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Trempealeau, July 20, 2014. Courtesy of the National Weather Service

Massive Mayfly Hatch of “Biblical Proportions” Triggers a Three-Car Crash

by Ross Purnell, Editor

A massive mayfly hatch on the Mississippi River in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area July 20, 2014, was described as… more »


Skeena Eviction Notice for all Sport Fishers

by Ross Purnell, Editor

In the fall of 2012 I was fishing with friends on the Kispiox River during a perfectly rare occurrence of… more »


World’s Top 13 Pike Flies

by Matt Straw

Pike live in a green chiaroscuro. Their own green coloration adds to the effect while hiding them perfectly. Pike, therefore,… more »

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Invisible Stripping Basket

by Ross Purnell, Editor

I’ve had a few questions and comments from some fly fishers seeking more information about the Short Casts tips (June-July,… more »

Trout use shadow edges to conceal themselves and feed, just as they would in a transition seam from slow to fast water. Joe Mahelr illustration

Hunting Trout in the Shadows

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Trout use shadows for concealment and for feeding, and it’s a particularly important feature on small streams with large trout…. more »

Cathy and Barry Beck Photo

For Memorial Day: A Show of Respect

by Ross Purnell, Editor

This Memorial Day, take the time to read Monte Burke’s story “Discover Courage” in the June-July 2014 issue of FLY… more »


Drag-Free Drift Casting

by Joe Mahler

You cast the fly beautifully and accurately in the direction of a feeding trout. As the fly drifts downstream, first… more »


Drift Boats vs Wading

by Tom Rosenbauer

Some of my best friends row drift boats. I have nothing against getting downstream under oar power, and it’s tough… more »


Tenkara Fly Fishing

by Jessica Mcglothlin

“Fish learn from history,” Yvon Chouinard observed, looking out the window at an Idaho sunrise. He referenced the notoriously difficult… more »


Fly Fishing Tackle Checklist

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Fly fishing is a beautiful, deeply involved outdoor pursuit built on a framework of craft (fly tying), science (understanding, appreciating,… more »


Wading Strategies

by Landon Mayer

The key to success for any fish hunter is a stealthy approach. Too many people wade recklessly into a river… more »


Fly Fishing Tricks and Tips From The Experts

by Jay Nichols

Check out these great fly fishing tricks and tips!


1,600 Trout Over the Limit

by Ross Purnell, Editor

A poacher in New Mexico has taken illegal harvest to staggering new depths. After getting an anonymous tip, Department of… more »


Matching The Drake Hatch

by Paul Weamer

All sports have their ultimate events: baseball has the World Series, football has the Super Bowl, and golf has the… more »

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Bonefish and Their Secret Lives

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Dana Dribben captured this underwater footage of bonefish feeding on the grass flats near the boat launch of Deep Water… more »


Striped Bass Movement Patterns

by Brian Irwin

I was a tiny boy, barely old enough to independently cast my Zebco into the salty estuary of the Virginia… more »


Flats Bass

by Jerry Darkes

One of fly fishing’s greatest thrills is spotting, stalking, and casting to a fish. The anticipation and suspense prior to… more »


The Tug is the Drug

by Ross Purnell, Editor

The Tug is the Drug by Chris Santella. Headwater Books &, April 2014, $7 ebook, ISBN: 978-1-934753-23-1. Chris Santella… more »


Fly Fishing Washington

by Joey Mara & Daniel Silverberg

Washington is a tale of two states. The western half conjures up visions of temperate rainforests filled with raging rivers… more »


Smallmouth Flies for Every Bass Box

by Ben Romans

It’s hard not to get excited about smallmouth bass. They’re abundant—nearly every state in the lower 48 has at least… more »