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Skip Morris

Skip Morris ( www.skipmorris-fly-tying.comhas written 18 books on fly fishing and fly tying over the past 25 years (among them, Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple, Western River Hatches, Trout Flies for Rivers, and Morris & Chan on Fly Fishing Trout Lakes) along with over 300 magazine articles. He’s served among the hosts of a national fly-fishing television show and on several instructional DVDs. As a speaker, Skip’s performed in California and Arizona, Michigan, Iowa, Texas, and Alabama, and a bunch of other states, three Canadian provinces, and overseas.  The spring 2014 issue of Fly Tyer  magazine announced Skip as a winner of the magazine’s lifetime achievement award. Skip’s wife Carol provides much of the photography in Skip’s work and all the illustrations. They live, currently, with one willful cat on Washington’s lush Olympic Peninsula with its myriad opportunities for both fresh and saltwater fly fishing.

Author Articles

Lakes: Learning to Read Again

Question: I am so used to fishing for trout in rivers and streams, and I’ve figured out where they hide. . . but I am perplexed when it comes to finding trout in Lakes. How do I find trout hidden in a body of lake water, when everywhere I look, it all looks the same? Help! —Christine P Answer: Help, Christine, is here. I’ve fished a heap of trout...

"Where Should I Take a Beginner Out West?"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I am looking for a recommendation for a river where I can take a beginner. I will probably invest in a guide. I’m looking for a dry-fly fishery with lots of action. Smaller fish that hit anything is preferable to larger fish that are selective. I’m looking for a western...

"Stuck"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "I lost many flies to the bottom last year (which seemed to be the only way to catch fish). I tend to just straighten my rod and pull when I am snagged, because if I try to save the fly I thrash around and ruin the fishing. Every time I break off, however, I have to re-tie...

Flies for the Trouts

Question: "Do you consider the species of trout you are targeting when deciding which flies to take along to a particular river? And would you target different places to fish in a river or stream based on the type of trout that inhabit that water?" — Glenn D. Answer: Yes. And yes. Sort of… I’ll explain. But first I must say that normally I answer...

Skip Morris: "My Top Five Nymphs"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I’ve already started tying your top five drys; how about your top five wets/nymphs? \ — Jack W. Answer: Sure. I’d be happy to share with you and everyone else the five nymphs and wet flies I fish most often. But sharing just five such nymphs (without the wets) would...

What About Soft-Hackled Flies?

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "When fishing rivers, under what conditions do I use a soft-hackle fly? And can you recommend a pattern for an intermediate level tier?" — John K Answer: Since you won’t be the only person reading my answer to your question, John (oh sweet God, MidCurrent and I hope...

"Fish Ears"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "Are fish able to hear or otherwise perceive voices above the water?" —Wayne Asnwer: The standard question about fish and sound goes something like this: Do fish hear sound? The standard reply goes about like this: Fish are very sensitive to sounds made in or on water...

Getting Them On, Then In

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "I have been missing a lot of fish lately—presentation is good, fish takes the fly, I set the hook and either have the fish on for a second or two and then they’re gone or when I set the hook the fly pops out of the fish’s mouth. This seems to happen more with a dry...

Casting Unruly Rigs

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I fish the Tongariro River in Taupo, New Zealand and would like to know, What is the best way to cast a large dry fly with a size 16 tungsten dropper attached by a meter and sometimes more of tippet? Is there a better way to set up the dry fly dropper? —Stan Answer: Your...

Picking the Top Five Dry Flies

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: Please tell us what five dry flies you are never without.  That means, if we looked in your fly boxes, what five dries would we be guaranteed to see?  — Jack W Answer: I carry a lot of flies I fish only occasionally, and a relative few I fish regularly. Makes me a pretty...