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Tying Tuesday: Jig Head Indicator Fly

Davie McPhail has long been one of my favorite tiers on YouTube. His videos are clear, his instructions simple, and I love his spin on classic patterns. This one - the jig head indicator fly - is something I'll have to add to my box for this weekend's adventures.

Tying Tuesday: John Horsey's Carrot Fly

This is a pattern that I remember seeing my grandpa tie years ago. It's funny how fly patterns go in and out of style, like a lot of other things in fly fishing. Regardless, this is a great fly, it's easy to tie, and it can add some fun variety to your box.

8 Flies Smallmouth Bass Can't Resist

If you're looking for something to catch while you wait for the trout to come out of their summer funk and start getting active for fall, then smallmouth bass are a great choice. The folks over at Field & Stream put together this story on eight of the best flies for smallmouth. Take a look and let us know what you think. Do these flies deserve a spot...

Tying Tuesday: The Furled Daddy Longlegs

It's that time of year when you can start reliably fishing crane fly adults and count on getting a few solid eats. And Lindsay Simpson has put together a great tutorial on how to tie this particular pattern.

Tying Tuesday: CDC Spent Wing Midge

This pattern comes to us from Barry Ord Clarke over at The Feather Bender on YouTube. With fall coming up soon, it'll quickly be time for fishing small midges at dusk. A CDC spent wing midge is a must-have pattern in your trout box.

Opinion: 'You Don't Have to Match the Hatch'

Dom Swentosky, over at Troutbitten, penned this story on a topic that I've long since believed in - that you don't always need to match the hatch. Often, matching the hatch exactly results in your fly being lose among the dozens of naturals. Un-matching the hatch, though, makes your fly stand out. So long as you're not trying to fish a salmon fly in the...

Tying Tuesday: The Brindle Bug

My grandfather tied flies commercially for 27 years. As far as I know, he was one of the few commercial tiers West of the Mississippi to regularly tie old-school Atlantic salmon flies. I grew up thinking those were better streamers than woolly buggers, and in some cases, they were. But it's that love of those large, garish, ornate flies that made me want to...

Opinion: Articulated Nymphs

Kent Klewein, over at Gink & Gasoline, put this piece together recently that takes a look at the emerging popularity of articulated nymphs. Yes, you read that correctly - articulated nymphs. Not streamers. And while we're aware of the efficacy of articulated streamers (Galloup's Sex Dungeon is at the top of my personal list), does adding that much...

Tying Tuesday: How to Tie a Chubby

The Chubby Chernobyl is arguably the most well-known foam fly. It floats high, supports heavy nymphs, and is easy to see. I think it's about as perfect a big dry fly as you can get. This video shows a very thorough way of tying these flies. Using foam is tricky if you're not used to it, so this video should be helpful to tiers of all skill levels.

Tying Tuesday: Beadhead Water Boatman

This week's Tying Tuesday post comes to us from Avid Max. It's a tutorial on tying a pretty cool nymph - the Beadhead Water Boatman.