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Top 10 Fly Fishing Rod Manufacturers
A look at the best fly rods and fly fishing manufacturers as listed by the IGFA World Record Book. The top fly fishing rod makers include Sage, G Loomis, Thomas and Thomas, Orvis, Redington, Albright, Winston, Cabelas, Temple Fork, Bass Pro Shops and Shakespeare.
Which 10 Companies Make the Best Fly Reels?
Best Fly Reels - Top 10 fly reel makers as listed by the IGFA World Record Book.
How to Get Started Fly Fishing
How to fly fish. A general introduction to fly fishing, popular species and necessary gear.
Why Are Sage Fly Fishing Rods So Great?
A closer look at Sage Fly Fishing Rods, known as one of the best fly rod makers in the world, used to set 75 world records in 2007 alone.
Staten Islander Shatters Own IGFA Striper Record
Joan Sharrott of New York boated a 39-pound striper, a likely women's IGFA record for 20-pound tippet
Top 10 Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the Top 10 flies for fly fishing, as voted on by About readers.
Best Fly Fishing in Idaho
A look at the best Fly Fishing destinations in Idaho, from the north to the heart of Idaho on into the eastern Idaho border.
12 of the Best Fly Fishing Spots in the Western...
A collection of some of my favorites in the Western U.S., where I’ve fly fished the most over the years. I've included fisheries from Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and California.
The Best Fly Fishing Spots in California
A look at the best fly fishing spots in California for saltwater and freshwater anglers.
Try These Nymphs on Opening Day
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.
Where to Catch Golden Trout
A look at some of the best destinations to catch golden trout.
Best Fishing Kayak - Ocean Kayak Prowler 15...
Product review of Trident Ocean Kayak Prowler 15 Angler Edition, one of the first sit-on-top kayaks made specifically for fishermen.
A Fly Fisherman's Guide to Catching Striped Bass
A profile of the striped bass, also known as a striper, a freshwater and saltwater species that can be found from coast to coast.
Five Tips for Buying Your First Fishing Boat
A list of the top five tips for buying your first fishing boat.
Review: Klamath Utility V Bottom Aluminum Boats
A review at what makes the aluminum Klamath Utility V Bottom Boat one of my favorite fishing boats of all time.
Best Fly Rods - G. Loomis Fishing Rods
G. Loomis creates some of the top fly rods for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing.
Who Makes the Best Fly Rods? Here's a Look at...
A look at the top fly rod makers in the sport of fly fishing, including rod building by Sage, G Loomis, Thomas and Thomas, Orvis
Traveling with Fly Rods on Airplanes
Some tips on traveling with fly rods and reels on airplanes.
Coleman Sunrise Point 8-Person Tent Review
A first hand product review and test of the Coleman Sunrise Point 8-Person Tent for family fishermen and outdoorsman.
When and Where is the Best Steelhead Fishing?
A look at the best times and places to fly fish for steelhead
Best Fishing Movies of All Time
A look at the Top 5 best fishing movies of all time - Moby Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, The Perfect Storm and others.
Fly Fishing in the Rain, and How to Prepare for...
Some tips on how to be successful fly fishing in the rain.
All About the Rainbow Trout
Everything you need to know about the rainbow trout, the most popular species for fly fishermen.
Product Review: White River Float Tube
Product review of White River's round and open-front float tubes for fly fishing.
Best Fishing in California
Wondering where the best fishing in California is? Look no further than our 2012 guide to the best fishing destinations in California.
Five Keys to Catching Steelhead Trout
Some tips to keep in mind next time you're fly fishing for steelhead trout.
Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.
Cheap Fly Rods and Reels
A look at some cheap fly rods and reels and where to pick up inexpensive combos that are going to hold up.
Finding a Trout's Feeding Zone
Everything you need to know about the four different feeding zones in a typical trout stream.
Fly Fishing Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.
What Fly Rod Sizes to Use
A breakdown of what size fly rod sizes are best for the different fisheries most anglers fly fish.
Product Review: Hobbs Creek Fly Reel
A look at the Hobbs Creek Fly Reel, models HCI, HCII, and HCII, available through the White River Fly Shop and www.basspro.com.
What Flies to Use to Catch a ...
A breakdown of the best flies to catch sea trout, rainbow trout, steelhead, cutthroat trout and arctic char.
Fly Fishing in Washington, Seattle and the...
Get to know fly fishing in Washington and Seattle's Puget Sound with Part 1 of our Q&A with Washington Fly Fishing Guide Ryan Smith of Arch Anglers.
