Tippets: Common Fly Fishing Mistakes, Standard Patterns for Your Fly Box

  • From false casting to honest communication with your guide, expert anglers take on the question “What is the single most common mistake you see your clients make, and what can I do to avoid it?” in the most recent “Ask the Experts” series via Orvis.
  • There are some classic patterns that should always have a place in your box, and Ben Duchesney outlines five trout flies you should carry no matter the season or weather. From a Woolly Bugger to a Parachute Adams, read more here. Via Postfly Box.
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Zimmerman Talks Carp

For author and fly tier Jay Zimmerman, carp are not a side show, writes Zach Matthews, “they are the main event.” Zimmerman talks fly patterns, carp behavior, and different fishing environments in this interview via American Angler.

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How to Tie an Off the Hook Sucker Spawn

This week’s featured pattern in our tying instructional video is called the “Off the Hook Sucker Spawn” by author Tim Flagler.  Sucker spawn, notes Flagler, are “an easy, early season high protein meal. At this time of year, it’s a good idea for anglers to carry at least a few…..”

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Tippets: Primer for Flats Fishing Slam, Three Cs of Trout Fishing

  • Jon Covich of Cuba Fishing Outfitters writes about the essentials of flats fishing for the grand slam: bonefish, permit, and tarpon. From casting practice to questions to ask your guide, read more here.
  • The presence of current, cover and cuisine provides good holding water for trout. “Being able to consistently pick them out will ultimately determine how much success you have on the water,” writes Kent Klewein. Via Gink & Gasoline.
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Video Hatch: “Back to the Roots”

This short film from Christian Ihrybauer pays homage to good life and good friends in Punta Allen and Ascension Bay.
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Tippets: Fishing Undercut Banks, Tying Soft Hackles

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Video Hatch: “The Stories We Wear”

In this short film from Patagonia, surfer and fly angler Andrew Tarplee shares the stories of his well-seasoned and favorite hat.
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Tippets: Guide Life, Choosing the Right Hook

  • Guide Moose Hofer is the fishing experience manager for Crested Butte-based travel company, Eleven Experience. He sits down for an interview with Outside Online about working hard and living his dream: “I have no regrets that I chose quality of life rather than taking a job just to pay the bills. I’m chasing my dream, and I know that I have been lucky to pull it off, but I’ve had the passion from day one.”
  • Tying different styles of flies calls for different hook designs. This article helps demystify what to look for when choosing hooks for streamers, nymphs for carp fishing, and topwater poppers patterns. Via Postfly Box.
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AMFF to Honor Thomas McGuane with 2017 Heritage Award

Author and MidCurrent board member Thomas McGuane will be honored with the 2017 Heritage Award by The American Museum of Fly Fishing. The event will be held April 5, 2017, at a public reception hosted at the Racquet & Tennis Club of New York City.

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Tippets: Gear Maintenance, Tips for Spotting Fish

  • Gear maintenance is essential to good performance on the water. In this recent article Ben Duchesney outlines how to maintain fly rods and reels, including tips on everything from proper storage to seasonal cleaning. Via Postfly Box.
  • Being able to see fish in the water is the first step in success on the flats. Alan Bulmer outlines strategies for developing “peripheral awareness” in this article via Active Angling New Zealand.
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