SALT WATER FLY FISHING

CLOUSER MINNOW PATTERN: EXPLORING DIFFERENT TYING OPTIONS

The Clouser Minnow is one of those flies that is always there. It’s always there calling to you, saying, “You always know that you can catch some fish with me at any time. Stop messing around with the other stuff and just catch some fish. Tie me on.” Like the Woolly...

THE EQUALIZER FLY PATTERN [VIDEO]

I’ve long been a major advocate of fishing flies that are versatile and that can imitate many different prey items, particularly when choosing a given bass fly to fill a specific niche.  In general tackle, lures with an effective trigger and an overall profile that...

THE ESSENTIAL HOLLOW FLEYE PATTERN [VIDEO]

The genius that is Bob Popovics has created some of the most game-changing fly patterns and techniques in modern fly fishing. His laboratory is the coastal striper water of the North-East, but his patterns have shaped the way we tie and the way we fish for species the...

SHRIMP FLY PATTERNS WITH INTERNAL COLOR [VIDEO]

There are a ton of shrimp fly patterns out there. If it came right down to it, we could all be very successful with superb casting and four to five patterns. Bonefish flies and particularly shrimp flies are like steelhead flies, you can tie most colors and use a few...

POTATO CHIP GOBY CARP, BASS, AND BONEFISH FLY [VIDEO]

Gobies are succulent morsels in the world of the fish and are found quite often on flats. This can include saltwater flats for big bonefish or the rocky flats of the Great Lakes where carp and smallmouth gulp down these little fish. Fish can rarely eat just one, and...

UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENT FLY ACTIONS IS KEY TO FLY FISHING SUCCESS

Fly anglers are known for their love of “matching the hatch”. This tendency is, of course, connected to fly fishing’s close development with insect hatches over the centuries. There are definitely times when a detailed PMD is the right fly for the job, but we need to...

CRAFT FUR HOLLOW FLEYE [VIDEO]

There are so many minnow patterns out there that it can make your head spin. Many of these patterns are simply profile fly patterns with limited action. Profile patterns, patterns that maintain profile and look extremely realistic in your hand, are very effective in...

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...

FLY FISHING FOR PERMIT IN BELIZE

Fly fishing for permit in Belize, or for permit in general, is unpredictable, as some of you might painfully acknowledge.  Once we get at the top of our game, these fish disappear or won’t have anything to do with our fly.  Time on the water is as valuable a teacher...

GB SHRIMP BONEFISH FLY [VIDEO]

There are a million bonefish flies out there, like the incredibly effective Hot Legs Gotcha, so does the world need yet another? Not only are there tons of bonefish flies in general but they're mostly designed to look like a shrimp, so there all basically in the...

HOT LEGS GOTCHA BONEFISH FLY [VIDEO]

Jim McVay on a trip to Andros Island in the Bahamas developed one of the best bonefish flies of all time, the Gotcha bonefish fly. The Gotcha bonefish fly will work for any place that bonefish swim. Its design is simple, and really should be considered a style, along...

TYING CRAB FLY BODIES [VIDEO]

Not many of us can imagine eating at Red Lobster’s Crabfest every day of our lives, and there’s a reason crab meat is so expensive; it’s good!...and crabs are relatively time consuming to catch in high numbers.  On the other hand, species like permit, redfish, and...

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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