10 Yellow Sally Fly Patterns That I Love

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When I think back on all the times I've fished Yellow Sally stonefly hatches over the years, I honestly can't remember ever having a bad fishing experience. If I can find them on the water, I usually have no problem getting trout to take my...

Improving Fly Tying Efficiency  

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By Bob Reece Many beginner and novice tiers that I’ve talked to equate improved efficiency at the vise with rushing through the tying process. While applying the techniques below can speed up pattern creation, that result is not their sole purpose. The main focus...

We All Have Our Vises, Mine’s a Regal

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I made my first tying vise. I know what you're thinking, but this vise was not a pair of hemostats duct taped to the back of a chair. I grew up in a machine shop and own two metal lathes and a host of other...

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...

The UV Chocolate

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HAVING AN EFFECTIVE SELECTION OF MIDGE PATTERNS CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GREAT DAY OF TROUT FISHING AND A DAY OF SELF LOATHING. Often days when the midge bite is at its best nothing much else seems to be happening hatch wise. That's an important...