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How to Fish a Winter Midge Hatch

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How to Fish a Winter Midge Hatch

It’s hard to be a fly angler in the winter. The weather is bitterly cold, the rivers are clogged with ice, and the days of casting to rising trout seem farther and farther away. During early winter with the distractions of the holidays, you hardly notice not being on the water. But as time marches...
Kubie Brown Mar 4, 2022
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You Might Not Need (or Want) the Most Expensive Fly Rod

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You Might Not Need (or Want) the Most Expensive Fly Rod

Ever since the days of split-bamboo fly rods, anglers have been tinkering with rod tapers, rod actions, flex patterns, materials, components, grips, styles, and more. Experimentation lies at the heart of angling, and anglers have created an impressive array of tools for their enjoyment. Over the...
Steve Schwartz Mar 1, 2022
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Fly Fishing Rod Weight, Action, and Flex Explained

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Fly Fishing Rod Weight, Action, and Flex Explained

The beauty of fly fishing lies in personal style. No, I’m not talking about felt hats and plaid shirts. I’m talking about the style with which you tie and select flies, cast, target fish, and generally approach the sport. On one side of the aisle, you’ll have fly anglers who only run nymphs in swift...
Steve Schwartz Feb 15, 2022
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4 Misconceptions About Mousing for Trout

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4 Misconceptions About Mousing for Trout

Warm blood oozes from the eye sockets of a mouse clenched in the hook jaws of a big brown trout. Have you bought that T-shirt yet? There are plenty of similar rodent-themed wearables and stickers and Buffs out there now, because over the last five years or so, fly anglers have become obsessed with...
Joe Cermele Jan 20, 2022
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World Record Mountain Whitefish Caught in Oregon

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World Record Mountain Whitefish Caught in Oregon

It was the first time Alex Dietz got out on the water after the birth of his first child, a daughter named Willow, a month prior—certainly an auspicious moment for any angler. Dec. 19 brought a chill over Oregon’s hallowed Deschutes River, where he and friends were nymphing for the river’s native...
Sam Lungren Jan 14, 2022
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Pick Up a Spin Rod to Become a Better Fly Angler

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Pick Up a Spin Rod to Become a Better Fly Angler

The Drunk & Disorderly is one of my all-time favorite trout streamers. It’s also one of the most complex patterns ever created. The placement of every feather, the order of each type of body material, isn’t simply cosmetic nor accidental. It has a reason. The mallard flank tied in flat over the tail...
Joe Cermele Jan 6, 2022
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The Undead Drift: Fly Fishing’s Spooky Secret

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The Undead Drift: Fly Fishing’s Spooky Secret

The first day of school in a fly fishing education invariably involves discussion of the “dead drift.” This concept of allowing your flies to float unencumbered at the exact pace of the current is central to the art and crucial for early success. It also leaves out a lot of information in regard to...
Sam Lungren Oct 29, 2021
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How to Nymph for Trout

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How to Nymph for Trout

When we go out fly fishing, we go dreaming about those iconic moments—when you cast a fly, drift it slowly over a feeding trout, and watch it rise to sip the bug gently off the surface. Yet, as often as we fantasize about these situations, they’re about as rare as seeing a shooting star or hearing a...
Kubie Brown Sep 27, 2021
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How to Fish Terrestrials for Tricky Trout

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How to Fish Terrestrials for Tricky Trout

One of the most commonly frustrating elements of dry fly fishing is matching the hatch. While you will sometimes see dozens of trout rising to hatches so thick you get bugs in your mouth as you scramble down to the river, those moments are rare. Most of the time you’re faced with a pod of rising...
Kubie Brown Aug 16, 2021
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5 Conventional Gear Tackle Hacks for Fly Fishing

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5 Conventional Gear Tackle Hacks for Fly Fishing

The dichotomy between fly fishing and conventional fishing has always felt a little silly to me. If you truly love fish and the glorious pursuit of them, you’ll do it by whatever means necessary. Sometimes fly tackle is far more effective for a given situation. Oftentimes spin or baitcast tackle...
Sam Lungren Jun 30, 2021
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Elevated Fishing: How to Catch High-Mountain Trout

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Elevated Fishing: How to Catch High-Mountain Trout

Summer is around the corner, and the last memory of winter will be the ice melting off lakes high in the mountains. When the water is finally exposed, anglers can return to these high places from our inferior dwellings to hunt for gorgeous, delicious alpine trout. For the last five years I’ve...
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