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Fly Fishing: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
Introduction to Fly Fishing: a How to Guide
How to fly fish. A general introduction to fly fishing, popular species and necessary gear.
Best Fly Rods - Sage Fly Fishing Rods
A closer look at Sage Fly Fishing Rods, known as one of the best fly rod makers in the world.
Top 10 Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the Top 10 flies for fly fishing, as voted on by About readers.
Five Keys to Catching Steelhead Trout
Some tips to keep in mind next time you're fly fishing for steelhead trout.
Fly Fishing in California – Best Fishing...
A look at the best fly fishing spots in California for saltwater and freshwater anglers.
Five Years of Fixed-Line Fly-Fishing
Tenkara fly-fishing uses no reel, only telescoping rod, line and fly.
How to Catch a 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.
Best Fly Fishing in the Western U.S.
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.
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.
Best Fly Rods - G. Loomis Fishing Rods
G. Loomis creates some of the top fly rods for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing.
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 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.
Finding a Trout's Feeding Zone
Everything you need to know about the four different feeding zones in a typical trout stream.
Fly Rod Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’...
Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’ new BVK fly rod, launched in 2012.
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.
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,
Best Fishing Movies of All Time
A look at the Top 5 best fishing movies, classics of all time.
Five Tips for Buying Your First Fishing Boat
A list of the top five tips for buying your first fishing boat.
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.
All About the Rainbow Trout
Everything you need to know about the rainbow trout, the most popular species for fly fishermen.
What Fly Rod Sizes to Use
A breakdown of what size fly rod sizes are best for the different fisheries most anglers fly fish.
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.
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.
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
Redington Fly Rods - Fly Rods in the Pacific...
Redington has created fly rods and reals in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest since 1992.
Top Fly Rods -- Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
A review of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods.
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.
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 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.
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.
Where to Catch Golden Trout
A look at some of the best destinations to catch golden trout.
Best Float Tubes: Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube...
Best float tube review: Breaking down my favorite float tube, the Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube.
Fishing the California Aqueduct for Striped Bass
Believe it or not, you can fish the California Aqueduct in the heart of the valley.
Look Ma, No Reel: Fixed-Line Fly-Fishing for...
Tenkara rods are long enough for great line control and soft enough to cast very light lines to avoid drag.
Tenkara Flies: Asian Cousins of European Soft...
Tenkara flies are much like European and American soft hackle wet flies, but often have reversed hackle
Traveling with Fly Rods on Airplanes
Some tips on traveling with fly rods and reels on airplanes.
When and Where is the Best Steelhead Fishing?
A look at the best times and places to fly fish for steelhead
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.
How to Catch Surfperch
Fall and winter can be an ideal time for finding surfperch.
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.
How to Tie an Albright Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly line or join different diameters of monofilament.
Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.
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.
Types of Fish to Fly Fish for
A look at a dozen or so of the most popular freshwater fish to fly fish for.
Product Review: White River Float Tube
Product review of White River's round and open-front float tubes for fly fishing.
Three Ways to Tame an Unruly cast
Basic fly casting principles will make your fishing more enjoyable and successful.
Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's...
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.
Fly Fishing Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Water Proof Camera Review: GoPro Hero...
Water Proof Camera Review of the GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Camera for Fly Fisherman.
Fly Fishing Cranberry River, West Virginia
A look at fly fishing on the Cranberry River in West Virginia.
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.
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.
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.
Try These Nymphs on Opening Day
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.
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.
Spring Fly Fishing in Montana – April Fly...
Montana guide Brian McGeehan shares his April and spring hatches for Montana fly fishing.
Felt Soles Exonerated in Didymo 'Spread'
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Didymo or no didymo, clean angling is a must
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Fly Fishing Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.
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.
Tenkara Online and in Print
Websites, blogs and books about tenkara fishing
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.
How to Hold a Fly Rod - Best Fly Fishing Grips
A look at the three main fly fishing grips.
