The Absence of Color

  • By: Chico Fernandez
Absence of Color

I've been using black flies in salt water for so long I really don't remember the first time I learned about them-probably more than 40 years ago. Today, every couple of trips to the brackish-water world, I find a situation that, whether because of low light levels or murky water, it's best to cast a black fly.

State of Our Trout II

  • By: Ted Williams
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Last issue I promised and delivered some good news about the recovery of the West's imperiled trout, though in the case of Paiute cutthroat recovery-aborted for the fourth time by retired macroinvertebrate researcher Nancy Erman and her troupe of loud, aggressive, fish-stupid chemophobes-you had to look hard for it. Herewith, good news that- once you get past some discouraging elements-is more obvious.

Tying Tap's Bug

  • Photography by: Ted Fauceglia

Tap's Bug is one of the all-time great fly-rod bass bugs. Let's tie one. (Please be patient—it may take a minute or two for all of the photos to load!) Start the thread on the hook shank. Tie in the bucktail tail. Trim the front end of the clump of bucktail and make a nice taper with thread on

Wye's Drift Indicator for Nymph Fishing

  • By: Yasuo Wye Yoshida
Learn quot the perfect world quot drift scenario with Wye s Drift Indicator

Begin perfecting the dead drift with this breakthrough new fly-fishing system.

Estimating Tarpon Weight Formula

  • By: Jerry Ault

A marine scientist shares his scientific paper on estimating the weight of tarpon

From The Heartland's Hottest Hatches June 2008

  • By: Chad Mason

Additional Patterns for May Mayfly Hatches

Drift Boat Rowing 101

  • By: Bob White

Everything you need to know to make a drift boat go

Are You Fit To Fish?

  • Photography by: L. Hisey

You need a level of fitness and flexibility to enjoy long days on the water. Here's how to get there.