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Fly Casting

Tips for Effectively Casting Into the Wind

I don't know about you, but it feels like it's been windier than normal here in my corner of the Rocky Mountains this year. That's why this piece from Fly Fisherman Magazine is so apropos. If you struggle casting into the wind, or just want to improve your existing skill set, then I'd recommend reading through this article.

Winston's Joan Wulff Instructional Videos

While waiting for the rivers to open, it’s time to shift from binge-watching for a few minutes to freshen up your casting skills and learn from perhaps the greatest tournament caster and fly casting instructor of all time: Joan Wulff. Joan suggests that you safely follow along with the butt section of your fly rod as you watch the movies. Watch the...

Fly Fishing in the Wind

Wind is the fly angler's most interminable foe. A strong gust can blow bugs off the water, prematurely ending an otherwise graceful hatch. But that doesn't mean the fishing should stop. That's why this article, released last week over at Meat Eater, is a must-read as we head into the blustery spring fishing season. Read through all of Ryan Sparks' tips on...

How to Water Haul

There are tons of different ways to cast a fly rod, and I'm a firm believer in learning as many as possible. You can't have too many tools in your arsenal, after all. This great video from Pete Kutzer over at Orvis is a must-watch as you prep for the spring season!

Teach Yourself to Double Haul

The double haul is an essential tool in the arsenal of any angler, but especially those who spend time throwing big streamers or other heavy rigs. Phil Monahan, over at Orvis, gives us some great tips on teaching yourself the double haul. If you're still trying to figure this cast out, take the time to read through Phil's piece.

Improving Fly Presentation

Ross Purnell, of Fly Fisherman Magazine, recently penned a piece that's worth your time to read through in its entirety. The article, entitled "The Finesse Game: The Best Tools for Close and Personal Presentations" goes over invaluable tips that will inevitably make your dry fly fishing much more successful. Spring's mayfly hatches are coming sooner than...

Improve your Nymph Accuracy

Nymphing is often regarded as a great way to introduce new anglers to fly fishing, but it can just as - or even more - challenging than dry fly fishing. Nymphing was troublesome for me, because I grew up in a family where fly fishing was done only with dries. I didn't even know what a nymph looked like until sometime when I was in junior high. In this...

Become a Better Caster

I've guided off and on over the past decade, most of it spent with people who'd never fly fished before. By far, the most difficult part of guiding someone who'd never fly fished before is teaching them how to cast. Fly casting is more art than science, and I often find myself using phrases like, "You'll feel the load come off the tip of the rod, then you...