Shea Gunkel’s Shot Glass Baetis

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By Bob Reece Baetis Mayflies are an integral piece of the food web in many trout inhabited watersheds around the world. While their physical size is minimal, their population numbers can be immense. These significant numbers frequently draw the attention of feeding trout. These...

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...

The Magic of Soft Hackles

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SOFT HACKLES ARE THE SHARKS OF THE FLY BOX. Like the shark, the soft hackle is one of the oldest of its ilk, and like those ancient predators, it has evolved very little from its inception. Like the shark, it is a deadly design that could...

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...

Tie Connor’s Jerk Minnow

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THIS DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE FLY IS ALL ABOUT THE ACTION. Connor Jones, from Cohutta Fishing Company, ties this versatile baitfish pattern for bass and trout here in the southeast. It's a simple fly with a clean profile and it's easy to tie in a variety of colors. The...