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Nymphing with Split Shots Makes All the Difference

Adding supplemental weight to your nymphing rigs is the difference between catching fish and not. Here’s why. The whole idea about split shots and using heavier beads is not only to get your nymphs down faster but to put your flies within the water column that fish...

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Fly Fishing High Muddy Water

Flooding can be a major problem for fish, not just us humans. With vast amounts of debris and sediment being pushed downstream, it can be tough for fish to discern what’s food and what’s not. Not only that, but, too much sediment can clog up their gills. But, fish...

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6 Different Ways to Dry Off Your Dry Flies

If you’ve ever been fly fishing long enough with dry flies you’ll know that they always take on water and sink after a few fish and drifts. This can be for a number of reasons from poor line control where mending is needed to better situations like you just landed a...

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Nymphing with Split Shots Makes All the Difference

Adding supplemental weight to your nymphing rigs is the difference between catching fish and not. Here’s why. The whole idea about split shots and using heavier beads is not only to get your nymphs down faster but to put your flies within the water column that fish...

read more

Fly Fishing High Muddy Water

Flooding can be a major problem for fish, not just us humans. With vast amounts of debris and sediment being pushed downstream, it can be tough for fish to discern what’s food and what’s not. Not only that, but, too much sediment can clog up their gills. But, fish...

read more

Nymphing with Split Shots Makes All the Difference

Adding supplemental weight to your nymphing rigs is the difference between catching fish and not. Here’s why. The whole idea about split shots and using heavier beads is not only to get your nymphs down faster but to put your flies within the water column that fish...

read more

Nymphing with Split Shots Makes All the Difference

Adding supplemental weight to your nymphing rigs is the difference between catching fish and not. Here’s why. The whole idea about split shots and using heavier beads is not only to get your nymphs down faster but to put your flies within the water column that fish...

read more

Fly Fishing High Muddy Water

Flooding can be a major problem for fish, not just us humans. With vast amounts of debris and sediment being pushed downstream, it can be tough for fish to discern what’s food and what’s not. Not only that, but, too much sediment can clog up their gills. But, fish...

read more

6 Different Ways to Dry Off Your Dry Flies

If you’ve ever been fly fishing long enough with dry flies you’ll know that they always take on water and sink after a few fish and drifts. This can be for a number of reasons from poor line control where mending is needed to better situations like you just landed a...

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Best 12 Trout Flies For Fall Fly Fishing

One of the only months that rivals the vast hatches of spring is the fall. With the migration of many winged-insects in autumn and the calm cooling temperatures throughout the day, there are always many opportunities present for avid fly anglers. There is...

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Choosing the Right Color and Depth for Locating Bass

When I first started fishing for bass on the fly I tied up a handful of patterns that looked most like my favorite bass lures (or, rather, my wife did). The end result was a series of kind of bulky chartreuse woolly buggers that look perfectly fishy to me. When I was...

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4 Simple Methods to Master the Art of Unsnagging your Fly

No one likes losing their flies to the river, but it’s a part of fly fishing whether you’re a rookie or an expert. Your natural instincts will take over and tell you to try and force the snag free, but this often results in losing your entire rig and even broken rods. As anglers, we become expert problem solvers, so take a deep breath, relax, and make a plan. Next time you get snagged, try the following the techniques to hopefully save your flies!

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Fly Fishing the Eastern Sulphur Hatch in Pennsylvania

Thousands in flight and every single trout gettin’ some action.

In my small trickle of a stream, wild brown gorge on what we call Sulphurs. An Eastern late May and early June hatch that brings tens of thousands of seemingly yellow and orange colored mayflies to the air.

Sulphurs never fail to disappoint. Trout will take any poor presentation tossed at them and rarely refuse an accurate cast. It is addicting. They smack Sulphurs hard and one trout can be caught multiple times in one night. Last year I landed over 30 wild brown within 2 hours of a dense hatch.

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4 Ways to Unsnag Your Fly

Your natural instincts will take over and tell you to try and force the snag free, but this often results in losing your entire rig and even broken rods. As anglers, we become expert problem solvers, so take breath, relax and make a plan. Next time you get snagged, try the following the techniques to hopefully save your flies!

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5 Spring Fly Fishing Tactics and Flies

For most of us, spring means warm weather and abundant hatches. From Pennsylvania to California, you’ll start to see stoneflies, dark-toned mayflies, and caddis coming off. Spring offers so much action and plenty of thrills between seeing that first rise to watching that trout engulf your perfect presentation. But with so much buzz spring can demand a large variety of flies to choose from and the right tactics to present them — which is why we’ve prepared the top techniques for spring fly fishing and the best trout flies.

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Articulated And Underestimated: Fly Fishing For Large Trout And Bass

We all know and see big nasty articulated streamers in the fly shops and online thinking would a trout really eat that thing? Isn’t it too big? In most cases yes, a lot of big crazy streamers are overkill but making sure you are equipped with a solid selection of four to six-inch-long articulated streamers can be the difference of finding that trophy and blowing it.

