Laying the Smack Down

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Sometimes you just have to lay the smack down on the water with your terrestrial fly patterns during the summer months to entice fish to eat. This trophy rainbow trout turned on our flies repeated times only to veer off at the last second. I changed...



Fly Fishing: Is Your Fly Swimming Right Side Up?

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A FLY FISHING HERO OF MINE, CAPT. BRUCE CHARD, ONCE TOLD ME, "IT'S NOT HOW PRETTY YOUR FINISHED STREAMER IS AT THE VISE THAT MATTERS, BUT RATHER HOW IT'S GOING TO SWIM IN THE WATER?" Until about the last ten years, I gave very little thought...



Be Stealthy Like Czech Nymphers

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I'm not afraid to admit I'm not a big fan of Czech nymphing. I'm not an aficionado of the popular three-fly nymph rig either. It's not the right rig for fly anglers that lack discipline or are daydreaming fly casters. Furthermore, a freshly tied rig can...



You Can’t Go Home

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William S. Burroughs, in his essay "Dinosaurs" wrote, "biologically speaking the one direction you can't go is back". He was, of course, making a social comment but I was reminded of that idea while fishing the other day with a good friend. Joel Dickey was up...



Traditional Old-School Nymphs Catch Trout, Don’t Forget It

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Every year, I spend quite a bit of time scouring the interweb and flipping through numerous fly company catalogs, all in the effort to stay up to date with the latest new fly pattern creations. Many are just variations of already existing fly patterns, but quite...