE BAHAMAS.

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