How To

DIY Tippet Spool Tender

Grant Michaels, over at Fly Lords Magazine, put this piece together recently about a video from Tightline Productions, where DIY tippet tenders are discussed. If you're tired of losing tippet, and don't want to spend the money on a tippet tender at the local fly shop, this DIY video is for you. Take a look at it here.

Driftless Fly Fishing Company Offering Free Lessons

Per a news story from ABC 6 out of Rochester, MN, the well-known Driftless Fly Fishing Company fly shop in Preston, MN is offering free fly fishing classes to anyone looking to get into the sport. The shop is located on the banks of the South Branch and Root River. You can read more about the free classes here.

Best Spots to Find Trout and Bass

Ross Purnell, over at Fly Fisherman Magazine, put together this piece that aims to help beginning anglers identify habitat for trout and bass in rivers, streams, and creeks. Whether you're fishing big water or small trickles, Purnell's advice should help you find fish willing to take your fly. Read it in full here.

Gear Patrol: How to Start Fly Fishing

These how-to-get-started-fly-fishing articles are fairly common, but I think they're all mostly worth sharing, if for the simple fact that the way one writer words something may be what gets a new angler into the sport. Anyways, you can read through this piece here, and forward it on to your friends who are, as Hank Patterson would say, "fly-curious."

How to Whip Finish by Hand

If you tie your own flies, you've been in that situation before. You're just finishing up a great fly, getting ready for tomorrow's trip, and you can't find your whip finish tool. Or, if you're one to take your tying kit with you on trips, it's the one tool you left at home. Regardless, it pays to know how to whip finish by hand, which is why this piece...

Fishing the Dry-Dropper-Dropper Rig

Yesterday, I wrote a piece for Hatch Magazine about fishing with three flies. Where it's legal, I've found that using three flies is almost always better than one or two. To understand the reasoning behind it, and to learn more about the rig, you can read the article in its entirety here.

Orvis Pro Tips: A Good Downstream Drift

Orvis' pro tips are among some of the best instructional writing on fly fishing that the angling community has access to. And in this recent piece written by Phil Monahan, we're treated to an in-depth look at how to achieve a good downstream drift. You can watch the video below and read the entirety of Monahan's post here.

5 Tips for Casting to Rising Trout

At this point in the year, the trout in our heavily-trafficked waters are much more suspicious than they were two months ago. On Tuesday, I floated the Green River in Utah, in the middle of a pretty good caddis and yellow sally hatch. The fish that rose to my dry fly did so timidly, as if they were scared of getting caught. I suspect it's this way on a lot...

Emergency Line Splicing

Louis Cahill recently wrote a piece that resonated pretty well with me. Cracked or broken fly line can end a day on the water, and it's happened to me more often than I'd like to admit. If you've ever been in that position before, you'll want to read through Cahill's piece.

How to Do the Hauling Tuck Cast

George Daniel, a contributing editor over at Fly Fisherman Magazine, just put out a new video showing anglers how to complete the hauling tuck cast. This technique is meant to help your flies hit the water at a steeper angle, thereby increasing how quickly they end up in a trout's strike zone. Watch the video here.