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Editor's note: The following is exerpted from TU's book, "Trout Tips," available now for overnight delivery. If a trout misses your dry fly, or refuses it, move a short distance away. Give the fish a break; then go back with a different fly. That may be the one he's looking for. — Dan Beistel, [ READ MORE... ]
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A Firehole River brown trout caught on a small soft-hackle.  By Chris Hunt For years and years, fly fishing for trout, for me, was a three-period game, not a four-quarter contest. It was hockey, not football (even though I’m not much of a hockey guy). Depending on the season, the time of day or the [ READ MORE... ]
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First, forgive the subtitles, unless you speak German, of course. Often we tend to forget that fly-rod worthy fish can live just about anywhere—the staff in Arlington, Va.'s headquarters office has turned chasing carp, gar and snakeheads in the Potomac into something of an obsession. And we know [ READ MORE... ]
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Not to be confused with the October Caddis Euro Nymph we featured from Tim Flagler last week, this high-floating dry fly is a multi-purpose weapon for fall trout that can be absolutely deadly. October Caddis Skater Video of October Caddis Skater The October [ READ MORE... ]
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Here in the West, October caddis usually start to show up after the first chilly squalls of September. The same is true, according to Tim Flagler, in the Northeast. I love the October hatch because it will usually last through Indian Summer until the first in-earnest high-country snowfall, usually [ READ MORE... ]
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My buddy Matthew Reilly had the chance recently to wander in the remote Beartooths along the Montana-Wyoming border in search of golden trout. Native to the California Sierra, these rare cousins of rainbows and cutthroats occupy a few lakes in the high country just east of Yellowstone National Park [ READ MORE... ]
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Over the last couple of years, I've learned a lot from Tim Flagler, fly-tying extraordinaire. Not only has he, through his video tying series that we feature each Friday here on the TU blog, helped become a better fly tier, but I really enjoy some of the simple little tips he shares to make my [ READ MORE... ]
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Fall weather is on us here in the West—snowfall is slated to put an end to a brutal fire season, and the aspen leaves are turning in earnest. It's one of the best times of the year to be a fly fisherman, and it's when I start to think about visiting my favorite Western river: The Firehole. And, [ READ MORE... ]
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Small nymphs in the size 18-22 range are my least-favorite flies to tie—I've got fat fingers, and my vision isn't what it once was, either. But these little flies can be absolutely deadly on spring creeks and tailwaters, and hitting these rivers and streams without small, unassuming midge nymphs [ READ MORE... ]
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Some flies just work, and there's no real explanation as to why that is. The Peacock Caddis is one of those flies, as Tim Flagler perfectly describes in the video below.  Peacock Caddis Video of Peacock Caddis I like this fly for two reasons. First, I think any [ READ MORE... ]
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