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...

Fingers Crossed

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By Steven Brutger FOR MONTHS WE HAD OUR FINGERS CROSSED. Eying snow reports and talking to the few who had been in the mountains, we were cautiously optimistic. Despite a big snow year we had a shot at hitting it right. A few days too early and ice...

Light Where You Need It

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The sun has dipped below the horizon and the evening chill is in the air. You've got maybe thirty more minutes to fish if you push it. The hatch is on and you can hear fish rising all around you as you struggle in the waning...

DIY Fly Line Loop with Step-by-Step Instructions

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Most fly lines these days already come with welded loops at the ends for the easy attachment of backing and leaders. If you fish as much as I do though, eventually they get worn out and need to be replaced. Most anglers just use a...

Dos and Don’ts For Guided Fishing

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"I have done enough guiding with enough people of all types that I sometimes cheer for the fish." My friend Kirk Deeter, writing on the Trout Unlimited blog April 25th, threw out the bold headline: "Guides: Gatekeepers or Profiteers". There's no mystery where Kirk stands on...