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Tag: dry flies

"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...

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...

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...

Fly Fishing Jazz: Matching the Music

I like to listen to music when I tie flies. It reinforces a free thinking mood, and if you looked inside my fly boxes, you’ll know I’m not very good at following patterns, recipes, and instructions. Some would call that attention deficit disorder, though I prefer to think of it as improvisation. The other day I got to thinking about music, and how there...

Podcast: 12 Tips for Summer Dry-Fly Fishing

Tom Rosenbauer begins by talking about rod actions, line sizes, sunscreen, and high water, then offers several tips for summer dry-fishing. "Summer is the prime time for dry flies, for some reasons I'll get into. And I've got 12 tips here for fishing dry flies for high summer. Number one: I wanted to talk about the physics of water, and what I've noticed...

Fly Fishing Strategy Tips

Choosing Flies Size Matters When choosing trout flies, the relative importance of fly characteristics in your selection, in order, should be: size, shape, color, and action (for stripped flies). In saltwater, action is often more important than exact size and shape. Dropper Flies or Tandem Rigs Dropper flies are a trout angler's secret weapon. A simple...

Rigs and Methods for Dry Flies on Still Waters

YOU'LL USUALLY FISH DRY FLIES on lakes and ponds when you see trout rising to work a hatch of aquatic insects, a fall of terrestrial insects, or a flight of returning aquatic insects. Such feeding is usually localized, often over a shallow weedbed or near a stand of shoreside trees. The trout will often feed in pods, a loose gathering of trout that either...

"Blue Upright"

IT WAS MY FIRST FISHING trip to the spring creeks around Sun Valley, Idaho, and I needed advice about where to go and what flies to use. A friendly clerk behind the counter at Dick Alf's fly shop answered my questions and helped me choose some flies from the large selection on display. Most of the fly patterns were familiar, but then something different...

The Parawulff

IN THE SPRING of 1931, the fly fishing duo of Lee Wulff and Dan Bailey could be found fishing the prolific trout streams of up-state New York using Lee’s new and revolutionary hair wing dry flies. Adorned with buoyant and sturdy buck tail fibers on their wings and tails, Lee’s new creations were a far departure from the sparse dressings of the day. As...