Fly tying: The Chernobyl Ant

It’s the best time of year for dry-fly fishers. It’s “terrestrial season.” Hoppers, beetles and ants are the flavor of the day, and high-floating foam imitations are among the best flies out there to chase top-water trout that are looking for big meals during this rare time of plenty. Video of Chernobyl Ant Here, Tim … Read more

Trout Tips: Rifle-shoot that cast

Editor’s note: The following is experpted from TU’s new book, “Trout Tips,” which is available for overnight delivery. When prospecting for trout, don’t flock-shoot and cast to the top of the run where you think there might be a fish and let your fly drift throught the whole run. Split the pool or run into … Read more

Fly tying: The Casual Dress

I love fly patterns that incorporate a bit of inventiveness, or include some new tricks that I never considered at the vise. Polly Rosbourough’s Casual Dress is one of those patterns. Not only is a fairly simple endeavor to tie a few of these small streamers up, but the tying itself incorporates some nifty procedures … Read more

Fly tying: Clipping, cleaning and stacking hair

One of the toughest fly-tying skills for new tiers is using the hair-stacker that comes with the beginner tying kit to actually stack hair for flies like elk-hair caddis, stonefly patterns, Stimulators and the like. I know when I first tried it, I ended up with quite a mess—nothing like the instructional video promised. Video … Read more

Trout Tips: Go different

Sometimes, picky fish will take something big and ugly. Something … different. Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s new book, “Trout Tips,” available now for overnight delivery. You probably know this, becuase it’s hardly a secret, but don’t get hung up on popular or traditional patterns. Sometimes, even on super-tough, technical water, fish … Read more

Fly tying: The Cream Variant

As Tim Flagler notes in the video below, the Cream Variant is “an oldie, but a goodie.” Indeed, I remember seeing this pattern for the first time as a child—it is the epitome of delicate fly fishing, and I remember thinking that all flies used for fishing should be this beautiful. Video of Cream Variant … Read more

Trout Tips: Putting the line through the guides

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from “Trout Tips,” TU’s new book that can be shipped directly to you, overnight. The problem: When stringing a line on your rod, who hasn’t reached the tip, only to drop the line and then watch it fall all the way down through all of the eyes? The solution: … Read more

Fly tying: The Slumpbuster

The Slumpbuster is a John Barr creation, and it’s intent is exactly as the name implies. It’s big. It’s heavy. It pushes water. It’s the “look at me!” fly that we all search for when things are slow, the action suddenly ceases or under high water when finding fish might be a bit of a … Read more

Fly tying: Mercer’s Missing Link

Stumped. We’ve all been there — thrown everything in our boxes at a handful of rising trout until, one by one, we’ve put them down. Fishing the Snake River with some friends, we watched fish after fish slash at stoneflies and completely ignore our imitations as the cleanly drifted past. We’d tried every stonefly imitation … Read more