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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.
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.
The Best Fly Fishing Spots in California
A look at the best fly fishing spots in California for saltwater and freshwater anglers.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Letterman's Retirement Plans Include Tenkara
The Late Show host was given a tenkara rod by his 11-year-old son, Harry.
Where to Catch Golden Trout
A look at some of the best destinations to catch golden trout.
Five Tips for Buying Your First Fishing Boat
A list of the top five tips for buying your first fishing boat.
Best Fly Rods - G. Loomis Fishing Rods
G. Loomis creates some of the top fly rods for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing.
What Fly Rod Sizes to Use
A breakdown of what size fly rod sizes are best for the different fisheries most anglers fly fish.
Try These Nymphs on Opening Day
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.
Product Review: White River Float Tube
Product review of White River's round and open-front float tubes for fly fishing.
Fly Fishing in the Rain, and How to Prepare for...
Some tips on how to be successful fly fishing in the rain.
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
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.
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,
Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.
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.
Fly Fishing Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.
A Must-Have Accessory
A landing net keeps fish from getting hurt -- or getting away
Finding a Trout's Feeding Zone
Everything you need to know about the four different feeding zones in a typical trout stream.
All About the Rainbow Trout
Everything you need to know about the rainbow trout, the most popular species for fly fishermen.
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.
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.
Web Resources for Anglers on a Budget
A running list of the top Web resources for anglers on a budget.
Fishing the California Aqueduct for Striped Bass
Believe it or not, you can fish the California Aqueduct in the heart of the valley.
Top Fly Rods -- Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
A review of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods.
Traveling with Fly Rods on Airplanes
Some tips on traveling with fly rods and reels on airplanes.
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 Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
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.
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
Five Keys to Catching Steelhead Trout
Some tips to keep in mind next time you're fly fishing for steelhead 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.
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.
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.
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.
Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.
How to Tie a Nail Knot
A popular way to tie the fly line to the leader
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.
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.
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.
Fishing From a Float Tube
Everything you need to know about fly fishing from a float tube.
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 Basics
Fly rod basics, brands of fly rods, what kind of fly rod to buy, fly rod costs
Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's...
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.
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.
Weatherproof Your Boat – Protecting...
Some easy ways anglers can protect, weatherproof their boat from the elements.
A New Zealand Favorite is Simple and Effective
The Hare and Copper is a simple and effective trout fly
The Chest Pack/Vest Generation Gap
Chest packs have become popular with younger anglers
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 Rod Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’...
Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’ new BVK fly rod, launched in 2012.
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.
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 at Merced River - How to Fish...
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing in and around Yosemite on the Merced River.
Yuba River Fly Fishing
A look at the best ways to approach Yuba River fly fishing in Northern California.
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.
Store Review: Bass Pro Shops
Review of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
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.
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.
How Weather Conditions Affect Trout Fishing
A look at how weather conditions can affect trout 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.
Water Proof Camera Review: GoPro Hero...
Water Proof Camera Review of the GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Camera for Fly Fisherman.
All About the Brown Trout
Everything you need to know about the brown trout.
Tips for Catching Huge Montana Brown Trout in...
Montana fly fishing guide offers up tips on catching whopper brown trout in the fall.
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.
Wheel & Reel: Mountain Biking to Remote Fishing...
Tips on using a mountain bike to reach your favorite fishing spots.
Fly Fishing the White River in Eureka Springs,...
Fly fishing for the White River in neighboring waters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
A Great Fly for Winter Trout Fishing
A variant of Lance Egan's Frenchie nymph
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 Cranberry River, West Virginia
A look at fly fishing on the Cranberry River in West Virginia.
Fly Fishing the South Fork Snake River in...
Guide tips for fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River in Irwin, Idaho.
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.
Fly Fishing Small Creeks
Some tips on fly fishing small creeks and streams.
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.
How to Tie a Perfection Loop
A popular loop-to-loop connection knot for leaders.
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.
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.
Best Fly Fishing Websites
A look at some of the best fly fishing websites on the web.
Fly Fishing SLO, Continued
Part two of our fly fishing SLO County series, which focuses on steelhead and river fishing.
