Category Archives: Tippets

Tippets: On Switch Lines, Using Science to Catch Bonefish

Dissecting the history and development of switch lines, John Arnold writes an informational piece about why they might not be the right choice for most anglers. “While I’ll admit that in the last 2 years I have finally seen some … more

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Tippets: Fluorocarbon vs. Mono Leaders, “The Revenant” Author’s Day Job, Spring Smallmouth Bass

Jay Nicholas writes an in-depth comparison of the different fluorocarbon and mono steelhead leaders available, and the benefits and drawbacks to each. Via The Caddis Fly. From a childhood fly fishing and hunting in Wyoming to a “day job” as … more

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Tippets: Tying the Jigawockie, Choosing Tippet Size, Spring Flies for Montana

A new series from Loon Outdoors features videos of fly tying tutorials. In the most recent installment, learn to tie the Jigawockie, “A jig nymph with a hot spot and the perfect amount of flash.” Most anglers know tippet size … more

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Tippets: Tying the Bucktail Deceiver, How Rivers Change, Camo on the Water

Read a chapter excerpt from “Fleye Design: Techniques, Insights, Patterns,” the new book by Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols. The chapter outlines the history, evolutions, and tying instructions for the Bucktail Deceiver. Via Orvis. Twenty-five years of satellite imagery shows … more

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Tippets: VA to Partner with PHWFF, Fishing Spring High Waters, C&R Record Programs

The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with community organizers, including Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing to improve access to care and support for veterans. The partnership and plans were discussed in depth at the annual PHWFF “national rendezvous” in Orlando, … more

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Tippets: Guiding Jim Harrison, Reading Water

Author and fly fishing guide Callan Wink describes a day of fishing with  his favorite client, the late Jim Harrison, in an article from a few years back. “Jim was the consummate poet,” Wink writes. “Often I’d look back at him and … more

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Tippets: Career of a Trout Biologist, Safe Wading Techniques

Jill Wick, trout biologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, is one of 17 New Mexico women featured on a calendar to encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM. “I think it is important, growing up in … more

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Tippets: Matching Lines to Rods, Rigging Tags and Trailers

Alan Bulmer addresses the difficulty of matching a fly line to rod, and with the number of options for each the task can be daunting. Don’t miss his article on the topic, via Active Angling New Zealand. Tag and trailer … more

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Tippets: Safe Spring Boating, Fishing Tasmania, March Merkin Tournament Winner

Spring runoff can provide rewarding fishing conditions. “But early season conditions can also mean very cold, high water, and depending on the river, challenging oaring situations,” writes Tim Linehan. Read some great tips for safe boating in the high water … more

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Tippets: Salvaging Old Flies, Fishing Against the Wind

Harry Murray of Murray’s Fly Shop shares great general tips on adding new life to old flies. “Whether you have a box of dry flies, nymphs, streamers or specialty patterns, here are a few tips to help salvage those flies.” … more

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