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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.
How to Get Started Fly Fishing
How to fly fish. A general introduction to fly fishing, popular species and necessary gear.
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.
Top 10 Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the Top 10 flies for fly fishing, as voted on by About readers.
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.
The Best Fly Fishing Spots in California
A look at the best fly fishing spots in California for saltwater and freshwater anglers.
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.
Three Ways to Tame an Unruly cast
Basic fly casting principles will make your fishing more enjoyable and successful.
Five Keys to Catching Steelhead Trout
Some tips to keep in mind next time you're fly fishing for steelhead trout.
When and Where is the Best Steelhead Fishing?
A look at the best times and places to fly fish for steelhead
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.
The Chest Pack/Vest Generation Gap
Chest packs have become popular with younger anglers
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.
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
Five Tips for Buying Your First Fishing Boat
A list of the top five tips for buying your first fishing boat.
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.
Try These Nymphs on Opening Day
Nymphs are the best flies to use in the early days of trout season.
Best Fly Rods - G. Loomis Fishing Rods
G. Loomis creates some of the top fly rods for both freshwater and saltwater fly fishing.
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 Cottonwood Lakes
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Cottonwood Lakes, Calif., for golden trout.
Finding a Trout's Feeding Zone
Everything you need to know about the four different feeding zones in a typical trout stream.
Fly fishing in Missoula, Montana
Fly fishing the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Rock Creek in Missoula, Montana.
Pat Weiss of PA Nets \$20K at Inaugural PFA Comp
Pro Fly Angling Tour uses fast-paced format, allows rec-style tactics
Tips for Catching Huge Montana Brown Trout in...
Montana fly fishing guide offers up tips on catching whopper brown trout in the fall.
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.
Fly Rod Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’...
Review of Temple Fork Outfitters’ new BVK fly rod, launched in 2012.
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.
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.
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 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.
Fishing From a Float Tube
Everything you need to know about fly fishing from a float tube.
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.
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
Traveling with Fly Rods on Airplanes
Some tips on traveling with fly rods and reels on airplanes.
Add Fly Fishing News To Your Site
How to install a Fly Fishing RSS news feed on your Web site.
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,
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.
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.
What Fly Rod Sizes to Use
A breakdown of what size fly rod sizes are best for the different fisheries most anglers fly fish.
Where to Catch Golden Trout
A look at some of the best destinations to catch golden trout.
Best Fly Fishing Websites
A look at some of the best fly fishing websites on the web.
Five Years of Fixed-Line Fly-Fishing
Tenkara fly-fishing uses no reel, only telescoping rod, line and fly.
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.
Top Fly Rods -- Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods
A review of Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods.
Fly Fishing in the Rain, and How to Prepare for...
Some tips on how to be successful fly fishing in the rain.
Trout Fishing on the Kings River
Rainbow trout fishing on the Kings River outside of Fresno in Central California.
How to Hold a Fly Rod - Best Fly Fishing Grips
A look at the three main fly fishing grips.
Fishing of the South Fork and Lower Kern River
General profile of fishing on the South Fork and Lower Kern River.
Product Review: White River Float Tube
Product review of White River's round and open-front float tubes for fly fishing.
All About the Rainbow Trout
Everything you need to know about the rainbow trout, the most popular species for fly fishermen.
Redington Fly Rods - Fly Rods in the Pacific...
Redington has created fly rods and reals in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest since 1992.
How to Tie an Albright Knot
The best way to tie the backing to your fly line or join different diameters of monofilament.
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.
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 Clearwater River in Idaho - Where...
General profile and introductory overview of fly fishing Clearwater River in Idaho for steelhead trout.
Getting Started in Fly Fishing
A summary of the basic equipment required for fly fishing.
Jim Murphy's New Venture to Join High-End,...
Douglas Outdoors will sell high-end American-made fly rods, along with mid-priced models
How to Catch Surfperch
Fall and winter can be an ideal time for finding surfperch.
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: 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.
Yuba River Fly Fishing
A look at the best ways to approach Yuba River fly fishing in Northern California.
Trout Gone Wild: Why Montana Quit Stocking...
Montana doesn't stock trout in streams with wild trout populations
Fishing the California Aqueduct for Striped Bass
Believe it or not, you can fish the California Aqueduct in the heart of the valley.
Adamsbuilt Truckee River Breathable Wader Review
Product review of the Adamsbuilt Truckee River Breathable Wader.
Shorter Days + Cooler Nights + Steelhead Fever
Steelhead trout offer exciting fly-fishing on Great Lakes tributaries
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.
What to Look for in a Fishing Kayak
Some tips on what to look for in a fishing kayak
Felt Soles Exonerated in Didymo 'Spread'
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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 Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
Tips for fly fishing on Helton Creek, in Jefferson, N.C.
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 Rod Basics
Fly rod basics, brands of fly rods, what kind of fly rod to buy, fly rod costs
Water Proof Camera Review: GoPro Hero...
Water Proof Camera Review of the GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Camera for Fly Fisherman.
Fly Fishing the White River in Eureka Springs,...
Fly fishing for the White River in neighboring waters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
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 Float Tubes: Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube...
Best float tube review: Breaking down my favorite float tube, the Caddis Nevada Gold Float Tube.
