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    Spring Fly Showdown: The final four

    The Prince Nymph squares off with the Elk-hair Caddis, and the Adams goes up against the Woolly Bugger

    The first-ever TU-Loon Outdoors Spring Fly Showdown comes down to four much-loved fly patterns that likely have homes in fly boxes all over the world. Two classic dry-fly patterns, an old-school, yet still-beloved nymph and likely the best streamer pattern ever tied. Game 1: Elk-hair caddis vs. Prince Nymph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O24oZLeiEYo Tying the Elk-hair Caddis. Like…

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    Spring Fly Showdown: Copper John vs. the Adams

    The Copper John or the Adams?

    The round-of-eight bracket in the TU-Loon Outdoors Spring Fly Showdown features one of best deep-diving nymphs ever tied and perhaps the most widely used dry fly on earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on6tnuje1SY Tying the Copper John. First tied by Colorado fly tier John Barr, the Copper John is now a nymph angling go-to bug, particularly in tailwaters where,…

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    Living Waters Fly Fishing is Texas’ fly shop

    These are difficult times. COVID-19 has all of us on edge. Millions of us are under lockdown. Millions more are isolating themselves and practicing social distancing, limiting their personal contact with others. It’s a global pandemic, and it’s serious business. In communities across the US and around the world, we’re all experiencing it. We’re all…

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    Spring Fly Showdown: Pheasant-tail Nymph vs. San Juan Worm

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    This a matchup between two proven subsurface patterns that trout really seem to love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr-sHHtgJiE Tying the San Juan Worm. No, it's not cheating or even unethical to tie a San Juan Worm to your tippet— worms are an important part of a trout's diet, and if you're not fishing because you think it's on…

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    Spring Fly Showdown: Chernobyl Ant vs. the RS2

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    This matchup in the Spring Fly Showdown pits one of the best big-fly attractors against maybe the best emerger pattern ever tied for picky trout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GaOWLOM9rE Tying the Chernobyl. Honestly, this fly pattern might be the only good thing to come out of the disastrous nuclear meltdown in the former Soviet Union in 1986 (too…

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    Spring Fly Showdown: Bead-head Hare’s Ear vs. Woolly Bugger

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    The second round of the TU-Loon Outdoors Spring Fly Challenge wraps up today, with several intriguing battles. This particular face-off includes what might be the best streamer pattern ever tied against a staple nymph pattern that most anglers go to when nothing else works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qddVdhAFFg Tying the Woolly Bugger. The Woolly Bugger is perhaps the…

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    Spring Fly Showdown: Prince Nymph vs. Dave’s Hopper

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    The TU-Loon Outdoors Spring Fly Showdown continues with four matchups today. The first face-off is between what might be the best attractor nymph ever tied, and a classic grasshopper pattern that populated fly boxes for decades. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfAFJvbgWTk Tying the Prince Nymph. The Prince Nymph might be a nymph angler’s answer to the Royal Wulff. Tied…