Red Tag Wet Fly

Wet flies fished on the swing can be among the most effective patterns for trout, particularly in late summer and early fall when migratory fish, like brown trout and brook trout, are aggressive and hungry. Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions ties a great wet fly pattern in the video above. Although originally tied in England … Read more

The mouse-muncher

I can feel myself shaking but for some reason I still hold my hand out for visual verification.  The sort of tremble a fish hasn’t left with since putting a rooster fish in the net or landing my first steelhead. My adrenaline is spiked and the only way my grin could be any bigger is if I’d brought the fish to hand, but that’s of surprisingly … Read more

Natural dubbing materials

Fly tying is so sophisticated these days, that sometimes it pays to take a step back and really examine the materials we use as we conjure up the next great pattern at the vise. Take dubbing, for instance. This is the material used in both dry flies and nymphs, generally to craft fly bodies for … Read more

The Mickey Finn

With fall coming on and a few high-country leaves starting to turn here in the Rockies, some anglers are jumping ahead to “streamer season.” I’m not ready to make the leap just yet, but I do generally have a few flies in my box that work well during the shoulder season that is late summer … Read more

Hopper-dropper fishing

With terrestrial season coming on strong throughout the country, it’s an obvious time to start flinging a hopper-dropper rig. But what’s the best way to do it? What knots make the most sense? How far below the high-floating hopper should the “dropper” nymph be? Here’s a great short video from the New Fly Fisher that … Read more

The black ant

Terrestrial season is upon us. Ants and beetles are likely already crossing the downed logs over your favorite trout stream, and I’m betting grasshoppers won’t be far behind. And trout love terrestrial bugs—they’re big mouthfuls of protein. Perhaps the simplest terrestrial bug to tie is the good old black ant. Above, Matt Callies of Loon … Read more