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.
Best Fly Fishing Websites
A look at some of the best fly fishing websites on the web.
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.
Fly Fishing in the Offseason - Preparing for...
The offseason is the time to get on the water and scout out your favorite streams before the fishing season is upon us.
Product Review: Omega Amphibian Navigator Float...
Product review of Omega Aquatics Amphibian Navigator Float Tube and Pontoon Boat Fins.
Santa Ynez River Fly Fishing
The Santa Ynez River offers trout and smallmouth bass fishing along California's Central Coast.
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
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.
Web Resources for Anglers on a Budget
A running list of the top Web resources for anglers on a budget.
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.
Surf Fishing in California
A look at some top spots for surf fishing in California.
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.
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.
Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.
World Record Bass Accepted by IGFA --...
Japan’s Manabu Kurita and his monster largemouth bass have been accepted by the IGFA, tying George Perry’s longstanding mark (22 pounds, 4 ounces) as the all-tackle world record for the largemouth bass.
Fly Fishing a Dropper Rig
Fly fishing with a dropper rig gives anglers a shot at surface and subsurface strikes.
Fly Fishing in the Rain, and How to Prepare for...
Some tips on how to be successful fly fishing in the rain.
Bringing the West's most famous fly back to a...
Colorado is restocking the Arkansas River with giant stoneflies because its pollution has been greatly reduced.
Fly Fishing Henrys Fork of the Snake River
Henrys Fork of the Snake River, located in northeast Idaho, is as classic a dry fly fishery as you’ll find. Also known as “The Fork,” this historic portion of the Snake River stretches some 50 miles along highways 20 and 191 en route to Yellowstone National Park.
Popular Species of Trout – Fly Fishing...
A look at some popular species of trout, including the rainbow trout, brown trout, golden trout, cutthroat trout and steelhead trout.
Fly Rod Basics
Fly rod basics, brands of fly rods, what kind of fly rod to buy, fly rod costs
Fly Fishing Near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border
Wheel & Reel: Mountain Biking to Remote Fishing...
Tips on using a mountain bike to reach your favorite fishing spots.
Strike Indicators for More Effective Nymphing
Strike indicators are helpful for fly fishing with nymphs.
Fly Fishing the East Walker River in California
Fly fishing on the East Walker River in California gives anglers a great shot at the brown trout of a lifetime.
Steelhead Fishing in Central California
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur, Carmel and San Lorenzo rivers.
Fly Fishing Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma,...
Fly fishing tips for Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
Czech Nymphing Basics
A look at the basics of Czech Nymphing fly fishing for trout.
How to Tie a Perfection Loop
A popular loop-to-loop connection knot for leaders.
Helpful Fly Fishing Tips
A look at some helpful tips and tricks that could help you out next time you're on the water.
Fishing Trip Preparation - Fishing Rod, Reel...
A look at fishing rod and reel repair and other tips you can utilize to prepare for your next fishing trip.
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.
About the Kern River
General profile and introductory overview of the Kern River.
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.
Pismo Pier Fishing in Pismo Beach
Tips on fishing Pismo Pier in Pismo Beach, Calif.
IGFA Top 10 Lists of Most Popular Fishing Gear
A look at the IGFA's Top 10 lists of the most popular fly fishing gear used to catch world records in 2012.
Fly Fishing at the American River - How to Fish...
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing the American River in Northern California.
Unique Types of Trout
A look at unique types of trout, including the tiger trout, sea trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout and Kern River rainbow trout.
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 Small Creeks
Some tips on fly fishing small creeks and streams.
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.
Fly fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.
Fly Fishing the South Fork Snake River in...
Guide tips for fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River in Irwin, Idaho.
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.
Top Saltwater Flies for Surf Fishing, Shallow...
A Look at Some Popular Flies for Nearshore Fly Fishing
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.
Fly Fishing the White River in Eureka Springs,...
