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By Eric Booton Frustration is exhaled from behind my fully zipped collar, and the cloud of vapor fills the drawn hood of my wading jacket, fogging my lenses, furthering the frustration. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews of this impressively clear and painfully cold spring creek. With an [ READ MORE... ]
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Editor's note: The following is exerpted from TU's book, "Trout Tips," available online for overnight delivery.  With my clients, I find that many of them lose touch with their fly line following their cast. I emphasize holding on to their line throughout the cast with their line hand, and then [ READ MORE... ]
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It's still a bit blustery here in the West. The only thing predictable about the weather is that it will be perfectly unpredictable. Yesterday in Idaho Falls, we endured an early spring snow squall followed by a quick downpour of rain and then enjoyed sunny skies the rest of the day. But we had to [ READ MORE... ]
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Here in the West, early spring is pretty tough to differentiate from late winter—many of our fabled trout streams will still be lined with snow for weeks to come. And that means, despite some warmer temperatures that will keep the ice out of our fly-rod guides, winter fishing is still the name the [ READ MORE... ]
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Many—if not most—mondern nymph patterns use beads in their tying recipes, either for added weight to get a fly down or for aesthetics. Some flies use beads to imitate little air bubbles used by emerging bugs, and some flies use colored beads to imitate various subsurface food sources, like fish [ READ MORE... ]
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Who says fly tiers can't just throw something together at the vise and come away with a winning pattern whenever they feel like it.  Not me. And not Tim Flagler, who clearly had some time on his hands and a boxful of Tim Egan nymphs nearby for inspiration.  Tungsten Rainbow Dart [ READ MORE... ]
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I've become a big fan of UV-cure resins in my fly tying—I would suspect that a good 75 percent of the streamers I tie incorporate the glossy, hard finish offered by these products.  Glossy vs Penetrating Finish Video of Glossy vs Penetrating Finish But, as Tim [ READ MORE... ]
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Using dubbing to make corded flies creates both durable and fishable nymph patterns for various underwater insect imitations. Below, Tim Flagler ties his Corded Cased Caddis, but, as he notes, it could also be used to imitate a mayfly nymph.  Corded Cased Caddis Video of [ READ MORE... ]
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Measuring hackle for dry flies can be a little tricky with the naked eye—even labeled hackles from the fly shop can be off a bit, and some of the feathers invariably come in bigger or smaller than the label suggests. Measuring Hackle Video of Measuring Hackle [ READ MORE... ]
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Editor's note: The following is exerpted from TU's book, "Trout Tips," available online for overnight delivery. Have you ever made an impulse purchase that you later regretted? Then you have some insight into the mind of the fish who eats a streamer. Like a bargain shopper, fish don't like to miss [ READ MORE... ]
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