Pro Tips: Chuck Hawkins’s Top 10 Michigan Flies

Written by: Chuck Hawkins, Hawkins Outfitters


Chuck Hawkins loves the variety of fishing opportunities in his native Michigan.
Photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

Kirk Deeter, writer for the Field and Stream blog, once said that he believes that Michigan is the top fly-fishing state in the union. One of the main reasons he believes this is that tremendous diversity of. . .

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“Embrace the Worm!”


John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters samples a Skwala. He claims they are very tasty.
Photo by Tom Rosenbauer

“Embrace the worm” is what my friend John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters in Missoula always tells me. Every year, when we have our Orvis Guide Rendezvous and Down the Hatch. . .

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Tuesday Tips: Top 10 (+1) Flies for the South Fork Snake River

Written by: Jaason Pruett, The Lodge at Palisades Creek


Matt McDonald (left) caught this 29-inch monster on a Sex Dungeon streamer, with the author.
Photos courtesy The Lodge at Palisades Creek

The South Fork of the Snake is an extremely productive fishery, offering native Snake River cutthroats, rainbows, cutt-bows, and browns. We often catch fish over 20 inches, but most. . .

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How a Fly Pattern Makes It Into the Orvis Catalog

Brillon doesn't judge flies by their looks; he wants to know how they perform on the water. Photo courtesy Shawn Brillon
“Here, I’ve got something to show you,” says Shawn Brillon, the man who chooses which new fly patterns will make it into the Orvis collection. “Wait until you see my most recent submission.”

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Top 10 Subsurface Flies for Smallmouth Bass

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips

Kip Vieth chases smallmouths as much as he can in Minnesota. Photo courtesy Kip Vieth
Nothing beats catching a smallmouth bass on a topwater presentation. (See my "Top 10 Topwater Flies for Smallmouth Bass" from April.) If you have been a smallmouth angler for any length. . .

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Top 10 Dry Flies for June on the Madison River

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Guide Mike Elliott, who works for the author, releases a stunning Madison brown trout.
Photo by Tom Evenson
June in Montana is a special time—not quite summer yet, but not spring. It’s sort of an in-between time, when you can expect snow one day and 70 and sunny the next. An epic battle between. . .

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