Category Archives: Techniques

Tippets: Heraclitus Fly Approach, Jim Waddell on Dams, Skeena Steelhead Flies

The “one-fly” approach has become popular in tenkara fishing circles. However, Jason Klass wonders what would happen if anglers did the opposite: “What if instead of committing to a single signature pattern […] you committed to never tying the same … more

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Video Hatch: Kelly Galloup Talks Leaders for Streamer Fishing

Streamer expert Kelly Galloup gives the lowdown on what kind of leader to use for what type of fly line when streamer fishing.

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Five Stages of Fly Fishing

From being happy with catching anything at all to chasing the biggest fish we can find, and in the end reaching “the piscatorial equivalent of the wise man on the mountain,” Todd Tanner writes about the “Five Stages of Fly … more

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Of Whips and Fly Lines

In a recent interview with Variety, actor Jamie Dornan compares learning to use a whip for his upcoming role in the film “Fifty Shades of Gray” to casting a fly line. And while the crack of a fly line usually … more

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Video Hatch: How to Make a Water Haul

Pete Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School demonstrates how to use water tension to load the rod and make a quick upstream cast. The water haul is particularly useful when you’re fishing a rig prone to tangling, such as a …

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The Company You Keep

Perhaps the best advice on how to improve your skills on the water is to fish with anglers who are more accomplished and knowledgeable than yourself. “Successful fishing begins in your head,” writes Matthew Copeland. “What’s in there is influenced … more

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Fish Key in on Shrews, Study Finds

“Mousing” has developed a unique following of anglers who head out after dark to draw fish out with big, topwater mouse patterns. And a new study published in the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish proves the effort may indeed be worth … more

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Tenkara, At Home in the High Country

While Tenkara was once considered a “fad” in the U.S., the ancient Japanese method of fishing is holding its own, proving it’s here to stay. In a recent article in The Denver Post, Scott Willoughby focuses on its popularity along … more

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Video Hatch: “Picking Off the Picky Ones”

In this short film premiering exclusively on MidCurrent, Joe Goodspeed of Cortland Line Company and John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters demonstrate the difference the right line makes when fishing to finicky trout in difficult waters. In this case, Cortland’s … more

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Under a Muskie Moon

Called the fish of 10,000 casts for good reason, the muskellunge is one of the most difficult species for anglers to land. However, new research published in the journal PLOS One investigates lunar phases with muskie activity, and reveals a … more

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