winter fly fishing

Winter Fly Fishing

Many anglers shy away from winter fly fishing thinking that the chances of catching fish, say a winter trout, is pretty minimal due to the conditions. If it’s super cold outside, chances are the fishing is going to slow right?

best wading boots

Best Wading Boots

The worst place to be is 4 hours upstream and the sole of your boot falls off. Don’t be that guy. These are the best wading boots available today.

How To Tie A Black Stonefly Nymph

How To Tie A Black Stonefly Nymph

The early black stonefly nymph is a classic fly fishing nymph pattern that imitates the black stonefly. The little black stonefly nymph grows quite quickly, and as they grow, they develop long tails at the end of their abdomen and segmented wing pads on their back.

Celebrities That Love Fly Fishing

25 Celebrities That Love Fly Fishing

It’s not just us common folk who are mildly or completely obsessed with fly fishing, some of the most famous people in the world are also a little bit obsessed with this amazing sport and spend a lot of their spare time doing it.

Fly Fishing Small Creeks

Fly Fishing Small Creeks

Fly fishing small streams and creeks isn’t so easy though and your approach needs to be quite different when compared to larger rivers, so it does take some thinking about and some practice. Here are a few tips to make sure your small stream fishing experiences are successful.

how to roll cast

How to Roll Cast

The roll cast, along with the basic overhead cast is probably one of the best and most useful ways of fly-casting anglers can learn. In fact, with just an overhead and a roll cast in your arsenal, there aren’t many fly fishing situations you won’t be able to handle.

Fly Fishing Setup for Beginners

Fly Fishing Setup for Beginners

The first key to success as a beginner fly fisher, or any kind of angler, to be honest, is picking the right equipment and having your fly fishing gear set up correctly before you start casting and fishing with it.

Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners

10 Fly Fishing Tips for Beginners

When you first start out fly fishing, there are a lot of moving parts for you to get your head around. First comes setting up your rod, reel, fly line, and leader, then comes fly selection, and then you have to cast well enough to hopefully tempt a fish.

trout fishing in high water

Trout Fishing in High Water

When spring arrives all of us fly fishing anglers breathe a sigh of relief. It’s time to dust off your fly rods, get the flies you tied over the winter ready and start thinking about which river you’re going to hit on the opening day of the season.

what is spey casting

What is Spey Casting

Join me as we run through everything you need to know about this hugely useful casting technique that will add a lot to your fly fishing game when on big rivers looking for salmon and steelhead.

wet fly fishing tips

Easy Wet Fly Fishing Tips

Learning how to fish a wet fly is usually one of the first fly fishing techniques anglers learn, especially if you started fly fishing young. This is because fishing wet flies is a lot easier than fishing dry flies or nymphs, as it’s a simple cast with an easy drift.

Fly Fishing Stillwater

Fly Fishing Stillwater

Stillwater fly fishing for trout on lakes and ponds can seem like a bit of a dark art at first, especially for new fly fishers or fly fishers that are used to fishing for trout on rivers.

how to tie a prince nymph

How To Tie A Prince Nymph

The prince nymph was first thought of and fished in the early thirties. A gentleman by the name of Doug Prince first designed the fly to imitate the ever-present stonefly nymph.

how to tie a royal coachman fly

How To Tie A Royal Coachman Fly

Dating back to the 1830s, the Royal Coachman Fly has been around for almost two centuries. Created by one Tom Bosworth, who at the time was a normal coach driver and exceptional angler.

how to tie a copper john

How To Tie A Copper John

The copper john is probably one of the most popular modern-day fly creations. First thought out by John Barr in 1993, he only started to fish the pattern with great confidence from about 1996.

Fly Reel Drag Systems Explained

Fly Reel Drag Systems Explained

Understanding the drag on a fly reel might seem like something that isn’t worth learning about, especially if you only go fly fishing for trout. Trout barely take line off the reel so why would you need a drag system?

How to Fish Dry Flies for Trout

How to Fish Dry Flies for Trout

Fishing the dry fly is the pinnacle of fly fishing for trout. Many anglers regard dry fly fishing as the most exciting form of fly fishing as there is nothing quite as exhilarating as when you see a trout sip your dry fly off the surface of the water. The take is so visual and it really gets your heart going.

How To Choose a Fly Rod

How To Choose a Fly Rod

One of the first things all fly fishers have to do when they start out fly fishing is having the right fly fishing gear. Of all the bits of fly fishing gear to choose from, the most important and key decision for success is choosing a fly rod that is right for your abilities and the species of fish you’re targeting.

steelhead vs rainbow trout

Steelhead vs Rainbow Trout

Steelhead vs rainbow trout, what are the differences? For fly fishing anglers across the world understanding the difference between steelhead and rainbow trout is not only key to their fly fishing success, but also to the protection of the species, and to preserving the natural environment they live in.

G Loomis Asquith Review

G Loomis Asquith Review

The Asquith is one of the best all-around fly rods that has ever been made. Built from Spiral X tech, it’s incredibly light while being super powerful. It’s an extremely tough fly rod that compares to the NRX, just try and break it on a fish, it’s almost not possible.

hardy shadow review

Hardy Shadow Review

The Hardy Shadow fly rod is one of the most affordable fly rods Hardy makes and is designed to be easy to cast for anglers whether a beginner or a pro.

