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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.
Gierach on Writing, Fishing, Weed and More
John Gierach talks about writers and writing, Labrador brook trout, Colorado cutthroats and getting sober.
Top 10 Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the Top 10 flies for fly fishing, as voted on by About readers.
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.
Leather and Canvas in a Nylon World
Finn Utility fishing bags and gear cases
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.
Five Keys to Catching Steelhead Trout
Some tips to keep in mind next time you're fly fishing for steelhead trout.
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.
Fancy flies are for shadow boxes. Simple flies...
Simple flies are effective for catching trout and other fish
Best Fly Rods - G. Loomis Fishing Rods
G. Loomis creates some of the top fly rods for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing.
Hare's Ear + Deer Hair = Killer Dry Fly
Deer Hair Sedge. Fly Fishing.
Store Review: Bass Pro Shops
Review of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
Product Review: White River Float Tube
Product review of White River's round and open-front float tubes for fly fishing.
When and Where is the Best Steelhead Fishing?
A look at the best times and places to fly fish for steelhead
Top Fly Rods -- Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
A review of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods.
How to Catch Surfperch
Fall and winter can be an ideal time for finding surfperch.
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
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.
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.
Traveling with Fly Rods on Airplanes
Some tips on traveling with fly rods and reels on airplanes.
Three Ways to Tame an Unruly cast
Basic fly casting principles will make your fishing more enjoyable and successful.
What Fly Rod Sizes to Use
A breakdown of what size fly rod sizes are best for the different fisheries most anglers fly fish.
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.
Stripers in Shocking Decline
Striper's Forever's annual angler survey showed a dramatic decline in striped bass
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.
A Simple Dry Fly with Intercontinental Appeal
The Deer Hair Sedge is an effective dry fly in many situations
All About the Rainbow Trout
Everything you need to know about the rainbow trout, the most popular species for fly 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,
Ignore the Calendar. Go Fishing!
How to stay warm while fly-fishing in the winter.
Five Years of Fixed-Line Fly-Fishing
Tenkara fly-fishing uses no reel, only telescoping rod, line and fly.
Best Fly Fishing Websites
A look at some of the best fly fishing websites on the web.
Fly Rod Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’...
Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’ new BVK fly rod, launched in 2012.
Hated by Traditionalists, Loved by Trout
The Squirmito is a simple and highly effective worm-style fly.
Fishing From a Float Tube
Everything you need to know about fly fishing from a float tube.
Where to Catch Golden Trout
A look at some of the best destinations to catch golden trout.
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.
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.
Santa Ynez River Fly Fishing
The Santa Ynez River offers trout and smallmouth bass fishing along California's Central Coast.
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.
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Review
A review of the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition, from a fly fisherman's perspective.
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.
Steelhead Fishing in Central California
A look at steelhead fishing in Central California on the Big Sur, Carmel and San Lorenzo rivers.
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.
Gierach talks Tenkara
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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.
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.
Redington Fly Rods - Fly Rods in the Pacific...
Redington has created fly rods and reals in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest since 1992.
Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.
Web Resources for Anglers on a Budget
A running list of the top Web resources for anglers on a budget.
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.
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.
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.
Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.
Fly Fishing Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
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.
Finding a Trout's Feeding Zone
Everything you need to know about the four different feeding zones in a typical trout stream.
Winter Fly Fishing Tips for Montana
Montana fly fishing guide gives some trout fishing tips for finding winter trout in Montana rivers and spring creeks.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.
Fly Rod Basics
Fly rod basics, brands of fly rods, what kind of fly rod to buy, fly rod costs
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.
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.
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.
Product Review: Omega Amphibian Navigator Float...
Product review of Omega Aquatics Amphibian Navigator Float Tube and Pontoon Boat Fins.
Fly Fishing Cranberry River, West Virginia
A look at fly fishing on the Cranberry River in West Virginia.
Try These Nymphs on Opening Day
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.
Yuba River Fly Fishing
A look at the best ways to approach Yuba River fly fishing in Northern California.
Water Proof Camera Review: GoPro Hero...
Water Proof Camera Review of the GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Camera for Fly Fisherman.
How to Tie a Perfection Loop
A popular loop-to-loop connection knot for leaders.
How to Tie a Nail Knot
A popular way to tie the fly line to the leader
Spring Fly Fishing in Montana – April Fly...
Montana guide Brian McGeehan shares his April and spring hatches for Montana fly fishing.
Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's...
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.
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 for Crappie
Tips for fly fishing for black and white crappie.
How California DFG Steelhead Report Cards Work
California anglers are required to purchase and fill out steelhead report cards, which provide DFG with data to monitor and manage California's steelhead populations.
How to Tie an Albright Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly line or join different diameters of monofilament.