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
Fly Fishing Near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border
Soul River Unites Veterans and Urban Youth on...
Fly-fishing rescued Chad Brown from PTSD. Now he's casting to urban youth and veterans in Oregon and Washington.
Tips for Fly Fishing Cape Cod
A look at some tips for for shore fly fishing Cape Cod.
Fish Streamers for Bigger Fish
No longer 'Plan B,' streamers ride a wave of popularity
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.
U.S. Gets Seat on FIPS Board
Paul Bourcq is the first American named to the group that sets rules for fly-fishing competition
GPS Technology and Fishing
How GPS Technology can help anglers plot out their next fishing trip.
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.
Backwater Paddle Company Kayak Fishing Hand...
Backwater Paddle Company's Predator and Piranha kayak fishing hand paddles make staying in position while kayak fishing easy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Hold a Fly Rod - Best Fly Fishing Grips
A look at the three main fly fishing grips.
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.
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.
Fly Fishing for Crappie
Tips for fly fishing for black and white crappie.
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
Five Years of Fixed-Line Fly-Fishing
Tenkara fly-fishing uses no reel, only telescoping rod, line and fly.
What to Look for in a Fishing Kayak
Some tips on what to look for in a fishing kayak
Fly Fishing for Sea Trout
A closer look at the misunderstood sea trout, a popular, sea-run game fish that's actually native to Europe.
Fly Fishing at Santa Paula Creek
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing on Santa Paula Creek near Ventura, Calif.
Surf Fishing in California
A look at some top spots for surf fishing in California.
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.
A Gold Rush Town with Gold Medal Trout Streams
Fairplay, Colorado is an out-of-the-way destination near great fly-fishing.
Fishing the North Fork Kern River
Profile about fishing the North Fork of the Kern River.
A Newbie's Guide to Fly-Fishing's Numerology
How to make sense of all the numbers in fly-fishing
Salinas River Fly Fishing
A look at steelhead and trout fishing on the Salinas River in California.
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Review
A review of the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition, from a fly fisherman's perspective.
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.
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 Monster Trout
Tips on fly fishing and catching monster trout from a Montana guide who knows how to catch the big ones.
Review of Rivers of a Lost Coast
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Hated by Traditionalists, Loved by Trout
The Squirmito is a simple and highly effective worm-style fly.
Rainbow Trout World Records
A look at the world-record rainbow trout caught on a fly rod.
Fly Fishing Williamson River
Fly fishing tips on the Williamson River in Oregon and the Klamath area.
Fly fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.
Types of Fish to Fly Fish for
A look at a dozen or so of the most popular freshwater fish to fly fish for.
GoPro HD Hero2 Review: Digital Waterproof...
A review of the GoPro HD Hero2, the best waterproof digital camera for outdoors enthusiasts.
Fly fishing for steelhead on the Carmel River
Steelhead Fishing, Central California, Trout fishing on the Carmel River, Carmel fishing, Fishing in Carmel
Can You Sell Fish Caught for Sport?
The California DFG weighs in on selling fish that are caught for sport, and how it's illegal to do so without a commercial license.
Fly Fishing Michigan's Pere Marquette
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Fishing Kings River in California’s...
Fly fishing tips for fishing the Kings River in California's Sierra Nevada.
Japanese Master's Tenkara Rods Hit U.S. Market
The Tenkara Shop carries rods designed by legendary Japanese angler Masami Sakakibari.
About the Kern River
General profile and introductory overview of the Kern River.
Fly Fishing a Great Escape for the Daily Rigors...
A column about why you need to do some more fly-fishing.
Top Saltwater Flies for Surf Fishing, Shallow...
A Look at Some Popular Flies for Nearshore Fly Fishing
Steelhead Fishing in Central California
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur, Carmel and San Lorenzo rivers.
Fly Fishing Owens River Valley, Bishop Creek Area
A look at fly fishing Owens River Valley and the Bishop Creek Area.
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.
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
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.
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).
Buff Bandanas, Headwear Offer Protection From...
A review of Buff headwear for fishermen, including bandanas and protective outdoors wear.

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