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The ethics of the dropper

The ethics of the dropper

The ethics of fly fishing can get pretty sticky, or at least I’m gleaning that from social media, where some folks aren’t afraid to scold fellow anglers for teetering on the edge of angling impropriety, whether that impropriety is real or perceived

Prospecting blue lines

Prospecting blue lines

A trail generally follows the stream on its gentle course to Shoshone Lake. If you walk the trail, you might occasionally see a tiny brook trout finning in a deep, dark corner of the creek. More likely, if you’re not an angler and staring keenly through polarized lenses through clear water isn’t really your thing, you might notice a fish dart for cover as your shadow crosses the stream

Last Chance Purple Haze

Last Chance Purple Haze

I spent a couple of days last week on the Henry’s Fork’s upper reaches, trying to fool uber-educated trout in the Box Canyon and Railroad Ranch stretches of the river. This time of year, those tailwater sections of the river are likely the most hospitable...

Finesse dubbing

Finesse dubbing

Using dubbing to craft fly bodies and collars shouldn’t be that difficult, regardless of the material you use in the process. But, for those new to the craft, dubbing can often give them fits at the vise

The Green Drake

The Green Drake

Here in the West, the Green Drake is the harbinger of summer. Dependably, our largest mayfly shows up within a few days of the summer solstice, give or take a few days, and, if we happen to get some rain, this hatch can last for weeks

The Sulphur Klinkhammer

The Sulphur Klinkhammer

The legendary sulphur mayfly hatches on East Coast rivers have likely started for some attentive anglers, and the evening duns will continue to emerge for some time, with the famed bugs coming off wistful cream-colored clouds. But as any angler who has fished the sulphur hatch knows, getting the size and silhouette exactly right is vital — with so many natural bugs on the water, fooling trout with an imitation can be tough

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The Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph

The Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph

The venerable Pheasant Tail Nymph turns up in most fly boxes, as it should. It’s a buggy pattern, and the iridescence of the peacock herl tied in as the bug’s abdomen always seems to draw trout to this classic fly. Over the years, the patterns has evolved...

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