Surf Fishing in California
A look at some top spots for surf fishing in California.
Fly Fishing Clearwater River in Idaho - Where...
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Clearwater River in Idaho for steelhead trout.
Oprah Goes Fly Fishing in Yosemite
Montana fishing guide and fellow No Nonsense Fishing Guide author Brian Grossenbacher got the opportunity of a lifetime recently when he took Oprah Winfrey on her first fly fishing trip along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, Calif.
Best Float Tubes: Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube...
Best float tube review: Breaking down my favorite float tube, the Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube.
Jim Murphy's New Venture to Join High-End,...
Douglas Outdoors will sell high-end American-made fly rods, along with mid-priced models
Fly Fishing the White River in Eureka Springs,...
Fly fishing for the White River in neighboring waters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
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 the South Fork Snake River in...
Guide tips for fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River in Irwin, Idaho.
Adamsbuilt Truckee River Breathable Wader Review
Product review of the Adamsbuilt Truckee River Breathable Wader.
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
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.
2015 Fly Show Circuit Opens Jan. 9
The Fly Fishing Show is the world's biggest expo dedicated to fly-fishing
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.
Salinas River Fly Fishing
A look at steelhead and trout fishing on the Salinas River in California.
PFA Tour Championship Set for Southern Colorado
Pro Fly Angling Tour Championship in Colorado Sept. 27
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.
Tips for Catching Huge Montana Brown Trout in...
Montana fly fishing guide offers up tips on catching whopper brown trout in the fall.
About the Kern River
General profile and introductory overview of the Kern River.
Fly Fishing for Mountain Whitefish
Mountain whitefish are a unique species for fly fishermen to pursue in Western North America coldwater streams and rivers.
Fly Fishing in Panama
A look at some of the best fly fishing destinations in Panama.
Fly Fishing in the Rain, and How to Prepare for...
Some tips on how to be successful fly fishing in the rain.
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.
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.
Fly Fishing for Halibut
Everything you need to know about fly fishing for halibut.
Wheel & Reel: Mountain Biking to Remote Fishing...
Tips on using a mountain bike to reach your favorite fishing spots.
Need a New Year's Resolution? Help Yourself
New Year's resolutions for fly-fishers
The Chest Pack/Vest Generation Gap
Chest packs have become popular with younger anglers
Simplify With Simple Flies
The Soft Hackle Streamer is a very effective minimalist fly.
Where to Fly Fish in Southwest Colorado
A look at some of top fly fishing destinations in Southwest Colorado.
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.
Types of Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the different types of flies for fly fishing.
Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel 5/6 Review
Product review of the Adamsbuilt HO1 Fly Reel, in weights 5 and 6.
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.
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.
Green Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at some popular and not so popular green flies for fly fishing.
How to Hold a Fly Rod - Best Fly Fishing Grips
A look at the three main fly fishing grips.
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.
Pismo Pier Fishing in Pismo Beach
Tips on fishing Pismo Pier in Pismo Beach, Calif.
Fly Fishing for Tiger Trout
What is a tiger trout and where can you catch the brown trout-brook trout hybrid.
Fly Fishing Near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border
Fly Fishing Deschutes River, Madras, Oregon
Fly Fishing tips for the Deschutes River, outside of Madras, Oregon.
What is a Trout Royal Slam?
A look out the species of trout that make up the IGFA trout royal slam.
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.
Gear Guide: Top 10 Outdoors Products
A look back at some of my favorite product reviews and tests from the past few years.
How to Tie an Arbor Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly reel or arbor.
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 in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.
Fly Fishing Wader Basics
The basics of chest waders, boot foot waders, stocking foot waders, wading boots and hip boots
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.
Fly Fishing in New Mexico
The Chama River and other fine fisheries make New Mexico a hidden gem for fly fishers.
How Weather Conditions Affect Trout Fishing
A look at how weather conditions can affect trout 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 Ascension Bay, Mexico
A look at the diverse fly fishing to be had in Ascension Bay, Mexico.
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.
How Do I Become a Fly Fishing Guide?
How Do I Become a Fly Fishing Guide? It comes down to passion, and being passionate about fly fishing and guiding.
Fly Fishing for Redfish
Tips for fly fishing for redfish, or red drum, along with where to catch them.
Fly Fishing Bennett Spring State Park and...
Fly Fishing tips for fishing Bennett Spring State Park and Roaring River State Park in Missouri.
Six Titles to While Away the Winter
New books for fly-fishers. Fly Fishing.
Types of Fish to Fly Fish for
A look at a dozen or so of the most popular freshwater fish to fly fish for.
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.
Top Saltwater Flies for Surf Fishing, Shallow...
A Look at Some Popular Flies for Nearshore Fly Fishing
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 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.
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.
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