If It Looks Offensive, Fish It!

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By Justin Pickett Does a trout fly have to "be something?" I was once approached by a man on a local stream after I had brought a nice male Rainbow Trout to the net, and immediately he asked the age old question, “What'd he eat?” I removed...

Sunday Classic / Fish Floating Nymphs for Selective Trout

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TELL ME IF THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR. You're kneeling at the edge of a slow glassy pool watching several big trout inspect what floats above them. You change flies, again, and make yet another perfect presentation, only to watch the fish move three feet out of the...

Starting Fly Tying Season Off Right

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By Bob Reece While some people tie flies year round, the majority of fly tying in the Northern hemisphere takes place during the winter months. As the chill builds in the air, we move into this time of year filled with hours spent behind the vise...

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...

Working With Stretch Tubing

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By Bob Reece I love flies that have both transparency and durability.  Incorporating stretch tubing into the construction of a pattern adds both of these elements.  In addition to this, manipulating the material and those that it’s paired with, can help produce more effective flies.  Stretch tubing...