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Adding weight to flies can be tricky. A lot of tiers prefer to simply add a bead of varying weight to the hook before tying, which not only gives the fly some weight, but also some flash and character.   Adding Lead-Free Wire Wraps Video of Adding Lead-Free Wire Wraps [ READ MORE... ]
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Fly fisher and guide Bridget Fabel has a fairly robust collection of fly fishing videos—she's a cheerful camera personality with some solid angling skills.  And she fly fishes with her cats.  Yes. Cats.  A Dozen Brookies On the Fly! Fly Fishing With Cats For High Country Brook Trout [ READ MORE... ]
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The author and his daughter, filling buckets on Yellowstone's Lamar River. By Tim Frahm When my daughter was in third grade (she’s in sixth grade now), her class practiced a regular exercise they called “filling buckets.” This involved being kind or thoughtful or in other ways a good friend to each [ READ MORE... ]
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So, the shopping season is already upon us.  STAY TUNED for a comprehensive gift guide from the editors and field testers of TU, that will be coming your way in Trout Magazine, as well as in a digital format, in the very near future. For starters, however, I have to recommend my friend Mark [ READ MORE... ]
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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is in the news again, as the oil and gas industry—sensing more friendly political winds— takes another shot at the effort to sink oil wells into the permafrost north of the Brooks Range. A couple of summer ago, I topped the Brooks Range on the Dalton Highway and [ READ MORE... ]
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Editor's note: For more great tips on fishing from TU members across the country, get your copy of TU's book, "Trout Tips," available online for overnight shipping.  This time of year, when I plan out some distant winter fishing trips to places warmer and farther south, I become a lurker. Not the [ READ MORE... ]
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Photo by Chris Hunt By Chris Hunt   There’s something primal about dark water shrouded by cypress.   The color of strong coffee, these stained swamps of the South nurture mystery and offer refuge to critters that hang on in acid-tinged water filtered through layers of eons-old peat and sand.   The [ READ MORE... ]
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Photo by Chris Hunt By Dave Ammons The size of the ponderosa pines in Silent Forest is testament to the vigor of mother nature. These are clearly not discontented trees, rising a hundred feet with red-barked girth that my outstretched arms cannot encircle. The entire forest is rooted in [ READ MORE... ]
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There is always room in my fly box for versatile flies—patterns that can be dead-drifted or fished on the swing are valuable assets for the fall and winter angler. Maybe no pattern incorporates the versatility that the Carey Special does. Carey Special Video of Carey [ READ MORE... ]
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If you're like me, you've resorted to buying hair-wing attractor dries like the Ausable and the Royal Coachman, or you've learned new tying techniques to avoid using hair wings at all. I tie my Royal Coachman pattern "renegade" style, using hackle tips rather than hair wings. It's faster, easier [ READ MORE... ]
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