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Tying Tuesday: Blacked-out Pheasant Tail

Today's Tying Tuesday comes to us from the fine folks at Fly Fish Food. The pattern is one we're all familiar with - the Pheasant Tail nymph. But their take on it is a bit unique. It certainly looks like a good winter fly for my local fisheries. What do you think?

Tying Tuesday: Yarn Shrimp

Small midge and shrimp patterns work great as we transition from the fast and furious fall fishing, into the more tranquil days of winter. When fish don't want to move far for a high-calorie meal, shrimp especially can present a great target. This video from AP Fly Tying walks us through the simple process of tying yarn shrimp.

Skin and Tan Bucktails for Fly Tying

If you're anything like me, you start thinking about taking some hide home with you during hunting season. Between deer and elk, there's plenty of hair that we use in fly tying, and it's right there for the taking after downing an animal. But the process of skinning and tanning bucktails for your own personal fly tying use puts many of us - myself included...

3 Tips for Picking Flats Flies

It's that time of year when most of us start dreaming of fishing in warm, far-flung locations. Winter is either here or fast approaching for many anglers, and the desire to stand on the flats chasing fish in warm water is hard to ignore. So, if you're planning a flats trip anytime soon, these tips from Orvis on picking flats flies are probably just what...

Tying Tuesday: Chartreuse Caddis

This week's Tying Tuesday comes to use from The Fly Fiend on YouTube. In this video, you'll learn how to tie an interesting caddis nymph - the Chartreuse Caddis. It looks promising, especially in the caddis-rich waters of the Rockies. What do you think?

How To Be a Better Stripper

Stripping streamers is a skill that's surprisingly difficult to master. Watching some anglers, it looks like you just throw a cast and randomly retrieve the line. What's not as obvious at first glance, however, is the stripping pattern each angler uses, and how that pattern impacts an angler's success. Ben Kryzinski, over at Hatch Magazine, put together...

Tying Tuesday: Bling Midge

I'm a sucker for simple, effective flies. While I'll always have a soft spot for the intricate patterns - my grandfather tied Atlantic salmon flies commercially for two decades - the easier a fly is to tie, the better. As a guide, I love those simple, effective patterns, and my clients love them just as much. That's where this week's Tying Tuesday video...

Whip Finish Wednesday: Flash Tail Glo Bug

Since we didn't get to Tying Tuesday yesterday - due to other news - I thought I'd share this fly tying video for Whip Finish Wednesday. This tutorial is from the folks at Fly Fish Food, and it's what they call the easiest glo bug pattern ever. Watch the video and see for yourself if it's that easy.

Opinion: Late Fall's Best Trout Flies

Morgan Lyle, over at Field & Stream, got together with a few fly fishing guides and talked shop about fall fly patterns. Specifically, he wanted to know which flies guides go to when fall fishing starts to wrap up. The list shouldn't surprise anyone, but it's a good reminder of the key elements to focus on if you're looking for success on the water...

Quickly Tie a Dropper on Your Rig

This post from Orvis on their blog is one of the best I've read there. In it, the author details some quick tips on how you can easily and quickly drop a nymph behind a dry fly. To learn more, read here.