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Tag: flies

How to Tie the Manhattan Midge

This is a variation of Forrest Dorsey’s Manhattan Midge, which is, in itself, an enhanced version of other patterns in the Dorsey family of flies. What makes this version a little different is the red Umpqua U-Series, size 20 scud/pupa hook. Although the hook isn’t terribly small, plunger-style hackle pliers make handling them much easier. Just secure...

Tying Tuesday: Hare's Ear Variant

The Hare's Ear is one of my most dependable patterns here in the Rockies. Trout love it, and the fly has stood the test of time exceptionally well. This new take on the classic pattern from Loon Outdoors is interesting. While I tend to be a bit of a purist when it comes to classic fly patterns, I can't help but think this unique Hare's Ear variant is worth...

Enrico Puglisi LTD Becomes BTT Silver Sponsor

Enrico Puglisi LTD., popularly known as EP Flies, a leading manufacturer of fly-fishing flies and fly tying materials and tools, will support Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s conservation efforts as a Silver Corporate Sponsor, donating one percent of annual sales to BTT. “We are proud to be part of the important work being done by BTT,” said Enrico...

The March Brown and Gray Fox

The River Reporter is quickly becoming a favorite publication of mine, thanks to some truly insightful work like this recent piece on the March Brown and Gray Fox mayflies. Tony Bonavist sheds some light on apparent confusion between the two mayflies in his most recent piece. Give it a read here.

5 Flies That Catch Trout Across the Rockies

As I get ready for summer fishing here in the Rockies, I've cleaned out my fly boxes and made sure I have things relatively organized. That got me thinking about which flies I need to tie more of, and which flies I'd fish if I could only pick a few to have in my box. That line of thinking spawned this article for Hatch Magazine, wherein I detail my go-to...

A Few Old Reliable Flies

We all have a few flies that we love - our confidence flies. But if you're new to the game, or just can't decide which flies are your go-to ones, then this column from John Pitarresi can help. Give the article a read here.

Smaller and Quieter May Be Better, Part IV: Smallmouth Bass

In the low, clear flows of summer rivers, smallmouth bass can turn difficult. This is especially true if the water is clear and smooth, as in a pool. Under these conditions I try a series of tactics. Sometimes one or more of them work, sometimes none of them work. One that can work is going small. A fly tied on a size 12, 1X long hook is small for...

Video: Tying a Deer Hair Midge

I'm a huge fan of new midge patterns, and this one from Barry Ord Clarke is pretty interesting. I wouldn't think of it sitting down to the vise myself, which makes it all the more intriguing. What do you think? Will this fly fish, and would you throw a few in your box?

Scud Patterns for Trout

Whenever Pat Dorsey talks fly patterns, the angling world listens. With spring runoff underway, lots of us need what he's recently said in Fly Fisherman Magazine about scud patterns for trout. Give the piece a read and add some of Dorsey's patterns to your box this spring. Nymphs are the name of the game right now, and I haven't met a trout yet that...