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    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…

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    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…

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    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.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Use UV resin to keep small flies from unraveling

    Eventually, I got to where I could place just the right amount ahead of the hackle and behind the hook eye before I whip-finished the fly

    I’ve always been something of a ham-handed fly tier, and, generally speaking, the bigger the fly, the easier it is for me to tie. I’m a big guy at six-foot-five, and my hands correspond to my height. They just aren’t meant for detail work. But I live in eastern Idaho, and during fall and winter,…

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    Tying the Flow Stone for high-water nymphing

    Sleek, slender and heavy Euro-style nymphs are gaining popularity in the U.S., largely thanks to international fly-fishing tournaments where European anglers tend to take top honors more often than not. Make no mistake about it, these Perdigon-style nymphs catch fish. Below, Loon Outdoors' Matt Callies ties a larger variant of this Euro-style nymph — his…