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  • Fishing Trout Tips

    Trout Tips: Dapping

    When I was a kid, the first fly-fishing technique my grandfather ever shared with me was "dapping." Rather than burden a 10-year-old with all the details of a complex fly cast, he would simply pull about three feet of fly line through the tip-top and put a hopper or some high-floating dry fly on my…

  • Fishing Fly tying

    Fly tying: Perdigon-style Zebra Midge

    The first time I ever used a Zebra Midge, I was bundled up in Neoprene waders and walking my float tube down the S-curves of Idaho's Silver Creek. Full disclosure: I'm not an enthusiastic nympher, and floating a sunken midge nymph under an indicator is probably my least-favorite brand of fly angling. But when I…

  • Fishing Trout Tips

    Trout Tips: Small stream structure, part II

    Trout in austere, backcountry creeks are oppotunists. The very thing that makes these streams so appealing to anglers—cold, cystal clear waters, amazing viewscapes, a wild, largely untouched setting—is what makes life so tough on small-stream trout. Food is scarce, and just about anything that looks like food will get a look from backcountry trout. In…

  • Fishing Fly tying

    Fly tying: Down to the wire

    I started using wire in my fly tying about a decade ago, and today, I'm not sure what I'd do without it. It's a versatile tying material that do anything from add weight to simple sparkle, or to toughen up a fly to make it last longer. I've even started using really thin wire on…

  • Fishing Trout Tips

    Trout Tips: Pace of play

    The world-famous Ridge Pool on the River Moy in Ireland. Editor's note: The following tip is from TU's new book, "Trout Tips," available now for overnight delivery. If you are working from upsream to down, say, swinging streamders for steelhead or salmon, it's important to cast, sweep, take a few steps, and cast again. In…

  • Fishing Fly tying

    Fly tying: Composite Loop Zonker

    I'm always amazed at the creativity of fly-tying experts who are constantly inventing new ways to tie flies that fish will eat. While I'm something of a "simpler is better" tier, I certainly do appreciate the time and effort that go into making flies that incorporate a number of tricks and odd tools to accomplish.…