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Five Flies for October - Eagle River, Colorado

While we love throwing streamers year-round, there's no doubt that it can be super productive as fish start to pack on pounds as the colder temperatures and shorter days of winter approach. Whether from a boat or walk-wading, you never know what you'll connect with if you dedicate a day or season to tossing streamers.

How to Tie an Isonychia Parachute

This Isonychia Parachute is one of my guilty pleasure fly patterns – it’s big, easy to tie, and towards dark, throughout most of the summer and fall, the thing flat-out catches fish. For a hook, I’m going to use a Lightning Strike DF1 in size 12. Begin by getting the hook firmly secured in the jaws of your tying vise. For thread, I like wine-colored...

Euro Nymphing: Tenkara’s European Cousin

Tenkara bears a striking resemblance to one of the most popular trends in mainstream fly fishing: Euro nymphing. The method was developed by European competition fly fishers to maximize the number of fish they catch while complying with the rules of the Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive Mouche or, in English, the International Sport...

How to Tie Jeff Blood's Blood Dot

This is Jeff Blood’s Blood Dot fly. It was developed for use on Great Lakes tributaries but works really well whenever eggs are on the menu - probably because it looks so realistic when wet. For steelhead, I like a Lightning Strike SE3 hook in size 10. Begin by getting the 2X heavy, 2X short hook firmly secured in the jaws of your tying vise. For thread...

Top Reason to Tie Your Own Flies

Tying your own flies can give an angler a mental advantage on the water. "Custom flies are confidence flies,” writes Domenick Swentosky. “The slight variations on a Hare’s Ear nymph that a fly tyer wraps on the hook are what connect us to the fly. It’s more personal, more individual and ultimately more effective. We fish our own patterns with...

How to Tie a Conehead Bunny Leech

This is a Conehead Bunny Leech – a weighty streamer that’s quite easy to tie and has a ton of action underwater. It can be swung or stripped in for a more erratic motion. For a hook, I’m going to use a Lightning Strike SN 1 in size 8. I pair this with a small gold cone. Insert the hook point into the small hole of the cone and bring the cone around...

"Long Time Comin'" - Fly Fishing Montana

"Since I picked up a fly rod, my cousins and I have dreamed of fishing out west. This past summer we made that trip a reality and we can't wait to go back!"

Importance of Changing Flies

Changing up flies can change a day’s success on the water. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know when changing is necessary. “It can be very obvious to us that changing flies is the answer when we’re able to sight-fish and see fish rejecting our flies. But many times you’ll find yourself fishing in conditions where sight-fishing isn’t an...

How to Tie a Woolly Worm

The Woolly Worm is kind of like the less-famous, somewhat maligned, older brother of the Woolly Bugger. But I’ve always found it very effective for both trout and panfish. I start with a Lightning Strike SN3 3X long streamer hook in size 12. After getting the hook firmly secured in the jaws of my tying vise, I’ll pick up just the smallest amount of...

Two Streamers for Fishing Alaska

If you plan to fish Alaska, always carry the two flies in this post from Kent Klewein. The Green Headed Monster and The Cornelius Special are articulated streamers for attracting big fish. Find more in formation as well as the pattern information via Gink & Gasoline.