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How Aluminum Changed Fly Fishing Forever

by Ross Purnell, Editor 0

When you’re onstream, casting dry flies to rising trout, it seems like you’re alone in the wilderness, a million miles… more »

Pickup Lines illustration by Joe Mahler

Fly Fisherman Illustrator Wins Major Award

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


Game Changer

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

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Celebrity Trout

by Ross Purnell, Editor 1

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

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Super Spinner Fall

by Ross Purnell, Editor 1

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

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Welding a Fly Line Loop Video

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


16 Pound New Zealand Brown Trout

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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


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

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

Lefty’s No-Slip Loop Knot

by Ross Purnell, Editor 3

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)

Whitlock’s 13 Indispensable Temperate Bass Flies

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

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