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Sometimes you have to get the trout's attention.  Often, the simplest advice is the best. And when it comes to fly fishing, with all its trappings and the intimidating vocabulary ranging from fly sizes, line and rod weights, tippet sizes and sink ratings, simpler is better, particularly for folks [ READ MORE... ]
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If you fish in froggy water—slow-moving, maybe a bit muddy—you need to have damselfly nymphs in your fly box. They work well in long slicks in trout water or even in high-elevation trout ponds and lakes. And, of course, they're great for warm-water critters like bass and bluegill in waters where [ READ MORE... ]
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Often, it's the little things that make a fly look like it's supposed to look. Dubbing is the perfect example. Dubbing itself is a mass of fibers, be it made of hair or artificial stuff, like Antron. Some of my favorite flies require expertly dubbed bodies—consider what an Adams might look like if [ READ MORE... ]
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The Hooke film series focusing on the people who fish is pretty darned cool. Not only do these short films feature some wonderful scenery from Scandanavia and other destinations, but they focus on the people who fish and find ways to incorporate fishing into their lives. Lars Munk is no exception. [ READ MORE... ]
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I love our fly fishing heritage. I love the way our craft is steeped in tradition. And there are some flies that just emote the glorious past of fly fishing—flies like the Red Quill, tied in the video below by Joe Fox. As Tim Flagler describes it, Fox is "fly-tying royalty," based largely on his [ READ MORE... ]
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Many fly fishers claim obsession. We spend hours and hours hunched over fly tying vises meticulously crafting the right bug for the right fish at the right time of year ... or even the right time of day. We load up on thousands of dollars worth of gear—whether we really need it or not. We pour over [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Hunt Every move I made seemed amplified in the little jon boat—every time I set my fishing sling down on the aluminum deck or shifted my flip-flopped feet or repositioned a fly rod, it sounded as if I was ringing an off-key church bell. The little boat was new to me, as was the water I [ READ MORE... ]
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Who doesn't like catching fish on top? With poppers, no less. Several years back, while fishing with a great group of guys on Alaska's Tongass National Forest, I was introduced to the fact that pink salmon—yes, pink salmon—will hit poppers just as they're reporting for spawning duty from the [ READ MORE... ]
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About a decade ago, while sitting at a table in the dining room at what is now Calder Mountain Lodge on the northern, roadless tip of Prince of Wales Island, I busied myself tying up a few bright orange streamers for the next day's fishing for Dolly Varden in the island's tannin-stained salmon [ READ MORE... ]
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Delaney Hunt with a Black Canyon rainbow. Photo by Chris Hunt. The second chapter in TU's newest book, "Trout Tips," deals with fly selection. When we fish new water, we're often mystified at what the trout we're after might, in turn, be after. Hence the age-old question, "What're they hitting?" [ READ MORE... ]
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