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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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Kids are back in school. The summer sun has lost its edge. Things are definitely cooling off here in the Rockies. It’s almost time for in-earnest fall fishing.   Around here, that means we’re getting ready for the fall run of browns up the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork and, of course, the big, B- [ READ MORE... ]
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Tying deer- and elk-hair wings to my flies might be the weakest skill I have at the vise. I'm not a master tier, but I know my way around the fly shop when it comes to materials, hooks, threads, and the like. But this one skill has eluded me.  Thankfully, Tim Flagler is out there to help guys like [ READ MORE... ]
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The first time I ever used a Zebra Midge, I was bundled up in Neoprene waders and walking my float tube down the S-curves of Idaho's Silver Creek. Full disclosure: I'm not an enthusiastic nympher, and floating a sunken midge nymph under an indicator is probably my least-favorite brand of fly [ READ MORE... ]
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A pair of fly fishing entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom are hoping to modernize the average fly box by making inserting and removing flies easier and cleaner, giving anglers more time with flies in the water. The new Ripplebox is brilliantly simple in its design, and, from what I can tell, a [ READ MORE... ]
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