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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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9 Great Popper Flies

Popper flies are one of the most fun ways of catching fish. Panfish, bass, trout and an amazing variety of saltwater species will all take a poppers in the right conditions. Poppers can range from very tiny bluegill poppers, to very large poppers for targeting striped bass, tarpon, and even sharks. I’ve gathered a collection of some of my favourite poppers from other fly tyers and lure makers around the web. I’m not…
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World Record Gamefish Comparison: Trout, Salmon, and Bass

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This is a infographic I made depicting the size difference between world record catches of some popular game fish. It’s nice to be able to visualize the difference in size by seeing them side by side. I realize there’s lots of fish missing from this comparison like Lake trout, Pike among many others. I may do another comparison in the future with the species I’ve missed. When your looking at this…
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6 Great Ways to Discover New Fishing Spots

Whether you’re an angler that has just moved to a new area, a newbie angler with no idea where to start, or a veteran of the area that has grown bored of your usual spots, we have all at one time or another wondered how to find a new fishing spot. The list below mentions some of the best ways to discover new fishing holes, as well as fishing techniques used…
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Fly Tying on a budget: Cheap Sources for Materials

I’m sure many of use have said at some point “I’ll tie my own flys! It’ll be much cheaper than buying them”. O how wrong we where. You would have to tie many, many flies In order fly tying to be cheaper than actually buying your flys, since you get so many flies out of so little material. Speciality fly shops are also notoriously expensive. There are some fly tying materials that…
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Off shore Fish Farms: Solution to Sea Lice Problem?

I recently came across a video detailing a really interesting new concept for fish farms. I’ve linked to the video below, and it will explain the concept much better than I do, but the basic idea is that the farms take on the shape of large spheres, and are placed far off shore in deep water. While there’s a large list of benefits to fish farmers, the fact that the farms…
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Out of the box “fly tying”

Sometimes when I’m at the tying bench, I get an itch to try something new. I discovered a how-to video that describes how to make a shrimp out of a straw. The end result looks very good! The only question is will it fish well?   The hardest part was getting the hook inside the shrimp positioned correctly, I had to re-seat it a few times. Getting the antena to…
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Easy to make, cheap, DIY Fly Box

If you’re anything like me, you have an extensive collection of flies. Buying enough fly boxes to store all the purchased / tied flies you’ve accumulated over the years can get expensive fast. I’ve been making my own, very simple to make, very cheap fly boxes for a few years. They’re a good size and hold many flies. They may not have the professional look of commercially purchased boxes, but…
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5 Best Terrestrial Flies

Terrestrials don’t always get the love they deserve. It’s true that caddisflies and mayflies are very important prey species for trout, and are often the right way to go with fly selection. What if there are no “hatches” happening the day you’re out though? Many terrestrials are active all year (except winter) and are on a trout’s menu for much of the year as well. There are actually some types of…
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How to Set Up a Trout Rig: A Beginners Guide.

If you have never fished before, researching different fishing techniques online can make the hobby seem complicated. Sure there are plenty of more advanced fishing techniques, but a beginner can learn how to fish for trout easily. At the root of the hobby, all fishing really is, is tricking a fish into biting a hook in one way or another. In my area, Brook Trout (or brookies) are the most…
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