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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 19

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

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Welding a Fly Line Loop Video

by Ross Purnell, Editor 0

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

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Casting: Breaking the Wrist

by Landon Mayer 2

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

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Green Drake: Granddaddy of the Drakes

by René Harrop 2

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

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 »

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Fly Fishing Ledges and Edges

by Landon Mayer 1

“Landon and I arrived at the river on a crystal-clear September day, hoping to spend some time together before the… 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 2

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

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Drag-Free Drift Casting

by Joe Mahler 3

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

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Tenkara Fly Fishing

by Jessica Mcglothlin 1

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

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Fly Fishing Tackle Checklist

by Ross Purnell, Editor 1

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

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