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the Hoh River

by Eric Paulson

A run of priceless giant wild steelhead is being sold for $9 per pound Wild steelhead protection in the Pacific… more »


Myth-Busting: Sun Exposure Dangers

by Rich Bach

Here are some commonly held beliefs about sun protection, which are shared by many anglers. Only problem is, they’re false…. more »

Pickup Lines illustration by Joe Mahler

Fly Fisherman Illustrator Wins Major Award

by Ross Purnell, Editor

FLY FISHERMAN author/illustrator Joe Mahler received both a first and a second place award from the Outdoor Writer’s Association of… more »


Exploring the Uinta Mountains

by Brett Prettyman

Utah’s largest wilderness area remains mostly untapped by fly fishers Some anglers spend their lives trying different waters to soak… more »


Jig Hooks for Bead Heads

by Charlie Craven

“Lead the bull by the nose” with the Iron Lotus nymph Some new techniques and materials come onto the fly-tying… more »


The Ultimate Articulated Baitfish Pattern

by Ross Purnell, Editor

For decades, fly fishers have tried to create fly patterns that swim and move in the water like a real… more »


Orvis Recon

by Ross Purnell, Editor

The Orvis Recon was recognized as the “Best Mid-Priced Rod” in the Fly Fisherman 2015 Gear Guide after the rod… more »

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Celebrity Trout

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Long-lived brown trout can live in the same spot a decade or longer On the cover of the Aug.-Sep. 2014… more »

Blake Boyd photo

Super Spinner Fall

by Ross Purnell, Editor

A little over a year ago I sat in Lefty’s Kreh’s living room and he told me about his recent trip… more »


The Kinky Muddler

by Jonny King

The Muddler Minnow is one of those archetypal fly patterns that reinvents itself each generation. While it began life as… more »

Steelhead and salmon are anadromous which means they hatch in fresh water, the young migrate to the ocean or a large lake where they grow to maturity; then the adult fish return to freshwater rivers and streams to spawn and the salmon die. Ross Purnell Photo

Fly Fishing Steelhead and Salmon

by Fly Fisherman

How to catch the fish of a lifetime fly fishing steelhead and salmon     Steelhead and salmon are anadromous… more »

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Zach Dalton of RIO Products shows how to weld a loop in a T material sinking tip

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Welding a Fly Line Loop Several companies sell customizable lengths of T material you can cut yourself to get just the… more »


Massive New Zealand Brown Trout

by Ross Purnell, Editor

New Zealand’s forests are comprised mostly of several different species of southern beech trees. Their nuts or seeds drop every… more »

Sensei Screen Capture

A New Film by Hank Patterson and April Vokey

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Sensei, an IF4 Original Films Production, with April Vokey and Hank Patterson. Runtime 13 minutes, see for screening schedule…. more »


Casting: Breaking the Wrist

by Landon Mayer

Many casting instructors teach anglers not to break their wrists during the cast. Breaking your wrist prevents the rod tip… more »


Redfish in Texas’ Laguna Madre

by Brian Irwin

Visiting Arroyo City, Texas, feels like you’re at the end of the earth. The small hamlet rests at the terminus… more »


2015 Father’s Day Gift Guide

by Fly Fisherman

Rather than buying Dad gifts like a sweater or a six-pack of socks, how about getting the father in your… more »


Brook Trout In Maine’s Wilderness

by Bob Mallard

Growing up in Massachusetts, my first exposure to trout was fishing for stocked rainbows in suburban warmwater lakes. I later… more »


Tigerfish of Tanzania: The Day It Happened

by Oliver White

One of the things fly fishers are always looking for are moments of sublime greatness when it all comes together…. more »


Green Drake: Granddaddy of the Drakes

by René Harrop

This is how the 1956 edition of Funk & Wagnall’s new standard dictionary explains the connection of the term “Drake”… more »