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Small flies can be tough to tie on to tippet streamside using some of the more traditional knots, like the improved clinch knot, simply because, when completed, the knot is too big.  I started using the Davy knot as a substitute for small flies a few years back, and I've never had one fail in a [ READ MORE... ]
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'Tis the season for emergers. Cold-weather flies like midges and even Blue-winged Olives are popping on warmer winter days in rivers all over America, and trout are always looking for them.  In the video below, Tim Flagler ties a popular fly with a couple of little variations—his WD 40 Plus is just [ READ MORE... ]
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For a lot of fly tiers (or a lot of fly tiers like me, anyway), there's always a bit of guess work when it comes to measuring materials before they are tied to the hook. Often, for me, it's a "Well, I guess that looks about right" sort of endeavor. How to Accurately Measure Materials [ READ MORE... ]
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I was introduced to the non-slip loop knot a few years back on my first trip to the Louisiana marsh to chase redfish with a fly rod. The guide who toted me around the marsh not far outside of New Orleans explained to me that my fly needed a bit more action and that it needed to move a bit more [ READ MORE... ]
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Quill-body flies are some of the most beautiful creations tiers can craft at the vise, but stripping feather quills can be kind of a pain.  How to Strip a Quill Video of How to Strip a Quill Here, the process is somewhat demystified by Tim Flagler, who shows us [ READ MORE... ]
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With a good 80 percent of the country feeling like a deep freeze these days, it's a good time to be talking about winter fly fishing. And winter flies, of course. JC's Electric Caddis Larva Video of JC's Electric Caddis Larva Above, Tim Flagler walks [ READ MORE... ]
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Photo by Becca Skinner, New York Times. I read this piece the other day in the online edition of Sierra Magazine, and immediately identified with author Christopher Schaberg, a professor of Englis and Environmental Studies at Loyola University in New Orleans. The gist is this: the intense pressures [ READ MORE... ]
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I've been tying (well, some would call it that, anyway) for a good 20 years, and while I tie generally for necessity and a bit of the pleasure that keeps me connected to fly fishing on days like today, when it's all of 9 degrees outside, I'm not terribly accomplished at the vise.  But I have [ READ MORE... ]
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My favorite backcountry attractor dry fly might be the venerable humpy. Tied in yellow or red (or even "royal" fashion), the Humpy is a high-floating dry fly that imitates a host of bugs, from larger mayflies to caddis, but doesn't exactly resemble anything in particular. It just looks buggy [ READ MORE... ]
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I'm seeing more jig hooks on shelves in fly shops than I ever have before. For a while, I thought maybe it was just a fad ... a passing trend. But it appears, because of the effectiveness of jig hooks used in nymph patterns, the hooks and the slotted beads that go with them are likely here to stay [ READ MORE... ]
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