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Salt Pollutes | How Rock Salt Affects Streams

As the winter months bring precipitation, commutes are made treacherous by from slick conditions. A commonplace method to combat this is the application of deicing salts to the roadways by states and municipalities. However, the lasting effects these salts have once washed into the surrounding watersheds is greatly understudied.

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Shyanne Orvis: Ladies On The Fly

I felt I was in a position to help other women who may have felt the same way. To my knowledge, there weren’t any events that were women-specific in my area that focused on the basics of fly-fishing. I wanted to create an event that allowed for women to feel more comfortable asking questions.

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What the F**k is a Monthly Fly Club?

Yes kiddos, a monthly fly club. It's a combination of divine intervention and Saint Nicholas arriving every 30 days. Magically, fly fishing flies arrive in your mailbox each month. It’s amazing how it all works. If you fish regularly and need to keep your fly box full...

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Winter Dry Fly Fishing: Are Dry Flies Worth it in the Winter?

If our “How to Nymph in the Winter” article was any indication of which methods of fly fishing are best for winter, then you might be thinking, dries flies simply aren’t worth fishing in the winter. Day after day throughout the winter, nymphing will prove to be the most effective method. Although, on occasion when all the stars have aligned you just might find yourself upon a winter hatch. These moments are few and far between but when they happen, boy oh boy, you better have packed your dries.

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6 Heart Warming Gifts for Your Fly Fishing Valentine

Love it or hate it, there is no avoiding it- Valentine’s Day. With V-day approaching soon, we want to help you and your better half, have the best day possible. There’s that saying, “spend money on experiences, not things.” We support that genuinely, but we also recognize that sometimes certain “things” make those experiences even better. So, whether you are looking to enhance you and your partners next fishing experience or plan a special outing together, there is an idea for every angler on this list.

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Add this Fly Fishing Destination to your Bucket List

Sometimes you just pack up your car at the spur of the moment with one of your best friends and hit the road three hours into the new year. Especially if you’re headed to Nevada’s Pyramid Lake. Although you can catch the cutthroat trout of your lifetime, what’s stuck out most to me was the hospitality provided by the community around Pyramid Lake.

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Catch-And-Release In Under 30 Seconds

I myself have been completely guilty of mishandling fish, on more than one occasion in fact. I resembled a fly fishing novice back then. Fly fishing isn’t easy, fish are feisty, slippery and proper handling isn’t exactly instinctual. Since the early days, I have grown as an angler, thus recognizing the importance of handling fish the right way.

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Add These Fly Fishing Goals to Your New Years Resolution

After my first summer fly-fishing, in January of the new year, I wrote down exactly what I wanted to accomplish in fly-fishing during the season and how I wanted to improve. I’ve since repeated this goal setting opportunity for each new year. By laying out all my fly fishing intentions for the new year and upcoming season, I set myself up to have an above average season and spend more time on the water. Which is really the ultimate goal, right?

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Best Fly Fishing Gifts for Beginners

The holidays are upon us and with Christmas less than one week away, it’s not too late to hook up the fellow angler in your life with a last-minute gift. Now, normally I’m not one to condemn last minute shopping but it just seems unavoidable this time of year. Hopefully, the list below makes your last-minute shopping for the beginner fly-fisherman or woman in your life smooth and easy.

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Best Colorado Tailwaters and How to Fish Them

Colorado grants many anglers with the opportunity to fly fish year-round, despite the long winters and heavy snowfalls. The abundance of tailwater fisheries located all over the state provides incredible fly-fishing opportunities, especially during runoff season and for anglers seeking trout through the winter months.

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Frozen Finger Season: Fly Fishing in Freezing Temperatures

Standing in a river all day might sound outright ridiculous to most, but if you’ve read this far into the article, I trust you are interested in learning how to avoid freezing your tuchus off! Follow the five tips below to ensure a successful and comfortable day of winter fly fishing.

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Essential Fly Fishing Tips for Winter Trout

When winter approaches, don’t feel hesitated when heading towards your favorite trout waters. Winter fishing can be very productive, and in most cases produce great trout. This is especially true for fly fishing. As an avid angler, some of my best fish and...

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Improve Your Streamer Game With Jigged Streamers

Have you ever been sure that there is a big brown trout hunkered down in the deepest parts of pocket water, but it’s guarded by boulders, logs, and snags? And after losing 4 streamers you give up.  You just lost $25, or an hour at the vise.  Well, there...

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How to Nymph in the Winter

"This might be a stupid question, but can you fly fish in the winter?" I've been asked this question more times than I can count and the answer is YES, you can go fly fishing in the winter! While some would gawk in utter disbelief that anyone would...

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Scavenger Fly: A Treasure Hunt For Fly Fishers

Scavenger Fly, started by fly angler Aaron Przybylski, is half hide-and-seek, half treasure hunt for fly fishers. What started out as a fly swapping station among friends became much more. The original Scavenger Fly box was actually a plastic baggie with a pile of...

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Four Easy Fly Fishing Lessons For Fall

Trout are spawning and steelhead are coming up to chase the salmon spawn before staging themselves. All said and done, the fall is an incredible time for fly fishing! There are many techniques for catching trout, salmon, and steelhead that fall fishing presents. The...

