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4 Best Eel Lures for Targeting Striped Bass

I’ve talked about flys for striped bass before. As an avid fly fisherman, I love to catch them on the fly when possible, but it’s also lots of fun catching bass on lures. Actually given their fondness for deep water and strong currents, it’s sometimes the only way to get to them. Striped bass prey on pretty much anything they come across that will fit in their mouth, although they do seem to…
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Nice Brook Trout Caught Skating Caddis Fly Pattern

This past weekend I got some decent footage of a nice sized brook trout (The one pictured above) taking a size 10 Goddard Caddis I was skating. While I catch less trout skating a dry fly than on a dead drift, the trout I do catch tend to be larger, more aggressive, and fight harder than those that take a dead drifted fly. You can see the video below, and the…
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Tinsel Baitfish Fly

  I typically spin cast for mackerel, but there are actually many wharves around here where the mackerel come in range of a fly rod. Unfortunately there are only a few locations with room enough to cast a fly comfortably. When fishing these spots, it’s a blast to target mackerel on a fly, and this is my go to fly for mackerel. The fly is quite heavy, so it will get down…
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Black Mohair Leech Fly

The black Mohair leech is my go to streamer pattern for sea run brook trout and Steelhead. It’s a well known pattern, with many tying tutorials around the web. Pictured above is my variation on the mohair leech. I make a few additions in the tying process that really help improve durability as I feel that when tied traditionally, this fly tends to fall apart quite quickly. Olive and white work well…
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Dip Net Fishing For Smelts

Every spring our rivers get overrun with rainbow smelt making their way up river to spawn. There is a dip net fishery for smelt that opens 15 days before the trout fishing season opens. It’s an excellent excuse to get out on the river and scout it out, all the while enjoying in the bounty of smelts. In the video below I’m using waders and wade out into the middle of the…
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13 Great Striped Bass Flies.

Looking for some new striped bass flies to fill your fly box? Many striped bass anglers have clousers, deceivers, flatwings, Tarbory snake flies, or some variation of these flies in their fly box. I’ve put together a collection of some striped bass patterns that will hopefully vary from the usual suggestions. Hopefully you discover a new pattern on this list to help you with your striped bass fly fishing. Baltic Candy The…
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Tying a Black Flying Ant Fly (Pismire)

I remember as a kid seeing hundreds of flying ants at certain times in the summer. My grandmother called them pismires, which I thought was hilarious as a little kid (piss-mires). Fast forward twenty years and I suddenly find myself thinking about these pismires again, this time as a potential forage food for trout. There are two kinds of flying ants in my area that I’ve noticed on the river,…
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Reviving Old Fishing Lures

We all have some old lures in our tackle box that were either acquired second hand, were put away wet, or are just very old. These fishing lures are often bent, rusted, dull, and dirty. Some people might throw them away but it’s important to remember that fish really don’t care if a lure looks brand new, and you can often revive an old lure to be suitable for catching fish again. Cleaning…
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Simple Seal Fur Shrimp Pattern

Shrimp are great because pretty much every fish that swims wants to eat them. This makes shrimp flies a good choice for multi species angling in salt water. There are also some types of fish that have a strong preference for shrimp, In Atlantic Canada these include sea run trout (either steelhead or brookies) and winter flounder, making saltwater shrimp flies a great choice for targeting these fish species. I’ll show you…
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Dragons and Damsels: 10 Great Dry Fly Patterns

Fly anglers are well aware of the importance of dragonfly and damselfly nymphs, but often neglect the airborne adults version of these insects. The adult forms of damsel and dragonflies are strong fliers, and are rarely available to trout or bass since they don’t fall in the water all that often. That being said, they do fall in the water on occasion. A trout that has been sipping on mayflies all…
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