Best Fly Rods - Orvis Fishing Rods
Orvis has created some of the top fly rods, such as the Helio, along with other Essential outdoors gear,
Top 10 Fly Tippets - Best Fly Tippet Makers
A look at the top 10 fly tippet makers as listed by the IGFA World Record Book.
Fishing From a Float Tube
Everything you need to know about fly fishing from a float tube.
Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.
The Summertime Blues: Hot-Season Trout Fishing
Hot weather is tough on trout fishing, but there are places to find cool water and frisky fish.
Fly Rod Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’...
Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’ new BVK fly rod, launched in 2012.
Best Bass Lakes in Texas, According to State...
A look at the best bass lakes in Texas, according to state report following electrofishing in the fall of 2012.
River Fly Fishing Tips
River fly fishing tips, including the different species that inhabit our favorite rivers and the best way to locate them next time you're on the water.
A Gold Rush Town with Gold Medal Trout Streams
Fairplay, Colorado is an out-of-the-way destination near great fly-fishing.
How to Catch Surfperch
Fall and winter can be an ideal time for finding surfperch.
Top Fly Rods -- Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
A review of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods.
How to Tie an Albright Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly line or join different diameters of monofilament.
Fishing the California Aqueduct for Striped Bass
Believe it or not, you can fish the California Aqueduct in the heart of the valley.
Fly Fishing at Merced River - How to Fish...
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing in and around Yosemite on the Merced River.
Use Streamer Flies to Catch Bigger Fish
Five classic streamer flies that catch big fish
How to Cast a Fly - Keys to Fly Casting
How to Cast a Fly - Some concepts to keep in mind next time you're practicing your fly casting technique.
Best Fly Fishing in Colorado
A look at some of the best Fly Fishing destinations in Colorado and the Rockies, including the always popular Colorado River.
October Fly Fishing Tips: Go Big or Go Small
In many trout fishing locations around the country, October represents the last opportunity to target active trout before winter sets in. Late season fishing often produces some of the best opportunities of the year to hook up on some monster trout.
About the Spotted Bass - How to Catch a Spotted...
A profiled of the spotted bass, a southern species that can be a fun substitute for bass on ponds, lakes and rivers in the South.
A Great Fly for Winter Trout Fishing
A variant of Lance Egan's Frenchie nymph
Best Float Tubes: Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube...
Best float tube review: Breaking down my favorite float tube, the Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube.
EPA: Unchecked Climate Change Could Wipe Out...
Climate change threatens most of the trout habitat in the United States, but taking action on greenhouse gas emissions could preserve 81 percent of cold water streams by the end of the century, according to the EPA
Fly fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.
Five Truths about Montana’s Salmonfly Hatch
Montana’s salmonfly hatch fuels great fishing, and even greater stories. Here's the truth about the state's great salmonfly hatch.
Fly Fishing the White River in Eureka Springs,...
Fly fishing for the White River in neighboring waters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
What Size Fly Rod Should I Use?
If you’re buying a first fly rod, don’t buy a rod that’s going to work for just your inaugural fly fishing trip, but for the waters you envision yourself fishing time and time again. You can always get away with fishing lighter gear on larger waters, but it’s tough to fish oversized gear on smaller waters if that makes sense.
Steelhead Fishing in Central California
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur, Carmel and San Lorenzo rivers.
Fly Fishing in Forks, Washington, and the...
Tips for fly fishing for steelhead in the Hoh, Sol Duc and Bogachiel rivers near Forks, Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula.
Fly Rod Basics
Fly rod basics, brands of fly rods, what kind of fly rod to buy, fly rod costs
Santa Ynez River Fly Fishing
The Santa Ynez River offers trout and smallmouth bass fishing along California's Central Coast.
Best Fly Fishing in Montana
Everyone knows Montana offers some of the best fishing in the world, but where’s the best fly fishing in Missoula? Here are some of our favorites.
All About the Golden Trout
Everything you need to know about the golden trout, native to the Kern River watershed in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
Fly Fishing Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma,...
Fly fishing tips for Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
Best Fly Fishing in Nevada
Las Vegas isn’t exactly a hot spot for fly fishing. Yeah, there are some bass fishing opportunities at Lake Mead or some of the other nearby lakes, but you have to head north or west to the California state line to get in some fly fishing in Nevada.
Tips for Catching Huge Montana Brown Trout in...
Montana fly fishing guide offers up tips on catching whopper brown trout in the fall.
Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's...
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.
Water Proof Camera Review: GoPro Hero...
Water Proof Camera Review of the GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Camera for Fly Fisherman.
