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    AFFTA’s Bulis steps down

    It may not be considered remarkable news when the head of an industry trade association steps down, but for fly fishers across America, this one's different. Ben Bulis, president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association for the past nine years, announced his resignation this week. Bulis helped rejuvenate AFFTA, working to first save the…

  • Trout Talk

    Mending line when indicator fishing

    One has to wonder if fly fishing would have enjoyed such a defining renaissance if Norman Maclean's father, a Presbyterian minister, was a nymph angler rather than a "purist" dry-fly fisher. Presumably, the good minister would have passed down the art of nymphing to his sons, choosing to abandon the romance associated with dry-fly fishing.…

  • Trout Tips

    Tom Rosenbauer helps us understand mayflies

    Understanding the mayfly life cycle will help you catch more trout

    Mayflies. We all love them. We all fish them. But do we understand them? Orvis' Tom Rosenbauer, in association with the folks at The New Fly Fisher, notes that entomology has probably discouraged more would-be fly fishers from diving into the sport than we might ever know. But, he also says, it doesn't take a…

  • Community

    We are TU: Pauline Ellis

    I don’t believe that any of us are “average TU members." Each of us have much to offer. Take a chance. Reach out. Share your passion

    We care about clean water, healthy fisheries and vibrant communities. We roll up our sleeves to volunteer, we sit on our boards, and we strategize as members and leaders of staff. We want you to join us.  For a discounted first-time membership, click here: https://gifts.tu.org/we-are-tu  Pauline Ellis' nomination said that she'd recently picked up fly fishing and…

  • Trout Tips

    Try the float-and-fly technique for still-water trout

    The "float-and-fly" technique is pretty similar to the old fly and bubble rig you might have tried as a youngster, or before you completely converted fly fishing

    Fly fishing on lakes in late fall can be a crapshoot. Same thing for chasing trout in the early spring after ice-out. Often, you're mingling at the edges of the season where a lake "turns over," or when surface water that's been heated by the sun all summer begins to cool and becomes more dense.…

  • Featured

    Finding ‘lake mode’ out of angling necessity

    I'm not much of a lake guy. Don't misunderstand that statement. I like lakes as an idea. Fishing them, though, is problematic, mostly because the lakes I would relish fishing are well off the beaten track — I'm only willing to tote a float tube so far before I lose interest, and I'm only willing…

  • Trout Tips

    Tying the Wiggler version of the San Juan Worm

    The good, old San Juan Worm is one of the best fly patterns out there, even if you might feel a bit sheepish tying it on for fear one of your buddies will see you casting it and accuse you of high-brow cheating.  Of course, you’re not cheating—you’re imitating an aquatic food source that’s common…