Household Fly Tying Tools, By Scott Krashan

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In this post, Scott Krashan shares his favorite everyday, household items that he uses for fly tying. We found it different and actually pretty useful. Do you tyers out there have any other household implements you use? If so, tell us in the comments and maybe we’ll do a follow up story featuring your suggestions.
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Two handed fishing for trout

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The guys at Deneki have produced a few great posts on spey and switch fishing for trout. Here is their latest installment with some good info!

Anyhow, trout fishing with two handed rods has come a long way in the past three years. We thought we’d give you a little update on the state of the art from our perspective, and the most obvious way to do that in our minds was to cover what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same.

See the full post with all the tips and techniques at

Bimini Big Game Club, By Pat Ford

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If you’re like most of us who work around here, viewing images of tropical locations, turquoise-blue flats, and fish that you know make reels sing and forearms burn is just the ticket to make any day, a better day. So, take the time to dream a little bit while Pat Ford takes us on a journey to Bimini, Florida. (click on the images to make them bigger and daydream worthy).

Lately people have asked about my favorite location to catch bonefish and permit. It takes a bit of thinking, but if I had to pick just one spot it would be Bimini.

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The Rod-breakin’ Blues – By Joe Mahler

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At one time or another in every fly fisher’s life he will find himself quietly looking down at a broken rod. That sinking feeling. Maybe it was a favorite, or maybe it’s the night before a bonefish trip. There are many ways to break a rod and, over the years, I have been guilty of more than my share. Sometimes the fault lies in the rod, but more likely it is operator error.
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Planet Permit, By Geoff Mueller


If Planet Permit were looking for a new capital to spike its flag, Placencia, Belize would be a frontrunner. Located in the heart of Central America’s flats fishing la zona, it’s an area frequented by fish—tarpon, bones, snook, and permit—but one still mostly untapped compared to more frequented offerings running north and up through Ascension Bay.
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Brown Trout - Sage Fly Fish - Coastal Nymphing

In the fall and winter, it’s fairly common to catch double digit numbers of trout in a day, many of which are the brawniest yo’ll catch all year. On a river outing this winter, I landed several trout in rapid succession. One of those was a hard fighting 23 incher which was immediately eclipsed by a 25 incher only a couple casts later (above). All these fish were taken nymphing.

Go Deep

The biggest key in indicator nymphing is getting your fly near bottom. In order to get your fly near bottom, you need to get the indicator upstream of the fly. As a stream’s fastest water is at the surface and its slowest water is near bottom, the indicator will travel faster than the fly. If the indicator starts upstream of the fly it’ll eventually catch up. At that point, the fly will achieve its greatest possible depth.

Tuck Cast

I prefer to nymph my way upstream. This limits the chances of spooking your quarry as you’re in the fish’s blind spot. My favorite cast for nymphing is the tuck cast. In my version, I overpower the cast while aiming a little higher than normal. Additionally, as soon as I snap my wrist on the forward stroke I simultaneously raise the rod and release a few feet of slack line from my line hand. Raising the tip causes the fly to tuck downward while the release of slack line allows the indicator to drift upstream before falling to the water’s surface. The result: the indicator lands upstream of the fly and the fly plummets.

Two Part Drift

As the indicator drifts downstream, it’ll eventually pass the fly and begin pulling the fly toward the surface. To extend your drift, aggressively mend your line when the indicator is near you. Don’t worry about a drag free drift here. You actually want to noticeably lift the indicator upstream of the fly. After the mend, you can feed out line for a second part to the drift. This lets you fish more water and it readies you for your next cast without needing to false cast to extend your line. By also fishing the water below you, your fly will be fishing for a greater portion of your fishing day.

The Coast’s Greatest Nymph

In salmon country, the table is set for some extreme egg feasting every fall. Although eggs are clearly not nymphs, the fishing method is identical and the availability of eggs is as prevalent as any hatch going–trout absolutely gorge themselves for months. Sea run cutthroat will arrive early from the ocean and drop weight for weeks while they wait for the annual pig out. Resident browns and rainbows will also slender out after a summer of slim pickin’s. However, it only takes a few weeks for them to go from slender to distended. Learn to nymph an egg well and you’ll be able to feel the weight of plenty of those distended bellied trout very soon.

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