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REDFISH TOUPEE CRAB FLY

REDFISH TOUPEE CRAB FLY

The Redfish Toupee Crab is a great fly for fly fishing the Mississipi Delta. This fishery is unique and the best in the world for big bull redfish. Casts are almost always from your feet to about 35 feet. Longer casts are rare unless you find a somewhat shallow flat....

SMALLMOUTH BASS FLIES: COMPLETE GUIDE

SMALLMOUTH BASS FLIES: COMPLETE GUIDE

Smallmouth bass flies have come a long way over the years. This arose from two main influences: the popularity and innovation in fly fishing streamers and the hundreds of designs and advances in general tackle smallmouth lures. The influence of general tackle would...

FLY FISHING FOR SMALLMOUTH BASS: COMPLETE GUIDE

FLY FISHING FOR SMALLMOUTH BASS: COMPLETE GUIDE

Smallmouth bass, despite their relatively smaller size, are the absolute favorite species of many general tackle and fly anglers alike. Smallmouth are an absolutely incredible species to pursue with a fly rod. The environment they are found in, their aggressive and...

FLY FISHING FOR PERMIT IN BELIZE

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...

FLY FISHING FOR CARP: COMPLETE GUIDE

FLY FISHING FOR CARP: COMPLETE GUIDE

Fly fishing for carp has become a popular, dare I say trendy, area of the sport.  As a kid, I remember watching guys walk along in the late spring, “pitch forking” carp, i.e., stabbing carp in the shallows and leaving them there dead or in the throngs of death.  This...

CARP FLIES: A COMPLETE GUIDE

CARP FLIES: A COMPLETE GUIDE

Carp flies “are like a box of chocolates”…. well, maybe more like chocolates. Forrest Gump’s mama probably didn’t do a lot of carp fly fishing, but she sure said something that applies to carp flies. Carp flies are like bonefish or steelhead flies; there is virtually...

GREAT LAKES CARP FLY FISHING

GREAT LAKES CARP FLY FISHING

Fly fishing for carp on the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan, can be 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...

FLY FISHING WITH CHIRONOMIDS PART 1 WITH PHIL ROWLEY [PODCAST]

FLY FISHING WITH CHIRONOMIDS PART 1 WITH PHIL ROWLEY [PODCAST]

Fly fishing with chironomids is one of the most effective techniques for stillwater fly fishing. This type of fly fishing often doesn’t evoke images of high testosterone hundred-yard casts and ripping giant seven-inch streamers into the mouth of a toothy brown trout....

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

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

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...

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

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]

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]

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

Smallmouth bass, particularly for fish seventeen inches and above, are 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 are...

FLY FISHING FROM ALASKA TO THE BAHAMAS.

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