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Using Nymphs to Trigger Strikes

George Daniel - June 18, 2018

Fly fishers need to exhibit 'situational awareness' and fish nymphs designed to trigger a strike when trout are keyed on a particular food item.

5 Proven Wet-Fly Methods for Steelhead

Dana Sturn - December 07, 2017

There's no finer moment 
in autumn fly fishing than the near-surface take of a wild steelhead.

Big Flies for (Really) Big Fish

Ross Purnell, Editor - October 31, 2017

"What kind of fly do you use to catch something like that!?" Big Flies, big fish!

Flies and Strategies for Big Tailwater Browns

Blane Chocklett - September 18, 2017

The access points are already busy at 7 a.m. as guides and their clients prepare to fish in time

World's Top 13 Pike Flies

Matt Straw - September 05, 2017

From my perspective, any list of the "Best 13" pike flies on earth has to include something from each category described.

George Daniel'™s Streamer Masterpiece

Ross Purnell, Editor - January 19, 2016

In the current Feb-Mar 2016 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine, contributing editor George Daniel

Two caddis patterns for every situation

Kelly Galloup - January 04, 2016

Two caddis patterns for every situation, Butch and Goober.

Soft-hackle Stone Fly

Eric Pettine - January 03, 2016

A Super Soft-hackle Stone Fly breathe in the water, advertising 'big food' to foraging trout.

Craven's Easy Humpy

Charlie Craven - January 03, 2016

Popularized by Jack Dennis and his Western Trout Fly Tying Manual, the Humpy is the Western attractor dry but has a reputation for being difficult to tie.

B.C.'s Best Dry-Fly Fishing

Ross Purnell, Editor - January 01, 2016

The three best one-day floats on the upper Columbia are from Brilliant to Genelle, Genelle to Gyro

Tying Flies On Tubes

Rick Kustich - July 24, 2015

Tying flies on tubes is easy and deadly!

Sculpin Fly Pattern

Chuck Stranahan - February 01, 2015

This five-minute tie imitates one of the most common baitfish in trout streams across the country. Sculpin Fly Pattern

Bucktail Bodies

Paul Weamer - May 03, 2012

When you spend years working in a fly shop, you become callous to the many items that surround you. But I eventually figured out that bucktail bodies would be a great option.

Pink Intruder: More March Madness

John Larison - March 18, 2012

This buck smacked a big pink Intruder (thanks Mr. Ward): Big fish tend to make a big splash. Especially during a hard surface hit.

Mint Hen: a Pattern Fish Will Jump For

John Larison - February 21, 2012

This fish took as the Mint Hen hit the surface--then completely cleared the water six times before

Sink Flies Faster for Winter Steelheads

John Larison - February 17, 2012

Sometimes a matter of inches can make all the difference.  In winter steelheading, sinking a fly

Fly Box: Simplify, Add The Weight Later.

John Larison - December 12, 2011

Like many steelheaders (and more than few steelhead), I find the look of a cone head leech pretty

Bigger Flies Beefier Lines

Ross Purnell, Editor - November 23, 2011

Fly fishers have branched out from those roots, using fly tackle to deliver hair, foam, and feather creations that aren't really 'flies' at all. Bigger flies...

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