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If you fish for trout, you likely have at least half-a dozen spools of tippet constantly at the ready, just in case you need to add length to your leader, change the tippet strength to throw bigger flies to larger fish or to rebuild a diminishing leader. And, if you're like me, you despise the [ READ MORE... ]
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It's almost summer, which means it's almost time to get out on the small waters here in the West and prospect for wild and native trout. There may be no better "attractor" pattern for trout than the venerable Adams. First tied in 1922 by Leonard Halladay to imitate a basic mayfly, and first fished [ READ MORE... ]
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Fly tying is always an exercise in patience, at least for me. While I enjoy tying flies, I'm good for about a half-dozen at a time. Then I get antsy. So, the less time I spend at the vise and the more time I spend actually fishing the flies I tie is important to me. That's why I'm always on the [ READ MORE... ]
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Some flies are so simple to tie that you wonder how, with such little effort at the vise, they can be effective. The Insult, tied below by Tim Flagler, is such a fly. The Insult Designed to imitate active nymphs that either swim or end up in the current quite [ READ MORE... ]
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By Eric Booton   I couldn’t resist chuckling to myself as I boarded a flight from Anchorage to Los Angeles with my fly rod in hand. I work, live and play in Alaska. The salmon state. The land of 30-inch rainbow trout. Home of seemingly endless fishing options. Yet I, a self described mountain bum, [ READ MORE... ]
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I use a variety of knots, both on the water and in the rigging process. Perhaps none is quicker, easier and more dependable than the simple perfection loop.  Perfection Loop Video of Perfection Loop Here, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates just [ READ MORE... ]
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As an enthusiastic, yet ham-handed fly tier, there's nothing more frustrating to me than having a fly unravel before my very eyes thanks to a simple lapse in focus. It's aggravating.  Tim Flagler to the rescue. Using Half Hitches to Save Your Work This is [ READ MORE... ]
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Sometimes the bugs that make Mother's Day famous for fly fishers don't adhere to the calendar, but it's generally pretty close. From the Arkansas the Yakima to the Henry's Fork, the first couple weeks of May typically mean it's time for caddis flies. I had an epic caddis day on the Warm River, a [ READ MORE... ]
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Nymphing has come a long way over the last couple of decades—many fly anglers will start with attractor nymphs on new water, simply because they make great searching patterns and tend to be top-of-mind when nothing is obviously hatching. But, even searching with attractors like a Prince or a basic [ READ MORE... ]
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Those of us who tie flies have dealt with the challenges of uncooperative thread, and it's possible that many of us don't even know that "we're doing it wrong." In the video below, Tim Flagler shows us how to cord and uncord tying thread for various situations.  Cording and Uncording [ READ MORE... ]
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