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blog BY chris_hunt ON December 11 - 0 COMMENTS
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By Kirk Deeter I go through cycles when it comes to fly selection. I once spent an entire summer fishing only five patterns, just to test the theory that presentation matters more than the fly pattern itself.  I didn’t draw any conclusions, but I caught plenty of trout. For the record, those [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Hunt It’s December. How did that happen? Why, just last week, it seemed, I was casting fat Chernobyls to willing cutthroats on Bear Creek under the warmest of summer suns.  But today, as I step outside to grab the mail, my nostrils freeze tight and the vapor from my breath circles my face [ READ MORE... ]
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If you're like me, any pattern that calls for a size 24 hook is a pattern best left to the experts. Tim Flagler's Zelon Musk Midge is a prime example. Zelon Musk Midge Video of Zelon Musk Midge This might be the simplest midge pattern I've ever seen. It [ READ MORE... ]
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Fly ribbing is not only a great way to "segment" a nymph body, but, as Tim Flagler points out below, it's a great way to protect delicate materials, like peacock herl. How to Rib a Fly and Why Video of How to Rib a Fly and Why I tie a few nymphs with wire [ READ MORE... ]
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We've all been there. We come across a nice rising trout occupying a small stretch of calm, clear water, and we know it's going to take the right cast with the right fly for this wary critter to strike. For me, it happened ages ago on the South Fork of the White River in northwest Colorado. A [ READ MORE... ]
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The blood knot was one of the hardest knots for me to master on the water, and the fact that it is virtually necessary makes it an important knot to get your head around.  I have big fingers, so inticate work with monofilament lines and tippets is tricky enough. The blood knot requires a bit of [ READ MORE... ]
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By Eric Booton I had my inaugural taste of saltwater fly fishing just over a year ago in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I was fortunate to find my first roosterfish on our half day guided trip and was surprised by the luck my (then) fiancé and I had catching fish, mostly of species unknown to us, in the [ READ MORE... ]
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Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 4.11.18 PM.png When I was a kid, I loved spin fishing for bass and panfish in East Texas' Lake Tyler. My dad worked for a company that had a park and a boat launch on the lake, as well as a swimming area complete with a floating barge, and a [ READ MORE... ]
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When I got my first beginning fly-tying kit all those years ago, most of the tools made sense. But there was this weird loopy, wiry thing that just confounded me. It was a whip-finishing tool. I set it aside and when I tied my first fly (likely a horrible-looking Woolly Bugger that, on its best day [ READ MORE... ]
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Adding weight to flies can be tricky. A lot of tiers prefer to simply add a bead of varying weight to the hook before tying, which not only gives the fly some weight, but also some flash and character.   Adding Lead-Free Wire Wraps Video of Adding Lead-Free Wire Wraps [ READ MORE... ]
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