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Tight-lline or "Euro" nymphing isn't anything new, but for a lot of anglers—particularly new or novice fly fishers—it can be a bit confusing. I think what confounds most anglers new to the method is the disbelief that a full-grown fisherman can generally stand right in the midst of feeding trout [ READ MORE... ]
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As a utilitarian fly tier, if I can find a fly that's both simple to tie and effective on the water, I'm in a pretty good place. I like flies that I can a dozen of at a single sitting and not feel like I've been hunched over the vise for hours. Wood Duck Heron Video of [ READ MORE... ]
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Back in my early newspaper days, when we actually used flats to lay pages out on lightboards, I never went anywhere without my trusty X-Acto knife. I used it to trim border tape, surgically slice columns to fit the allotted space and do all sorts of trimming once the actual journalism was done and [ READ MORE... ]
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Normally, when I hear Tim Flagler say that he's tying a fly in a size 20, "but feel free to go smaller," I just throw up my hands and resign myself to the fact that the pattern he's demonstrated is for fingers smaller and more dextrous than mine.  Palomino Midge Video of [ READ MORE... ]
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By Toner Mitchell Step one: throw a long cast down or upstream, immediately click the bail, establish tension, then activate your lure with a six to eight foot pull. Step two: stop everything. In these two moves, you have alerted every trout in the pool to the arrival of a big and vulnerable prey.  [ READ MORE... ]
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One of the most basic skill fly tiers must learn when getting into the craft is how to manage the thread as it comes off the bobbin. It seems simple, but I can't count the times I've watched brand-new tiers trying to figure out just how much thread they need to work with as they sit down to tie a [ READ MORE... ]
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Russian River Falls. Photo from Flickr Creative Commons By Jenny Weis I was momentarily upset when a member/supporter event for work, “Community Fishing Day,” got scheduled the same Saturday as Ladies Backpacking Weekend. Summer goes by so fast, and with visitors, salmon fishing, travel and jam- [ READ MORE... ]
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My friend Mark Melnyk travels the world hosting episodes of The New Fly Fisher, an old-school fly-fishing program that's adapting to its web-only format quite nicely. Every time I watch an episode, I'm transported back to those lazy Saturday mornings in the 1990s and early 2000s, when hosts like [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_hunt ON October 18 - 0 COMMENTS
Fly tying: The RS2
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I was in Denver a couple of weeks for a family thing,  and I got to spend some time with my aunt and uncle in the city's suburbs. My uncle is an avid fly fisher—he and I went to northern Saskatchewan this past summer and spent four days on a boat together chasing pike. We had a blast. RS2 [ READ MORE... ]
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Throwing big, weighted streamers can be challenging for a lot of anglers—the added weight also adds some needed nuances to your cast, if for no other reason than to avoid wearing a big, purple monstrosity as an earring.  But what about flies tied to even heavier jigheads? Is the need to get really [ READ MORE... ]
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