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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.
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.
How to Get Started Fly Fishing
How to fly fish. A general introduction to fly fishing, popular species and necessary gear.
Top 10 Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the Top 10 flies for fly fishing, as voted on by About readers.
The Best Fly Fishing Spots in California
A look at the best fly fishing spots in California for saltwater and freshwater anglers.
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.
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.
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.
Five Tips for Buying Your First Fishing Boat
A list of the top five tips for buying your first fishing boat.
All About the Rainbow Trout
Everything you need to know about the rainbow trout, the most popular species for fly fishermen.
Best Fly Rods - G. Loomis Fishing Rods
G. Loomis creates some of the top fly rods for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
When and Where is the Best Steelhead Fishing?
A look at the best times and places to fly fish for steelhead
Fly Fishing Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.
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.
What Fly Rod Sizes to Use
A breakdown of what size fly rod sizes are best for the different fisheries most anglers fly fish.
Five Keys to Catching Steelhead Trout
Some tips to keep in mind next time you're fly fishing for steelhead trout.
Traveling with Fly Rods on Airplanes
Some tips on traveling with fly rods and reels on airplanes.
Product Review: White River Float Tube
Product review of White River's round and open-front float tubes for fly fishing.
Finding a Trout's Feeding Zone
Everything you need to know about the four different feeding zones in a typical trout stream.
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.
Top Fly Rods -- Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
A review of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods.
Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.
Fishing From a Float Tube
Everything you need to know about fly fishing from a float tube.
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.
Try These Nymphs on Opening Day
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.
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.
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.
Web Resources for Anglers on a Budget
A running list of the top Web resources for anglers on a budget.
Popovics, Schullery, Bates, Marston to be...
Fly-Fishing Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees: Popovics, Schullery, Bates, Marston
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.
Fly Fishing in the Rain, and How to Prepare for...
Some tips on how to be successful fly fishing in the rain.
How to Catch Surfperch
Fall and winter can be an ideal time for finding surfperch.
Fly Rod Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’...
Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’ new BVK fly rod, launched in 2012.
Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's...
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.
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.
Water Proof Camera Review: GoPro Hero...
Water Proof Camera Review of the GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Camera for Fly Fisherman.
Best Fly Fishing Websites
A look at some of the best fly fishing websites on the web.
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.
How to Tie an Albright Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly line or join different diameters of monofilament.
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.
Santa Ynez River Fly Fishing
The Santa Ynez River offers trout and smallmouth bass fishing along California's Central Coast.
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.
Where to Fly Fish in Southwest Colorado
A look at some of top fly fishing destinations in Southwest Colorado.
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 at Merced River - How to Fish...
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing in and around Yosemite on the Merced River.
Fly Rod Basics
Fly rod basics, brands of fly rods, what kind of fly rod to buy, fly rod costs
Lefty Kreh No Longer Thinks Tenkara's a Fad
Lefty Kreh no longer thinks tenkara fly-fishing is a fad.
Salinas River Fly Fishing
A look at steelhead and trout fishing on the Salinas River in California.
Fancy flies are for shadow boxes. Simple flies...
Simple flies are effective for catching trout and other fish
Fly Fishing for Halibut
Everything you need to know about fly fishing for halibut.
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.
Fish Streamers for Bigger Fish
No longer 'Plan B,' streamers ride a wave of popularity
Hated by Traditionalists, Loved by Trout
The Squirmito is a simple and highly effective worm-style fly.
A Gold Rush Town with Gold Medal Trout Streams
Fairplay, Colorado is an out-of-the-way destination near great fly-fishing.
A New Zealand Favorite is Simple and Effective
The Hare and Copper is a simple and effective trout fly
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.
Fly-Fishing Industry Demands Action on Climate...
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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
Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.
Redington Fly Rods - Fly Rods in the Pacific...
Redington has created fly rods and reals in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest since 1992.
Fly Fishing Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Must-Have Accessory
A landing net keeps fish from getting hurt -- or getting away
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.
Store Review: Bass Pro Shops
Review of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
Use Streamer Flies to Catch Bigger Fish
Five classic streamer flies that catch big fish
Fly fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.
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.
Gallatin vs. East Gallatin Fly Fishing
While they share the name, Montana’s Gallatin and East Gallatin rivers have their differences when it comes to fly fishing.
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.
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.
How to Stay on Your Feet in a Trout Stream
10 Tips for Safe Wading. Fly Fishing.
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.
Jim Murphy's New Venture to Join High-End,...
Douglas Outdoors will sell high-end American-made fly rods, along with mid-priced models
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.
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.
Steelhead Fishing in Central California
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur, Carmel and San Lorenzo rivers.