Fly fishing for the White River in neighboring waters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Fly Fishing for Tiger Trout
What is a tiger trout and where can you catch the brown trout-brook trout hybrid.
Tie the Muddler Minnow - Tie a Muddler Minnow
A step-by-step look at how to Tie the Muddler Minnow.
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 on the Arroyo Seco River near Salinas
Fly fishing on the Arroyo Seco River near Salinas, Calif.
Fishing the North Fork Kern River
Profile about fishing the North Fork of the Kern River.
Fly Fishing Falling Spring Creek in Chambersburg
Fly fishing tips for Falling Spring Creek and Conococheague Creek in Chambersburg, Penn.
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.
Fly Fishing for Crappie
Tips for fly fishing for black and white crappie.
Fly Fishing in Pemberton, British Columbia
A look at the top fly fishing opportunities in Pemberton, British Columbia.
Teaching Kids to Fish: How Much Help is Too...
How Much Help is Too Much Help When Fishing With Kids? From the Fly Fishing in California newsletter by the Department of Fishing and Game. Outdoors Q&A - Feb. 19, 2008.
Fly Fishing the South Platte River
Tips and advice for fly fishing the South Platte River in Colorado.
Best Bay Area Lake Fishing
A look at the Best Bay Area lake fishing in California.
Piru Creek Fly Fishing
A look at fly fishing on Piru Creek, which is located in Southern California.
Fly Fishing at Truckee River – Fishing...
The best places to fly fish at Truckee River, located near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border
Where to Fly Fish in Colorado - Best Rivers for...
About.com guide Brian Milne answers a reader's question about some good places to fly fish in Colorado.
Getting Started in Fly Fishing
A summary of the basic equipment required for fly fishing.
Hot Creek Ranch: Fly Fishing California's Hot...
A closer look at fly fishing on Hot Creek Ranch and Hot Creek in California.
Fly Fishing for Mountain Whitefish
Mountain whitefish are a unique species for fly fishermen to pursue in Western North America coldwater streams and rivers.
Use Streamer Flies to Catch Bigger Fish
Five classic streamer flies that catch big fish
Add Fly Fishing News To Your Site
How to install a Fly Fishing RSS news feed on your Web site.
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Review
A review of the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition, from a fly fisherman's perspective.
Fly Fishing Wader Basics
The basics of chest waders, boot foot waders, stocking foot waders, wading boots and hip boots
Store Review: Bass Pro Shops
Review of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel 5/6 Review
Product review of the Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel, in weights 5 and 6.
Fishing Cachuma Lake
Fishermen come to Cachuma Lake for two reasons – trout and bass. It’s as simple as that.
Fly Fishing in Panama
A look at some of the best fly fishing destinations in Panama.
Fly Fishing the Colorado River, Lees Ferry to...
Tips on fly fishing the Colorado River near the Grand Canyon, from Lees Ferry to Glen Canyon Dam.
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
How to Catch Trout on Opening Day
How to catch trout in early spring when the water is still cold.
Q&A: Fishing Regulation Updates from...
California Department of Fish and Game marine biologist Carrie Wilson answers questions about using trout and bluegill for bait and many more in this week’s Q&A column.
Deschutes River Fly Fishing
Deschutes River “redsides” are not only beautiful, they’re plentiful on this Oregon River, and if you’re fishing it for the first time there’s a good chance you’ll hook up with this native strain of rainbow trout (also known as redband trout).
Tips for Catching Huge Montana Brown Trout in...
Montana fly fishing guide offers up tips on catching whopper brown trout in the fall.
How to Tie a Nail Knot
A popular way to tie the fly line to the leader
Potomac River Fly Fishing
A look at fishing on the Potomac River, which borders Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
Fly Fishing North Platte River
Fly fishing tips for fishing the North Platte River in Wyoming.
Fly Fishing Clearwater River in Idaho - Where...
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Clearwater River in Idaho for steelhead trout.

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