Pro Tip: The ONE Thing You Can Do to Become a Better Fly Fisherman in the New Year

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


You don't have to cast as well as the late, great instructor Bill Cairns. . . but it sure wouldn't hurt.

A year has ended and a new one begins. Like most people, I look back and reflect on what the previous year has taught me or what insights I might have gleaned from all my time guiding. I . . .

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Fish Facts: Sculpins (genus Cottus)


Prickly sculpin (Cottus asper) demonstrates the classic sculpin shape: big head, wide fins, tapering body.
Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Ever since Don Gapen tied the first Muddler Minnow in 1936, fly fishers have recognized that freshwater sculpins (genus Cottus) can be important forage fish for trout, and there are now . . .

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Photo of the Day: A Face Any Angler Could Love


Fresh from the sea, even a relatively small Atlantic salmon gives an angler all he can handle.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Here's another cool shot from my week at the Norwegian Flyfisher’s Club, on Norway's Gaula River two summers ago. (Check out the full story of my Norway adventure here.) Angler John . . .

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Classic Video: How to Tie “Tuft and Tail” Emerger Patterns

This week's video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions isn't really about a single fly pattern, but about a style of fly that he calls "tuft and tail." These are mostly simple . . .

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