Skills

Table-top Tools

  • By: Ted Leeson
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While it’s true that the best tools in fly-tying are our 10 fingers, most of us find them a necessary, but not sufficient, condition.

Early Brown Stone

  • By: A. K. Best
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This time of year, we often have remnant snow along the streambank, which makes you wonder if it’s really worth going trout fishing on what will probably be a rather dreary spring day. But the shack-nasties have been an affliction for days and you feel you must stand in frigid water and deal with ice in your guides…or spend the afternoon in a bar. I’ve done both. And dealing with ice in your guides is easier than feeling the residual pain after a few hours in your favorite pub.

Go to School—In the Keys

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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Improve your skills and get to the next level of saltwater fly-fishing at one of the best fly-fishing schools in the country. It doesn't suck that it's also in Islamorada, in the beautiful Florida Keys...and that you will learn to cast from Chico Fernandez.

Sand Flats Shrimp

  • By: A. K. Best
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I received my 2010 Umpqua Feather Merchants flies and materials catalog a few days ago and went right to the listing of flies to see what’s new. In scanning the “Saltwater” section, I counted nearly 100 bonefish flies. Not many of them resembled the little shrimp I saw when I snorkeled the Bahama’s flats some years ago. Nearly all of these flies contained enough material from which to make two or three patterns and there was way too much flash in both the body and “wing.” In fact, some of the old favorite, sparsely tied flies were missing from the collection.

Subtle Barbs

  • By: Chico Fernandez
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Finding the right amount of barb for your hooks will ensure better hookups and more fish landed.

Healing Wounds and Lifting Spirits

  • By: Deborah Weisberg
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“I caught my first fish ever on a Woolly Bugger and absolutely loved it,” David Folkerts said. “Once I pulled that trout in and looked down and saw how beautiful it was, I knew I wanted to keep doing it.” Folkerts now serves as program manager for Project Healing Waters...

Hexagenia Helpers

  • By: Capt. Tony Petrella
  • Photography by: Ted Fauceglia
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Web Bonus from our July/September issue. When the Michigan mayfly is hatching, try these two patterns developed by a Michigan fly-fishing guide.

More About Big Bonefish…

  • By: Chico Fernandez
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Most flies for these big bonefish are a size or two larger than the rest of the bonefish world, with most flies falling between a size 2 and 1 and even size 1/0s.

10-Minute Ties

  • By: A. K. Best
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A. K. shares the goods on tying a killer green drake pattern.

Casting On Course

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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Orvis's Hutch Hutchinson says: “The average Joe fishermen has been able to improve his casting before they go fishing.” Here's how to improve your fly-casting, and have a helluva lot of fun in the process. A fly casting course! "The original idea was to build just two or three holes close to the store, but seeing the property—which offers land on both sides of the Deschutes—gave Hutch the idea for something much bigger."