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Save Bristol Bay

Call for Action: A turning point in our relationship with the resources we depend on By now, many of us - outdoorsmen or not - have heard of the situation in Bristol Bay, Alaska. While the issue of Pebble Limited Partnership’s proposed copper and gold mine has taken...

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Why Rubber Nets Are The Best

Why is rubber the best kind of landing net? Plain and simple, landing nets are fantastic. For conservative-minded anglers, you can catch-and-release a fish much quicker and cause less harm. From another perspective, it means that dinner doesn’t get away. No offense...

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Casting For Dummies: Fly Fishing for 150 Pound Tarpon

My first-time saltwater fly fishing was off the Mexican Gulf coast targeting tarpon in average schools of 50 or more fish between 100-150 pounds. These fish were leviathans, to say the least. So here I was 13 years old with my father chasing these...

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Is August For The Hopper Dropper Rigs?

In these hot summer months, I always turn to a hopper dropper rig. I remember when I was just starting to fly fish and in the late summer months, I'd tie on a foam hopper that I made up with some craft foam from the local craft shops. I'd make this thick...

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How To Fish Meaty Flies And Articulated Streamers

Everyone loves “meat” flies. I’m no exception -- I love swingin’ meat to t-rex sized fish. When I first got into streamers, I loved the idea of going after those dino sized trout you can’t get with a 22 sized BWO. But now, let’s face it, it’s an addiction....

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What’s Inside July’s Membership Package

The Fly Crate members just got their July monthly fly package! It took us nearly 8 hours of packing and slapping labels, but we finally got it all done here at TFC HQ. From the start of July to the end of August, there are fewer and fewer fly hatches....

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How to Handle Trout Without Harming Them

By Colton Orbaker   We know by your expression, hooting, and hollering, that you are excited about the fish you just landed. You must remember, however, to celebrate your pursuit in a way that is respectful and courteous to the fish. Trout are actually somewhat...

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3 Simple Steps to Choose the Right Fly

By Colton Orbaker   Ever try picking out the right fly? No, no, I get it. It’s tough. Conditions are always changing and it always seems nearly impossible to pick the perfect fly for the job. But, it can be so easy. I actually use a simple 3 step process to pick mine....

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The Deadly Technique: How to Fish Soft Hackles

https://vimeo.com/217433194[/embed]   Rarely do I hear fly anglers rave about soft hackle flies. That is partially due to the lack of fishermen that use them and I bet it has to with the lack of attractiveness in these flies. “Wait, are you telling me people don’t...

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How to Save Your Leader: Use a Tippet Ring

Tippet rings are extremely useful but can be an extreme pain if you have clumsy fingers. For those of you who are not familiar with tippet rings, they are an excellent way to extend the life of your tapered leaders without compromising the strength or buoyancy of your...

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4 Simple Considerations To Spook Less Trout

Written by CASTING ACROSS Maybe grandpa told you not to talk or you’ll scare away the fish. Perhaps you watched a super artsy video on YouTube where the anglers moved in slow motion. Whatever the reason, you’re convinced that trout are the smartest creatures on this...

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What Members Received – Scud Month

Its is reel'ly cold. But trout don't care cause scuds make the world go round. Scuds are an extremely important source of food. Often overlooked by anglers, scud / shrimp / sow bugs are found in nearly every body of water. BEADED OLIVE / GRAY SCUD SIZE 16 WHY SCUDS?...

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CABAÑAS GATOMORO – Golden Dorado Fly Fishing

The Fly Crate staff had the fortune of speaking with a fly angler from Patagonia. It's not every day that you can hear stories from anglers across the globe. Here is what Lionel had to say: "My name is Lionel Machado, I am a photographer, videographer and fishing...

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5 Small Stream Fly Fishing Tactics

Over a decade ago, I attempted to fly fish the small stream down from my house. This stream was a challenge. It was narrow and had its fair share of overhanging grass and branches. I had no idea what I was doing. I thought that it wasn't going to be that tough. So I...

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Saving Lives 1 Fly At A Time

healing flies program how you can help SHOP ONLINE Explore our online fly shop and join our club! Shop for anything you need to get you through the season. DONATE FLIES For every 6 flies you purchase, we donate 1 fly on your behalf to help support disabled veterans....

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Winter Fly Fishing with Streamers

In this episode of Fly TV, Daniel Bergman and Mike Schmidt teach the techniques and tactics to fly fishing streamers in the winter. Mike Schmidt, one of the top streamer gurus in the fly fishing industry, goes over essential knowledge for meat fishers. Choosing the...

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How to Fly Fish in the Winter: Top 9 Winter Trout Flies

Fly fishing in the winter can be challenging but, also, highly rewarding. Most people do not venture outside their homes so winter fly fishing keeps the crowds away, and often times you'll have the water all to yourself. Generally speaking, trout are a smidge sluggish...

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Best/Worst Fly Fishing Advice From #1 Guide

Hank Patterson, probably the #1 fly fishing guide in the United States, has been successfully teaching fly fishing for decades. Said to be a student of Lefty Kreh, Hank Patterson is no joke. In this short educationally video, Mr. Patterson will teach you everything...

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