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From fish more to fish hard. Fifty fly fishing tips that go a little deeper than a Fly Fishing 101 course.


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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #34 — Outside the Box

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March 18, 2018
Good things happen by thinking outside the box. Norms are for normal people, and in the strange world of fishing, there aren’t many of those. At some point, every type of fly has been used against its intended purpose, because fly fishers are a creative bunch -- not so normal, really -- and the penchant for experimentation is urged on by the trout themselves. Everything works sometimes.

So here’s a list of flies and techniques that do double (or triple) duty.

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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #33 — Fish the Edge

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March 11, 2018

I walked against the current for most of the evening, working a mid-river seam with a pair of nymphs, stepping slowly upstream after a…

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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #32 — Fly fishing is not complicated . . . seriously

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March 4, 2018
Fly fishing seems complicated. And that creates an artificial barrier to both new anglers and the casual fly fisher who just wants to get a little better at something. “Where do I start?” They ask. “Fly fishing is so complex.” No it’s not. It certainly doesn’t have to be.
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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #31 — Fish Two Flies — Why, When, How

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February 25, 2018

Two flies don’t tangle much. Yes, I know the skeptic immediately thinks about a maze of twisted tippet. And we all fear the site…

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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #30 — The best-laid plans of fishers and men often go awry

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February 18, 2018

One of the particular joys of fishing is the preparation, the planning, thinking and dreaming of what may come on the next trip to…

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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #29 — Read Trout Water

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February 11, 2018

Gravity pulls it downstream. All of it. Every drop of water merging into a river, whether fallen directly from the clouds into a small…

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Fifty Tips Fly Casting

Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #28 — Ten and Two

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February 4, 2018

I’ll admit it. I came to the fly rod by way of Brad Pitt. When I heard Robert Redford’s overwhelming and compelling voice-over, it…

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Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #27– The First Cast Curse

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January 28, 2018

How many times have you waded into position, settled your boots into the shifting gravel bed, taken a deep breath, and caught a trout…

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