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Long-lived brown trout can live in the same spot a decade or longer

by Ross Purnell, Editor

On the cover of the Aug.-Sep. 2014 issue we showed a 10-pound brown trout (with guide Ed Halson) that I… 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 »


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 »

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 »


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 »


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 »


Fly Tying the Swimming Isonychia Nymph

by Henry Ramsay

Lenny and I put our rods together and began working our way upstream through a mixture of pockets and riffle… 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 »


Fly Fishing Ledges and Edges

by Landon Mayer

“Landon and I arrived at the river on a crystal-clear September day, hoping to spend some time together before the… 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 »