A New Zealand Favorite is Simple and Effective
The Hare and Copper is a simple and effective trout fly
Fly Fishing Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Redington Crosswater Fly Rod and Reel Review
Review of the Redington Crosswater fly rod and reel combo, which is the best fly rod and reel for beginners.
Fly Fishing for Mountain Whitefish
Mountain whitefish are a unique species for fly fishermen to pursue in Western North America coldwater streams and rivers.
Redington Fly Rods - Fly Rods in the Pacific...
Redington has created fly rods and reals in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest since 1992.
Lefty Kreh No Longer Thinks Tenkara's a Fad
Lefty Kreh no longer thinks tenkara fly-fishing is a fad.
Where to Fly Fish in Southwest Colorado
A look at some of top fly fishing destinations in Southwest Colorado.
Fish Streamers for Bigger Fish
No longer 'Plan B,' streamers ride a wave of popularity
Fly Tying That Empowers the Developing World
Fair Flies, a new company based in Oregon, makes a point of providing good pay and working conditions to its employees in Kenya.
Fly Fishing for Monster Trout
Tips on fly fishing and catching monster trout from a Montana guide who knows how to catch the big ones.
5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants Review
A review of 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants, the perfect hybrid pant for the field -- at work and in the outdoors.
A Must-Have Accessory
A landing net keeps fish from getting hurt -- or getting away
Store Review: Bass Pro Shops
Review of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
U.S. Gets Seat on FIPS Board
Paul Bourcq is the first American named to the group that sets rules for fly-fishing competition
The Basics of Fly Reels
Fly reel types, sizes and prices and what kinds of fish they are used for
Fishing for Snakeheads: Fly Fishing Guide...
Fly fishing guide Rob Snowhite talks about catching a 34-inch snakehead on a fly and how to fly fish for snakehead.
The Chest Pack/Vest Generation Gap
Chest packs have become popular with younger anglers
Troubling News on Striped Bass
Stripers Forever's annual survey finds avid striped bass anglers catching fewer and smaller fish.
Product Review: Omega Amphibian Navigator Float...
Product review of Omega Aquatics Amphibian Navigator Float Tube and Pontoon Boat Fins.
Hated by Traditionalists, Loved by Trout
The Squirmito is a simple and highly effective worm-style fly.
Bighorn River Fly Fishing
The Treasure State is blessed with a number of trout treasures, but Montana might not have a more beautiful or productive trout resource than the Bighorn River.
World's Top Fly Anglers Vie for Gold
The 2015 World Fly Fishing Championship will take place June 18-20.
Fly Fishing the South Fork Snake River in...
Guide tips for fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River in Irwin, Idaho.
Salinas River Fly Fishing
A look at steelhead and trout fishing on the Salinas River in California.
Fly Fishing San Luis Obispo – Part 1
Our fly fishing San Luis Obispo series looks at lake, ocean and river fishing in SLO County and neighboring Monterey and Santa Barbara.
Fly-Fishing: 'Stunningly Positive' for Breast...
Casting for Recovery uses fly-fishing as therapy for breast cancer survivors
How to Tell if Trout are Feeding
How can you tell when the trout are feeding? To tell when a trout is feeding, you have to keep a keen eye on the water you’re fishing, looking for a rise, boil or ripple, any sign that a trout below is making its move.
Types of Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the different types of flies for fly fishing.
Web Resources for Anglers on a Budget
A running list of the top Web resources for anglers on a budget.
Best Fly Fishing Websites
A look at some of the best fly fishing websites on the web.
Fly Fishing Whale Rock Reservoir
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Whale Rock Reservoir, in Cayucos, Calif., for steelhead trout.
Nymph Fly Fishing Tips
Have trouble casting a nymph while fly fishing? Here's a look at the best ways to cast while nymph fishing.
Spey Fishing: Here's What You Need to Know
Spey casting allows long casts with little effort, even when there's no room for a back cast
Fly fishing for steelhead on the Big Sur River
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur River.
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Where to Find Trout in the Dog Days of Summer
Tailwater rivers and spring creeks are good places to fish for trout in the summer.
What to Look for in a Fishing Kayak
Some tips on what to look for in a fishing kayak
South Fork Snake River Fly Fishing
The South Fork of the Snake River slithers its way for some 60-plus miles through Southeast Idaho where it provides some of the best tail-water fly fishing in the region.
Fly Fishing Clearwater River in Idaho - Where...
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Clearwater River in Idaho for steelhead trout.
World Record Alligator Gar? Fly Fishing for...
