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Years ago, I navigated our old Toyota Landcruiser high into the mountains off the shoulders of Monarch Pass in southern Colorado. The gravel road was a nightmare, even for my seemingly indestructable beast of a vehicle, and I was forced to come a stop when I reached a snowbank even the Landcruiser [ READ MORE... ]
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When I first started tying flies many years ago, one of the biggest challenges for me was tying hackle into the head of the fly without getting too close to the end of the hook and covering up the hook eye as I finished the fly. Even now, a couple of decades later, this is still one of the mistakes [ READ MORE... ]
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One of the biggest challenges for fly tiers, particularly new tiers, is the handling of dubbing for fly bodies. For most flies, dries or nymphs, a simple dubbing twist is all you need, and it's relatively easy to master. But some flies require a body that's a bit more buggy ... a bit more natural. [ READ MORE... ]
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I love "mash-up" flies—inventions at the vise that work on trout for no particular reason at all. Just this week, I tried a simple wet fly pattern I "created" at the vise a couple weeks ago for Firehole River trout, and I was rewarded with some of the most aggressive brown trout takes I'd ever [ READ MORE... ]
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Tying flies that don't really imitate anything specific, but might contain a hint of this or that is always fun for me. When a fly isn't supposed to represent a specific prey base, I almost feel as if I have license to be a bit creative at the vise. As expected, the results have been mixed. The [ READ MORE... ]
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Editor's note: The following is exerpted from TU's new book, "Trout Tips," available for order online.  If you know a fish saw your fly and didn't pay attention to it, switch your pattern entirely. When the fish does pay attention, mabye even tracks it ... rises... juuuust about opens its mouth, [ READ MORE... ]
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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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