Fly fishing for steelhead on the Big Sur River
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur River.
Types of Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the different types of flies for fly fishing.
Fly Fishing Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma,...
Fly fishing tips for Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
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.
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.
Product Review: Omega Amphibian Navigator Float...
Product review of Omega Aquatics Amphibian Navigator Float Tube and Pontoon Boat Fins.
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 for Monster Trout
Tips on fly fishing and catching monster trout from a Montana guide who knows how to catch the big ones.
Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel 5/6 Review
Product review of the Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel, in weights 5 and 6.
A Current-Simulating Tank for Testing Streamer...
The Fly Tester allows fly-tiers to see what their flies look like in moving water
The Basics of Fly Reels
Fly reel types, sizes and prices and what kinds of fish they are used for
A Great Fly for Winter Trout Fishing
A variant of Lance Egan's Frenchie nymph
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
Delaware Trout Habitat in Peril After...
New York City is draining Cannonsville Reservoir after a mishap near its dam, and cold water trout need is being flushed downstream
Fly Fishing at Santa Paula Creek
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing on Santa Paula Creek near Ventura, Calif.
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.
Delaware Trout Dodge a Bullet: Cannonsville...
New York City will resume normal releases of cold water from Cannonsville Reservoir.
Three Ways to Tame an Unruly cast
Basic fly casting principles will make your fishing more enjoyable and successful.
Surf Fishing in California
A look at some top spots for surf fishing in California.
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.
Wheel & Reel: Mountain Biking to Remote Fishing...
Tips on using a mountain bike to reach your favorite fishing spots.
Gierach on Writing, Fishing, Weed and More
John Gierach talks about writers and writing, Labrador brook trout, Colorado cutthroats and getting sober.
What A Newbie Needs to Know About Fly-Fshing...
Review: 'How To Get Started In Fly Fishing Without Going Broke, Crazy or to Patagonia' by Frederic Thorner
Fly Fishing in Panama
A look at some of the best fly fishing destinations in Panama.
How to Tie a Perfection Loop
A popular loop-to-loop connection knot for leaders.
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.
The Chest Pack/Vest Generation Gap
Chest packs have become popular with younger anglers
What to Look for in a Fishing Kayak
Some tips on what to look for in a fishing kayak
McCloud River Fly Fishing
A look at the best techniques for McCloud River fly fishing in California.
Yuba River Fly Fishing
A look at the best ways to approach Yuba River fly fishing in Northern California.
U.S. Gets Seat on FIPS Board
Paul Bourcq is the first American named to the group that sets rules for fly-fishing competition
A Depression Era Fly Shop That's As Relevant As...
Dette Trout Flies is the oldest fly shop in the country continuously that's still operated by the same family
American-Made, Mid-Priced Fly Rods
Former Redington and Hardy executive Jim Murphy announces a new fly rod and reel manufacturing site in upstate New York.
Fly Fishing for Redfish
Tips for fly fishing for redfish, or red drum, along with where to catch them.
How to Hold a Fly Rod - Best Fly Fishing Grips
A look at the three main fly fishing grips.
Fly Fishing Near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border
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 for Mountain Whitefish
Mountain whitefish are a unique species for fly fishermen to pursue in Western North America coldwater streams and rivers.
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
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 Prosser Creek – Fishing...
The best places to fly fish at Prosser Creek Reservoir, located near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border
Fly Fishing with President Obama a Trip to...
The Vermillion brothers, who run Sweetwater Travel and Fly Shop in Livingston, Mont., were the first to take President Barack Obama and his staff fly fishing on Aug. 14 on the East Gallatin River near Bozeman, Mont.
All About the Largemouth Bass
Everything you need to know about the Largemouth Bass, one of the most popular overall game fish in North America.
Fly Fishing Wader Basics
The basics of chest waders, boot foot waders, stocking foot waders, wading boots and hip boots
How to Tie an Arbor Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly reel or arbor.
Tenkara Flies Go Mainsteam
Umpqua Feather Merchants will introduce a line of tenkara flies in January 2016
Fly Fishing Cranberry River, West Virginia
A look at fly fishing on the Cranberry River in West Virginia.
World's Top Fly Anglers Vie for Gold
The 2015 World Fly Fishing Championship will take place June 18-20.
Fly Fishing a Great Escape for the Daily Rigors...
A column about why you need to do some more fly-fishing.
Trout and Humans Coexist (Mostly) in the...
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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
Swing Your Fly and Let the Current Do the Work
Swinging flies with Spey or switch rods
Fishing the North Fork Kern River
Profile about fishing the North Fork of the Kern River.
Types of Fish to Fly Fish for
A look at a dozen or so of the most popular freshwater fish to fly fish for.
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.
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