Most alligator gar world records have come from the South, Thailand, where fly fishing for alligator gar has become a popular sport.
Fly Fishing for Carp - How to Fly Fish for Carp
Have you ever wanted to fly fish for carp, but didn’t know where to start? We ask Carolina Bone Fishing guide Captain Paul Rose.
All About the Brown Trout
Everything you need to know about the brown trout.
How to Tie a Perfection Loop
A popular loop-to-loop connection knot for leaders.
Fly Fishing for Halibut
Everything you need to know about fly fishing for halibut.
Fly Fishing for Shad
Fly fishing for the American shad isn't on the top of the list for a lot of fly fishers, but if you're on a river during a run it's definitely worth giving these often overlooked fish a shot.
Piru Creek Fly Fishing
A look at fly fishing on Piru Creek, which is located in Southern California.
Product Review: Scientific Anglers Reconnect...
Product review of Scientific Anglers' new leader system, which uses a plastic connect to attach the leader to the fly line without the use of difficult knots.
Fancy flies are for shadow boxes. Simple flies...
Simple flies are effective for catching trout and other fish
Wheel & Reel: Mountain Biking to Remote Fishing...
Tips on using a mountain bike to reach your favorite fishing spots.
Possible World Record Steelhead Caught in...
A Possible World Record Steelhead was Caught in Washington in February 2009 by Peter Harrison on the Hoh River.
Fishing Kings River in California’s...
Fly fishing tips for fishing the Kings River in California's Sierra Nevada.
Popular Fly Fishing Knots: Perfection Loop,...
A look at some of the best knots for fly fishing, including the Arbor Knot, Albright Knot, Nail Knot and Perfection Loop.
Favorite Fly Fishing Destinations
A look at fly fishing writer Brian Milne's favorite fly fishing destinations.
What to Look for in a Fishing Guide
Some tips on what to look for when hiring a fishing guide.
Streamer Fishing for Bass
Even when there are baitfish everywhere, consider using streamers when fly fishing for bass.
Surf Fishing in California
A look at some top spots for surf fishing in California.
Basics: The Fly Line
The basics of fly lines. Fly Fishing.
Fly Fishing in Panama
A look at some of the best fly fishing destinations in Panama.
Preventing the Spread of Quagga Mussel
A look at the invasive species recently found in California.
Jim Murphy's New Venture to Join High-End,...
Douglas Outdoors will sell high-end American-made fly rods, along with mid-priced models
Gierach on Writing, Fishing, Weed and More
John Gierach talks about writers and writing, Labrador brook trout, Colorado cutthroats and getting sober.
Fly Fishing for Redfish
Tips for fly fishing for redfish, or red drum, along with where to catch them.
Fly Fishing Hat Creek in Northern California
Tips for fly fishing Hat Creek in Northern California.
At long last, American Anglers Win a Medal
Fly Fishing Team USA took the silver at the 2015 World Fly Fishing Championship in Bosnia-Herzegovina June 20.
The Drift, the Rise, the Take: Surface Fishing...
Dry-fly fishing for trout provides some of the most exciting action of the season.
Choosing the Right Fly for Surface Action
An overview of basic dry fly styles
Best Fly Lines for Fly Fishing
A look at some of the most popular fly lines, the amount of taper, and when and where they should be used on the water.
First World Championship Medal for Fly Fishing...
Fly Fishing Team USA won the silver medal at the World Fly Fishing Championship in Jajce, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Fly Fishing Wader Basics
The basics of chest waders, boot foot waders, stocking foot waders, wading boots and hip boots
Getting Started in Fly Fishing
A summary of the basic equipment required for fly fishing.
Owens River fly fishing
California’s Owens River is really a tale of three rivers, created by the trifecta of very unique sections -- the Upper, Middle and Lower Owens.
Five Years of Fixed-Line Fly-Fishing
Tenkara fly-fishing uses no reel, only telescoping rod, line and fly.
Fly Fishing Owens River Valley, Bishop Creek Area
A look at fly fishing Owens River Valley and the Bishop Creek Area.
Is No-Kill Fishing a Mean Thing to Do?
Animal rights groups contend catch and release fishing is cruel.
The 'Rubber Hatch' Riles Anglers
Tubing on trout streams is becoming more popular, but causing conflict with fly-fishers.
Where is Your Favorite Place to Fly Fish?
Where is Your Favorite Place to Fly Fish?
How to Stay on Your Feet in a Trout Stream
10 Tips for Safe Wading. Fly Fishing.
Why's It Called Fly Fishing?
The kinds of flies used in fly fishing
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