Category Archives: Tippets

Tippets: Lowdown on Leeches, Best Montana Waters, DIY Rod Tube Holder

The Wooly Bugger is one of the most famous fly patterns for good reason: it works. It’s often the first pattern a beginning angler will fish and also tie. In a recent article on Hatch Magazine, Ben Kryzinsk goes in-depth … more

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Tippets: Kid-friendly Water, Cape Fear Tarpon, Colors for Streamers

Good fishing water looks different once you become a parent. Matthew Copeland re-defines some key terms, from “project water” to “plenty of fish.” Via Stalking the Seam. A fly angler recently caught and released what is being called the first … more

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Tippets: Loading a Rod, Women on the Fly, Reading Rise Forms

In a recent post on The Limp Cobra, Marc Fauvet and Aitor Coteron debunk some popular myths about how a fly rod loads. As part of her own journey into fly fishing, Claire Topalian takes some time to get to … more

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Tippets: Reading Water, Hopper History

Reading the water is an important technique for anglers. Chad Shmukler offers detailed advice for assessing and fishing the slow water in front of rocks. Via Hatch Magazine. While they’re mentioned in fly fishing literature as far back as the … more

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Tippets: Fishing in Bear Country, Bud Lilly Profile, Beginning Gear

Bears and anglers are both after the same thing: fish. Learn how to read the body language of bears, and what to do when confronted with aggression, via a recent article on the Orvis blog. Called the “dean” of Montana … more

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Tippets: Nymphs vs. Swing, Fish of Wisconsin

Anglers have strong opinions on the correct way to fish for steelhead. In a recent article Dave Stewart of Wet Fly Swing writes about the differences (benefits and drawbacks) of nymphing vs. swinging for steelhead. Kandis Elliot, emerita senior artist in … more

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Tippets: Windy Casts, Summer Catch & Release, Family River Trips

From loop size, line speed and line plane, watch a recent video from Bumcast and Swift Fly Fishing on improving techniques for casting into the wind. Proper handling techniques are especially important in summer months, which have warmer, less-oxygenated water, … more

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Tippets: Teaching Kids to Fish, Carp Colors

Getting kids fishing and then holding their interest can be difficult. Paul Fersen has three good tips for how to make sure kids enjoy their time out on the water. Noticing subtle differences in the coloring of carp can offer … more

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Tippets: Saltwater Poppers, Fishing South Dakota, Trout-Inspired Airplane

Fishing poppers provides great fun and success on the water. In a recent series of instructional videos Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrates how to tie a classic saltwater popper. View Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. A hot spot … more

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Tippets: Fly Shop Tips, Rigging Tube Flies, Kimmel Joins American Rivers Board

TCO Fly Shop manager George Costa has some great advice for how to make the most of your routine visit to the fly shop. From questions to ask and those to avoid, read more via Hatch Magazine. Tube flies are … more

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