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Tying deer- and elk-hair wings to my flies might be the weakest skill I have at the vise. I'm not a master tier, but I know my way around the fly shop when it comes to materials, hooks, threads, and the like. But this one skill has eluded me.  Thankfully, Tim Flagler is out there to help guys like [ READ MORE... ]
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The first time I ever used a Zebra Midge, I was bundled up in Neoprene waders and walking my float tube down the S-curves of Idaho's Silver Creek. Full disclosure: I'm not an enthusiastic nympher, and floating a sunken midge nymph under an indicator is probably my least-favorite brand of fly [ READ MORE... ]
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A pair of fly fishing entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom are hoping to modernize the average fly box by making inserting and removing flies easier and cleaner, giving anglers more time with flies in the water. The new Ripplebox is brilliantly simple in its design, and, from what I can tell, a [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Hunt   The old two-track along the small stream in Idaho’s Caribou National Forest sees some ATVs now and then, but not too many folks in their Razors are there to fish, thankfully.   It’s not a secret stream, not by any means. But it take some effort to get there. And once you’re there, [ READ MORE... ]
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I started using wire in my fly tying about a decade ago, and today, I'm not sure what I'd do without it. It's a versatile tying material that do anything from add weight to simple sparkle, or to toughen up a fly to make it last longer. I've even started using really thin wire on some of my dry [ READ MORE... ]
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I'm always amazed at the creativity of fly-tying experts who are constantly inventing new ways to tie flies that fish will eat. While I'm something of a "simpler is better" tier, I certainly do appreciate the time and effort that go into making flies that incorporate a number of tricks and odd [ READ MORE... ]
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I've learned a lot about fly tying over the last few years, thanks to Tim Flagler's tying videos, and his "One-minute Fly Tying Tips and Techniques" videos he does through Orvis. The latter series is particularly helpful for beginning fly tiers who might need some help understanding certain aspects [ READ MORE... ]
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Who says fly fishers can't appreciate art just like anyone else? If you've ever watched a true fly-tying artist craft an Atlantic salmon fly at the vise, you know that really good tiers have a flare for the artistic. Tim Flagler is no different.  Stonefly Creeper Video [ READ MORE... ]
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I love small-stream trout fishing. High summer, when it finally arrives in the Rockies, is the perfect time to get into the backcountry and chase trout in smaller waters.  Trout Tips | Small Streams In the video above, we cover some basic small-stream fly [ READ MORE... ]
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We do occasionally do some product reviews here at TU, both in TROUT Magazine and also here online. It's a simple process, honestly. Gear manufacturers will send samples to volunteer and staff reviewers, and we'll test out the gear and then let our readers know what we think.  Do we get "free gear [ READ MORE... ]
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