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Everybody loves the venerable Chernoble Ant—the high-floating foam creation that late-summer trout simply can't seem to resisit.  Chubby Chernobyl Video of Chubby Chernobyl Above, Tim Flagler ties his Chubby Chernobyl, and even gawdier, nuclear-inspired critter [ READ MORE... ]
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For me and other dry-fly enthusiasts (and that's putting it mildly, at least in my opinion), this month is the month. It's "hopper time."  Here in Idaho, our backcountry streams are in great shape–runoff is well past done, night-time temperatures are a bit chilly, whcih serves to keep our high- [ READ MORE... ]
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This time of year, when the big terrestrial bugs are out and about, trout are definitely looking up. But trout, like any fishy predator, are opportunists—that's why the "hopper-dropper" set-up with a high-floating bug on top followed a couple feet down by a nymph is so en vogue.  But what about a [ READ MORE... ]
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Photos courtesy Bristol Bay Fly Fishing and Guide Academy. Teaching young adults about the significance of salmon conservation is one of the best methods to ensure our fishy friends’ existence in the future. Corporations and non-profit organizations in Alaska have teamed up to make sure that this [ READ MORE... ]
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Here in the West, we're officially in the Dog Days — it's hot. As Niel Simon wrote in Biloxi Blues, "Man, it's hot. It's like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn't take this kind of hot." OK, maybe I'm being a little dramatic. But, when it gets this hot, it stresses our lower-elevation trout streams—water [ READ MORE... ]
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Photo shamelessly lifted from Scott Hood's Facebook page. My friend Scott Hood shared a little video recently on his Facebook page—simple instructions for tying his locally famous TFTCE fly (The Fly That Catches Everything). To date, Scott tells me, this Woolly Bugger-variant has nabbed about 15 [ READ MORE... ]
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Fly-tying materials, particularly for new tiers, can be confounding. And it doesn't help when professional tiers go all out with exotic materials that are both expensive and super hard to find. But some materials are easy to get a hold of, and, with some advice from seasoned tiers, can be put to [ READ MORE... ]
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Ah, hopper season. For dry-fly anglers, it's like Christmas, the Fourth of July and the day we got our first bicycle all rolled up into one. Fat, floating hunks of foam and rubber legs that bring big fish to the top? Oh, hell yeah. But let's face it. Even during "hopper season," trout don't always [ READ MORE... ]
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I'm loving this ongoing series on "Hook Basics" done by Tim Flagler of Tightline Media and sponsored by Orvis. These simple videos are particularly salient to new fly tiers who might struggle at the fly shop in search of the right hook for the right fly. Hook Basics - Shapes & [ READ MORE... ]
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How many times have you stood at the tail of a run that's just boiling with rising fish, but you have no idea what, exactly, they're after?  Yeah, dozens, right? Me, too.  CDC Micro Caddis Video of CDC Micro Caddis Above, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, [ READ MORE... ]
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