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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.
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.
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.
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.
Five Keys to Catching Steelhead Trout
Some tips to keep in mind next time you're fly fishing for steelhead trout.
Tips for Catching Huge Montana Brown Trout in...
Montana fly fishing guide offers up tips on catching whopper brown trout in the fall.
Five Tips for Buying Your First Fishing Boat
A list of the top five tips for buying your first fishing boat.
When and Where is the Best Steelhead Fishing?
A look at the best times and places to fly fish for steelhead
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.
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 Fly Rods - G. Loomis Fishing Rods
G. Loomis creates some of the top fly rods for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing.
All About the Rainbow Trout
Everything you need to know about the rainbow trout, the most popular species for fly 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
Traveling with Fly Rods on Airplanes
Some tips on traveling with fly rods and reels on airplanes.
Fishing From a Float Tube
Everything you need to know about fly fishing from a float tube.
Try These Nymphs on Opening Day
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.
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.
Fly Fishing in the Rain, and How to Prepare for...
Some tips on how to be successful fly fishing in the rain.
Top Fly Rods -- Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
A review of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods.
Fly Fishing Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fly Rod Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’...
Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’ new BVK fly rod, launched in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
What Fly Rod Sizes to Use
A breakdown of what size fly rod sizes are best for the different fisheries most anglers fly fish.
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.
Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.
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.
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 Fishing Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.
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.
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.
Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.
Fly Rod Basics
Fly rod basics, brands of fly rods, what kind of fly rod to buy, fly rod costs
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 Float Tubes: Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube...
Best float tube review: Breaking down my favorite float tube, the Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube.
A Must-Have Accessory
A landing net keeps fish from getting hurt -- or getting away
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.
Finding a Trout's Feeding Zone
Everything you need to know about the four different feeding zones in a typical trout stream.
A Great Fly for Winter Trout Fishing
A variant of Lance Egan's Frenchie nymph
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.
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.
Fly fishing for steelhead on the Big Sur River
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur River.
Steelhead Fishing in Central California
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur, Carmel and San Lorenzo rivers.
Santa Ynez River Fly Fishing
The Santa Ynez River offers trout and smallmouth bass fishing along California's Central Coast.
How to Tie an Albright Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly line or join different diameters of monofilament.
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.
Fishing the California Aqueduct for Striped Bass
Believe it or not, you can fish the California Aqueduct in the heart of the valley.
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
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 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.
Product Review: White River Float Tube
Product review of White River's round and open-front float tubes for fly fishing.
Best Fly Fishing Websites
A look at some of the best fly fishing websites on the web.
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.
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.
Hated by Traditionalists, Loved by Trout
The Squirmito is a simple and highly effective worm-style fly.
Surf Fishing in California
A look at some top spots for surf fishing in California.
Fly Fishing the White River in Eureka Springs,...
Fly fishing for the White River in neighboring waters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
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.
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
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.
Fish Streamers for Bigger Fish
No longer 'Plan B,' streamers ride a wave of popularity
Jim Murphy's New Venture to Join High-End,...
Douglas Outdoors will sell high-end American-made fly rods, along with mid-priced models
Lefty Kreh No Longer Thinks Tenkara's a Fad
Lefty Kreh no longer thinks tenkara fly-fishing is a fad.
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.
Inexpensive Tackle's Better Than it Used to Be
Low-priced fly rods are better than they used to be
Water Proof Camera Review: GoPro Hero...
Water Proof Camera Review of the GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Camera for Fly Fisherman.
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.
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 Gold Rush Town with Gold Medal Trout Streams
Fairplay, Colorado is an out-of-the-way destination near great 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.
Fly Fishing Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma,...
Fly fishing tips for Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
Where to Fly Fish in Southwest Colorado
A look at some of top fly fishing destinations in Southwest Colorado.
Fly fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.
Fly Fishing Bennett Spring State Park and...
Fly Fishing tips for fishing Bennett Spring State Park and Roaring River State Park in Missouri.
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.
Fly-Fishing Industry Demands Action on Climate...
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How to Hold a Fly Rod - Best Fly Fishing Grips
A look at the three main fly fishing grips.
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.
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.
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel 5/6 Review
Product review of the Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel, in weights 5 and 6.
