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by Nathan Rees When I was 18, my father handed me a small package. He said, “This is a special gift that your Grandpa gave me when I was your age—now I want you to have it.” I quickly unwrapped the gift, revealing a wooden box. Inside the box were displayed unique, hand-tied, colorful flies. I [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_hunt ON October 17 - 0 COMMENTS
Beads demystified
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Beads for fly tying can be mystery, especially for beginning tiers who are looking to either dress up a nymph or a streamer or to simply get the fly down deep and avoid having to use split shot while fishing.  Beads and Cones Video of Beads and Cones Here, Tim [ READ MORE... ]
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The author's Adams. Or... a distant cousin to the Adams.  I love to tie flies. But, like a guy who also loves to sing in the shower, I'm better off keeping my skills to myself.  Of late, while working away at the computer, my office has turned into a remote fly-tying station. I'll tie a few flies [ READ MORE... ]
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Editor's note: The following is experpted from TU's book, "Trout Tips," available for overnight shipping.  It's hard not to like tandem rigs—two flies working together for the single purpose of making you happy. But there should always be rationale for the pairing. Sometimes that's merely to help [ READ MORE... ]
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'Tis the season for emerging insects on America's great trout rivers. Here in Idaho, it's full-on Blue-winged Olive season (in an infuriating size 20!). While traditional dun patterns can work well, I've found that trout are often keyed in on emerging BWOs well into the full hatch. And a BWO tied " [ READ MORE... ]
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I'm a recent convert to the use of ultra-violet cure resins in my fly tying. The first time I truly experimented with this technique was several years ago when I spent a week of evenings tying sardina patterns for roosters and jacks on the Baja. I figured, correctly so, that dragging flies through [ READ MORE... ]
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Scuds are an important year-round source of food for trout, but I find flies mimicking them to be even more effective in fall and throughout winter. Scud patterns are also great for tailwater trout hunting—small flies dead drifted through fishy runs often get the attention of trout that have seen [ READ MORE... ]
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A couple weeks back, I asked what your favorite fall streamer pattern was, and I got a lot of good answers, ranging from the Egg-sucking Leech to the Black Ghost to the venerable Mickey Finn.  Tying a Mickey Finn with Barry Ord Clarke Video of Tying a Mickey Finn with [ READ MORE... ]
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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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