WARM WATER FLY FISHING

MUSKY FLY FISHING: THE HUNT with RICK KUSTICH [PODCAST]

Musky fly fishing has become so popular that it is almost common to find someone in your fly fishing circle who fly fishes for muskies almost exclusively. The payoff with musky on the fly is a toothy fish with arguably the biggest appetite of any species taken on a...

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...

GREAT LAKES CARP: LESSONS FROM CARP FLY FISHING

Fly fishing for carp on the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan, is one of the most enjoyable experiences a freshwater fly angler can have.  We’ve all seen the photos and read the articles, but what is not mentioned in these articles is that fly fishing for carp...

MUSKY MINDSET: MUSKY ON THE FLY WITH CHRIS WILLEN [PODCAST]

Musky on the fly has to do with mindset as much as anything.  Dedication, skill, and knowledge all meet at the musky mindset.  How we cover the water, what flies we use, how we tie our flies, and what we consider big all change with a musky mindset.  In this podcast,...

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...

TROPHY RIVER SMALLMOUTH BASS ON THE FLY & MIKE SCHULTZ [PODCAST]

Smallmouth bass fly fishing, particularly for fish seventeen inches and above, is tough to beat as a freshwater fly fishing experience.  The fish are mean and tough.  They live in some of the most beautiful and unique venues of the Unites States and even beyond.  They...

TROPHY CARP ON THE FLY & JOHN BARTLETT [PODCAST]

Trophy carp fly fishing is something that John Bartlett has specialized in for years now, and he is among the top carp fly anglers in the world when it comes to catching trophy carp on the fly.  What makes a trophy carp?  Well, that’s debatable, but we start with the...

ENRICO PUGLISI BLUEGILL AND SUNFISH BASS FLY [VIDEO]

Smaller fish never know what lies below the depths or what is lurking in the shadows. This was the case when I took my kids out to catch bluegills one summer and they kept catching a bunch of three to six-inch bluegills and sunfish. After they would land a fish, they...

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...

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...

HOPPER FLY PATTERN: MR. PEANUT HOPPER [VIDEO]

Hopper fly patterns are a ton of fun to fish. They’re not always the ticket, but when fish are looking for them, big fish are not shy about munching on them. Summer and fall mark hopper time in the northern hemisphere when the nymphs hatch and begin the first of five...

ARTICULATED STREAMERS: ARTICULATION

Articulated streamers, or articulated flies in general, are decades old. However, articulated streamers have really become hugely popular within the last ten years. Everything seems to be articulated these days, although I still haven’t seen many articulated dry flies...

STREAMER FLIES AND THE SUBTLETIES OF MEAT WITH MIKE SCHMIDT

Streamer flies have a tendency to get lost in a vast sea of bunny and deer hair. The common term for these flies is “meat”—“we threw meat today”. While this term makes a lot of sense, the differences in streamer patterns also often end up being lost when you throw...

STREAMER FISHING: TAKING THE NEXT STEP

When you talk about streamer fishing, you need to start with professional bass fishing. In professional bass fishing, there are normally two types of bass fisherman. There are power fishermen and finesse fishermen. Kevin VanDam is one of the most famous bass fisherman...

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...

JACKALOPE CARP FLY [VIDEO]

Most truly great carp flies are impressionistic. If a carp fly is going to work from coast to coast and even from pole to pole (probably no carp at either pole), the carp fly has to imitate a lot of different food items. The other alternative is that the carp fly...

CARP FLIES: HOW TO TIE AND SELECT THEM

Carp flies “are like a box of chocolates”…. well, maybe more like chocolates.  Mr. Gump’s mama probably didn’t do a lot of carp fly fishing, but she sure said something that applies to them. Carp flies are like bonefish or steelhead flies; there is virtually no limit...

FLY FISHING FROM ALASKA TO THE BAHAMAS.

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