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Fly Tying and Knots

A look at how to tie flies and the key fly fishing knots.

Woven Flies: Great for Fly Fishing for Bass, or Pesky Trout
Woven flies are great for fly fishing for trout, crappies, largemouth and smallmouth bass, even stripers if the conditions are right.

Green Flies for Fly Fishing
While olive green is one of the most popular colors used in in fly patterns, just think the Blue Winged Olive, I don't find myself using many traditionally green flies. But since we live in a green society, I figured we should take a look at some of the wacky green flies we get a kick out of.

What are Your Favorite Summer Flies to Fish With?
A look at some popular flies to fish with in the summer months.

What are Your Favorite Summer Flies?
A look at some popular flies to fish with in the summer months.

Popular Fly Fishing Knots: Perfection Loop, Arbor, Albright and Nail Knots
A look at some of the best knots for fly fishing, including the Arbor Knot, Albright Knot, Nail Knot and Perfection Loop.

Favorite Fly Shops - Grizzly Hackle Fly Fishing
A helpful fly shop could help turn a good fly fishing trip into an amazing one.

A couple fly fishing pointers here, a few go-to patterns there, and before you know it, a helpful shop could have you fishing like the resident pro.

Here's one entry in a series on my favorite fly fishing shops.

If you're ever in their neck of the woods, be sure to check 'em out.

Favorite Fly Shops - Grizzly Hackle Fly Fishing
A helpful fly shop could help turn a good fly fishing trip into an amazing one.

A couple fly fishing pointers here, a few go-to patterns there, and before you know it, a helpful shop could have you fishing like the resident pro.

Here's one entry in a series on my favorite fly fishing shops.

If you're ever in their neck of the woods, be sure to check 'em out.

Cast a Fly - How to Cast a Fly
A helpful fly shop could help turn a good fly fishing trip into an amazing one.

A couple fly fishing pointers here, a few go-to patterns there, and before you know it, a helpful shop could have you fishing like the resident pro.

Here’s one entry in a series on my favorite fly fishing shops. If you’re ever in their neck of the woods, be sure to check ’em out.

Buying Flies Online
Good sites for purchasing flies online.

How to Tie a Perfection Loop
The perfection loop is typically used to create a loop at the butt end of the leader, which makes for quick and easy loop-to-loop connections. Use it with the nail knot and you’ll have a permanent end loop that makes for quick line changes.

How to Tie a Nail Knot
The nail knot is typically used to tie the fly line to the leader using a nail, needle or a tube. I like to use a cut-off straw if I can't find any of the above items. This is a useful knot when combined with the perfection loop to create a permanent end loop that allows for quick and easy leader changes.

How to Tie an Albright Knot
The albright knot is typically used to tie the backing/line to the fly line. It is also popular with saltwater anglers wishing to join different diameters of monofilament, such as 50-pound test and a 15-pound tippet.

How to Tie an Arbor Knot - Tying Backing to the Reel
The arbor knot is used to tie the backing/line to the reel, or arbor.

How to Tie the Muddler Minnow
A quick look at how to tie one of the most versatile flies in your box.

Orvis Vest Pocket Guide to Leaders, Knots, and Tippets
A detailed field guide to leader construction, fly fishing knots, tippets and more that fits in your pocket.

High Country Flies Knot Series
High Country Flies tackle shop in Jackson Hole provides some easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams for tying the blood, clinch and double surgeon knots along with the perfection loop and loop-to-loop connection.

Fly Fishing Connection
An illustrated guide to some of the more common fishing knots.

Orvis Fly Fishing Knot Series
An animated fly fishing knot series courtesy Orvis Sporting Traditions.

Fly Fishing a Dropper Rig
Fly fishing with a dropper rig gives anglers a shot at surface and subsurface strikes.

Saltwater Attractor Fly Patterns for Salmon and Steelhead
A look at some of the best saltwater attractor fly patterns for salmon and steelhead.

Types of Flies
A look at the different types of flies for fly fishing.


Books and starter kits for people new to fly tying.

A Great Fly for Winter Fishing
A variant of Lance Egan's Frenchie nymph

Five Nymphs for Early Spring Fly Fishing
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.

Review: 'Kiss the Water'
The Untold Story of a Gifted Fly-Tier

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