Fly Fishing Techniques
Casting Heavy Flies
IF YOU throw tight, fast loops with a lot of weight at the end of the line, the results are shocking...literally. At the end of every forward- and backcast the heavy fly acts like a running dog hitting the end of its leash, bouncing backward. This sends shock waves down the line to the rod and screws everything up.Read more...
Using a Sweep Set
THE SWEEP SET uses the water tension on the line to apply pressure. You’re counting on the tension along the line to transfer energy down to the fly. Think about how the current pushing on your line makes your fly swing at the end of a drift. It’s the same principle at work in the sweep set.Read more...
Kyle Toyama writes about the annual start of trout season, fishing the celebrated waters of the Yellowstone Valley. “This ritual and these experiences have become such an ingrained part of my life and especially my spring,” he writes, “it brings … more
For better or worse guiding and drinking go hand in hand. In this essay, Callan Wink writes about the guiding life and all the pitfalls therein. “Eventually, after their trip, all the clients go home, back to their lives in … more
For author and fly tier Jay Zimmerman, carp are not a side show, writes Zach Matthews, “they are the main event.” Zimmerman talks fly patterns, carp behavior, and different fishing environments in this interview via American Angler.
The “one-fly” approach has become popular in tenkara fishing circles. However, Jason Klass wonders what would happen if anglers did the opposite: “What if instead of committing to a single signature pattern […] you committed to never tying the same … more