GPS Technology and Fishing
How GPS Technology can help anglers plot out their next fishing trip.
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.
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.
Pismo Pier Fishing in Pismo Beach
Tips on fishing Pismo Pier in Pismo Beach, Calif.
Santa Ynez River Fly Fishing
The Santa Ynez River offers trout and smallmouth bass fishing along California's Central Coast.
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 the South Fork Snake River in...
Guide tips for fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River in Irwin, Idaho.
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.
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.
Fly Fishing Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma,...
Fly fishing tips for Puget Sound, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
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.
How to Tie a Nail Knot
A popular way to tie the fly line to the leader
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.
EPA: Pebble Mine Would be North America's...
The EPA wants to block the proposed Pebble Mine's impact on streams and wetlands to protect salmon.
Basics: The Fly Line
The basics of fly lines. Fly Fishing.
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.
How to Release a Rainbow Trout while Fly Fishing
How to Release a Rainbow Trout while Fly Fishing. From the Fly Fishing in California newsletter by the Department of Fishing and Game. Outdoors Q&A - Feb. 11, 2008.
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.
Fly Fishing at Santa Paula Creek
A look at the best ways to approach fly fishing on Santa Paula Creek near Ventura, Calif.
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 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.
Use Streamer Flies to Catch Bigger Fish
Five classic streamer flies that catch big fish
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Review
A review of the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition, from a fly fisherman's perspective.
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.
Fly Fishing in Pemberton, British Columbia
A look at the top fly fishing opportunities in Pemberton, British Columbia.
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.
Fly Fishing at Dinkey Creek in California's...
A look at fly fishing on Dinkey Creek in California's Sierra Nevada Forest.
Where to Fly Fish in Southwest Colorado
A look at some of top fly fishing destinations in Southwest Colorado.
Types of Flies for Fly Fishing
A look at the different types of flies for fly fishing.
Strong Showing But No Medal for Fly-Fishing...
Strong Showing But No Medal for Fly Fishing Team USA
Helpful Fly Fishing Tips
A look at some helpful tips and tricks that could help you out next time you're on the water.
Fly Fishing in Panama
A look at some of the best fly fishing destinations in Panama.
Product Review: Omega Amphibian Navigator Float...
Product review of Omega Aquatics Amphibian Navigator Float Tube and Pontoon Boat Fins.
About the Kern River
General profile and introductory overview of the Kern River.
Fly Fishing Near Lake Tahoe
The best places to fly fish near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada-California state border
Fly Fishing Owens River Valley, Bishop Creek Area
A look at fly fishing Owens River Valley and the Bishop Creek Area.
Potomac River Fly Fishing
A look at fishing on the Potomac River, which borders Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
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 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.
Fishing on the Sea of Cortez and Bahia de los...
A look back on a 2005 fishing trip in Bahia de los Angeles in Baja, Mexico
How to Tie a Perfection Loop
A popular loop-to-loop connection knot for leaders.
Fly fishing for steelhead on the Carmel River
Steelhead Fishing, Central California, Trout fishing on the Carmel River, Carmel fishing, Fishing in Carmel
Fishing Trip Checklist
A quick checklist in preparation of your next fishing trip.
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.
Fly Fishing in New Mexico
The Chama River and other fine fisheries make New Mexico a hidden gem for fly fishers.
Rock Creek: Making a Name for Itself
A look at an often overlooked creek and its big brown trout near Missoula, Montana.
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries A-E)
Web Resources for Anglers on a Budget
A running list of the top Web resources for anglers on a budget.
Streamer Fishing for Bass
Even when there are baitfish everywhere, consider using streamers when fly fishing for bass.
Fishing Kings River in California’s...
Fly fishing tips for fishing the Kings River in California's Sierra Nevada.
Types of Fish to Fly Fish for
A look at a dozen or so of the most popular freshwater fish to fly fish for.
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.
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 Tool: Sheffield Angler 17-in-1...
Review of the Sheffield Angler 17-in-1 Multi-Tool, a fishing tool/leatherman that includes a hook sharpener, 3-inch fillet knife, scissors, fish scaler, hook remover, ruler/hard file, wire cutters, awl, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, can opener, soft file and pliers.
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.
Fish Streamers for Bigger Fish
No longer 'Plan B,' streamers ride a wave of popularity
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.
Q&A with Paul Sharman: Fly Fishing for Mako...
Q&A with Paul Sharman, talking about fly fishing for mako sharks in San Diego.
Fly Fishing Cranberry River, West Virginia
A look at fly fishing on the Cranberry River in West Virginia.
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.
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.
The Basics of Fly Reels
Fly reel types, sizes and prices and what kinds of fish they are used for
Fly Fishing the Gallatin River in Bozeman,...
A profile of the Gallatin River, located outside of Bozeman, Montana
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries G-N)
Best Fly Fishing in the World (Countries G-N)
Piru Creek Fly Fishing
A look at fly fishing on Piru Creek, which is located in Southern California.
Product Review: Fishpond’s Deep Creek...
The Fishpond Deep Creek chest pack is the perfect size and provides easy access to all your in-between gear, all while keeping your gear high and dry.
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.
Top Saltwater Flies for Surf Fishing, Shallow...
A Look at Some Popular Flies for Nearshore Fly Fishing
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 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.
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