Connect
Collapse bottom bar
Subscribe
A no-slip loop knot lets large flies move freely even if they are tethered to heavy monofilament line. Ross Purnell photo

The best terminal knot for heavy monofilament

by Ross Purnell, Editor

This knot is one of the many improvements Lefty Kreh has made to the sport of fly fishing. It is… more »

1.	Crease Fly (surface)
2.	Whitlock Sheep Shad  Minnow Waker (surface)
3.	Popper-Dropper  (3 – surface; 3A – sub-surface)
4.	Pencil Popper  - surface skipping popper
5.	Whitlock Sheep Shad Minnow  Swimmer (sub-surface)
6.	John’s Fathead Shad – (swimmer)
7.	Whitlock’s Crafty Deep Minnows: 7A. Chub;  7B. Shiner; 7C. Painted Darter; 7D  White River Minnow  (swimmer& jigger)
8.	Cowen’s Baitfish  (swimmer)
9.	Whitlock’s Wide-Body Deceiver  (swimmer)
10.	Hexigenia Nymph  (swimmer)
11.	Whitlock’s NearNuff Crayfish (bottom)
12.	Clouser’s Deep Minnow  (bottom jigging)
13.	Fly-Spinner combo
In order to cover the scope of most temperate bass foods, choose flies from 1 inch (size 8) to 5 or 6 inches – (sizes 1/0 to 3/0)

Dave's 13 Favorite Flies

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Dave and Emily Whitlock’s article “The Other Bass” explains their lifetime obsession with freshwater temperate bass: striped bass, white bass,… more »

Parkland-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

The Great Parkland

by Larry Tullis

There is nothing quite like the expectation of casting flies from a pontoon boat into a reed-lined trough where big… more »

Lord-of-the-Rings-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

New Zealand Fly Fishing: Lord of the Rings

by Ross Purnell, Editor

On my knees in the grass, it was impossible for me to actually see the trout. Ed Halson had a… more »

To land large fish don't drag it onto a rocky beach, and don't raise the rod high into the "danger zone" (as shown here) while under pressure. Thousands of rods break this way. Grace Smith photo

Slip-and-Grap Landing Technique

by Ross Purnell, Editor

We’ve all been there . . . you have the best trout of the day hooked up, but you don’t… more »

Elk Creek, PA fall steelhead. ross Purnell photo

A new house bill would require public access to state-stocked steelhead and trout waters

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Trouble has been brewing along Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie shoreline as more and more landowners are closing their properties to public… more »

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

Mississippi river Hexagenia hatch is so massive, the National Weather Service records it on radar

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-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

B.C. Tribe "Evicts" all Fisherman

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-feature-Fly-Fisherman

13 Great 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 »

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 11.50.39 AM

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

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 »

Put-a-Wiggle-In-It-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

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 »

Row-vs-Wade-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

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 »

Evolution-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

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 »

Tackle-Checklist-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

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 »

Seasons-of-The-Sunfish-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

Bluegill Season Fly Fishing

by Dave and Emily Whitlock

I’d like you to consider three questions: What is the first fish most of us catch on a fly? What… more »

Steal-Steps-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

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 »

The-Best-of-Short-Casts-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

Fly Fishing Tricks and Tips From The Experts

by Jay Nichols

Check out these great fly fishing tricks and tips!

Release-Them-Alive-Feature-Fly-Fisherman

Proper Handling to Conserve Fish Stocks

by Ross Purnell, Editor

When ANGLING innovator Lee Wulff first popularized it, catch-and-release fishing was a revolutionary way to conserve fish stocks amid a… more »