Use Streamer Flies to Catch Bigger Fish
Five classic streamer flies that catch big fish
Fly Fishing at Santa Paula Creek
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing on Santa Paula Creek near Ventura, Calif.
Fly Fishing Cranberry River, West Virginia
A look at fly fishing on the Cranberry River in West Virginia.
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.
Potomac River Fly Fishing
A look at fishing on the Potomac River, which borders Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
The 'King of Game Fish' Returns to the Great...
Researchers report progress in efforts to restore Atlantic salmon to Lake Ontario.
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 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.
Fly Fishing for Tiger Trout
What is a tiger trout and where can you catch the brown trout-brook trout hybrid.
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
Types of Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the different types of flies for fly fishing.
The Chest Pack/Vest Generation Gap
Chest packs have become popular with younger anglers
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.
Wheel & Reel: Mountain Biking to Remote Fishing...
Tips on using a mountain bike to reach your favorite fishing spots.
Fly Fishing for Mountain Whitefish
Mountain whitefish are a unique species for fly fishermen to pursue in Western North America coldwater streams and rivers.
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: 'Stunningly Positive' for Breast...
Casting for Recovery uses fly-fishing as therapy for breast cancer survivors
Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's...
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.
What to Look for in a Fishing Guide
Some tips on what to look for when hiring a fishing guide.
A Newbie's Guide to Fly-Fishing's Numerology
How to make sense of all the numbers in fly-fishing
Fly Fishing the South Platte River
Tips and advice for fly fishing the South Platte River in Colorado.
Czech Nymphing Basics
A look at the basics of Czech Nymphing fly fishing for trout.
Piru Creek Fly Fishing
A look at fly fishing on Piru Creek, which is located in Southern California.
How Trout Plants Work
A look at what goes into a trout plant and where the stocks come from.
A New Zealand Favorite is Simple and Effective
The Hare and Copper is a simple and effective trout fly
World's Top Fly Anglers Vie for Gold
The 2015 World Fly Fishing Championship will take place June 18-20.
Fly Fishing Whale Rock Reservoir
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Whale Rock Reservoir, in Cayucos, Calif., for steelhead trout.
Yuba River Fly Fishing
A look at the best ways to approach Yuba River fly fishing in Northern California.
Where is Your Favorite Place to Fly Fish?
Where is Your Favorite Place to Fly Fish?
Fishing the North Fork Kern River
Profile about fishing the North Fork of the Kern River.
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 a Dropper Rig
Fly fishing with a dropper rig gives anglers a shot at surface and subsurface strikes.
Fly Fishing for Halibut
Everything you need to know about fly fishing for halibut.
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.
Fish Get Up Early. We Should Too.
Fishing at dawn, dusk or overnight can result in fast action with big fish.
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.
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.
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 Crappie
Tips for fly fishing for black and white crappie.
'The Gamest Fish That Swims'
Snallmouth and Largemouth bass are great for fly-fishing
The Best Baetis Nymph of All Time
Th Pheasant Tail nymph is a must-have for trout fishers everywhere.
Salinas River Fly Fishing
A look at steelhead and trout fishing on the Salinas River in California.
Tenkara Flies Go Mainsteam
Umpqua Feather Merchants will introduce a line of tenkara flies in January 2016
Tie the Muddler Minnow - Tie a Muddler Minnow
A step-by-step look at how to Tie the Muddler Minnow.
GPS Technology and Fishing
How GPS Technology can help anglers plot out their next fishing trip.
Ignore the Calendar. Go Fishing!
How to stay warm while fly-fishing in the winter.
Fly Fishing for Redfish
Tips for fly fishing for redfish, or red drum, along with where to catch them.
Fly Fishing for Sacramento Delta Striper
The East Coast always gets a lot of attention, but don’t sleep on fly fishing for Sacramento Delta striper out of Sacramento, Calif.
When these mayflies emerge, trout feed at the...
Annual emergences of mayflies cause surface-feeding action on trout streams
What is Whirling Disease in Trout?
Whirling disease can be found in many species of trout across the U.S. Here's what to look for and what to do if you find a fish with whirling disease.
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
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
The Jiggy is a simple fly that works well on striped bass and other fish.
Getting Started in Fly Fishing
A summary of the basic equipment required for fly fishing.
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