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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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Attractor patterns occupy a special spot in my heart—I love flies that are versatile and might represent any number of buggy possibilities, but no one bug in particular. Such is the case with the Last Walt's, a fly Tim Flagler ties in the video below. The Last Walt's [ READ MORE... ]
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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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