G Loomis Shorestalker Review

G Loomis Shorestalker Review

The Loomis Shorestalker series are some of the best fly rods to have in your hand when fly fishing close to structure. Casting large poppers and streamers to smallmouth, peackcok bass, snook, and redfish that are sat tight upgainst the bank is what the fly rod is designed for, and it does the job.

Best Fly Fishing Hip Packs

Best Fly Fishing Hip Packs

The best thing about fly fishing in the summer is that you can travel light. The waders come off and it’s time to wet-wade and another great way of lightening your load on the river is by using the best fly fishing hip pack.

Sage Trout LL Fly Rod Review

Sage Trout LL Fly Rod Review

The Sage Trout LL (light line) is made specifically for dry fly fishing. This series of rods are medium-action fly rods that are forgiving to cast while providing all the loop control and power you need on a small stream or a lake from a very relaxed and effortless casting stroke.

How to Build a Fly Rod Tube Roof Rack

How to Build a Fly Rod Tube Roof Rack

When you’re out fly fishing in an area like Yellow Stone, changing spots during the day is the norm and it often involves a bit of a drive to a new part of river. Now, breaking down your fly rods to transport them every time you have to change spots is a bit of a tiresome task.

Thomas and Thomas Exocett Review

Thomas and Thomas Exocett Review

The Exocett fly rod is made for fishing for large predatory fish, both in fresh and saltwater. The fast action and light design come with a lot of power and these rods really do perform exceptionally well when you need to cast small or big flies over 60ft, as is often the case in the salt.

davy knot

Davy Knot

The Davy knot was invented years ago by a fly fisherman called Davy Wotton and is a very quick, simple, easy-to-tie knot to join your tippet material to your fly, hook or lure.

Fly Fishing with Sinking Line

Fly Fishing with Sinking Line

Fly fishing with a sinking line is sometimes the best way to catch fish when the trout are sitting deeper in a river or a stillwater like a lake or a pond and a floating line won’t reach them.

How to tie the wooly bugger

How to Tie The Wooly Bugger Fly

The Wooly Bugger is probably one of the most well-known flies in the fly fishing world. Woolly Buggers are tied in a wide variety of styles and colours to imitate a wide range of gamefish prey.

arbor knot

Arbor Knot

The arbor knot is one of the best fishing knots you can use to attach your fishing line onto a fishing reel. It’s a simple and quick fishing knot to tie and you can attach braided fishing line, monofilament, or fluorocarbon securely to any type of fishing reel including spinning reels and fly reels.

Improved Clinch Knot

Improved Clinch Knot

The improved clinch knot was one of the first fishing knots I ever learned and it’s widely used in the United Kingdom and the United States for attaching a fly, lure, hook, or swivel to the end of a fishing line.

Turle Knot

Turle Knot

The Turle knot was popularized by Major William Greer Turle an English angler from the 19th century. Now the turtle knot wasn’t invented by Major William Greer Turle but it is named after him. The English General’s use of it is what got fly anglers using it regularly and thus it bears his name.

surgeons knot

Surgeon’s Knot

The surgeon’s knot is one of the quickest and easiest fishing knots to tie when joining two lines of a similar diameter. It’s an evolution of a reef knot used in sailing which is now widely used in fly fishing to create a leader or attach a tippet.

the snell knot

Snell Knot

The snell knot was a very popular knot back when a lot of hooks didn’t have an eye. In fact, it was and is one of the only fishing knots you can use to join your leader line to hooks without an eye.

the non-slip knot

Non-Slip Knot

The non-slip loop knot was developed by the legend of fly fishing Left Kreh and thus is also referred to as the Kreh non-slip loop knot.

the Perfection Loop

Perfection Loop

The perfection loop knot is also referred to as the angler’s loop knot and is one of the best fishing knots to tie when you want a loop that is perfectly in line with the standing end of your leader or tippet to attach to a lure, fly, or to your fly line.

surgeons loop

Surgeons Loop

The surgeon’s loop knot is one of the quickest and easiest fly fishing knots to tie when you need a loop to connect your leader to your fly line or to a fly.

the slim beauty knot

Slim Beauty Knot

The slim beauty knot is one of the best fishing knots for tying two pieces of line together that are either different diameters and/or different materials, such as mono leader to fluoro tippet, or even braided line to mono.

nail knot

Nail Knot

The nail knot is an incredibly simple but versatile knot as it can be used in so many different ways when fly fishing so it’s a knot you need to know and have in your fly fishing arsenal.

uni knot

Uni Knot

If you can learn the uni knot, then you can almost get by without learning any other fishing knot out there, it has a great many uses and it’s quick and easy to tie. You can use it to join two lines by doing a double uni knot, tie on a hook with to your leader with a single, or make a loop connection.

albright knot

Albright Knot

The Albright Knot was invented by the famous Florida keys guide Jimmy Albright in the 1950s. He developed the knot to join two different materials of line smoothly so that line could run through the roid guides with ease while fighting a tarpon.

tenkara knot

Tenkara Knot

Fly fishing with a Tenkara rod started out in Japan and it’s not becoming more and more popular across the world, particularly in the USA. These rods are a lot of fun to fish with, easy for beginners to learn with, and super portable so you can take them anywhere, they’ll even fit in your pocket.

the orvis knot

Orvis Knot

The Orvis knot is named after the Orvis company. It was called Orvis knot after Orvis held a contest years ago that was all about tieing the strongest new tippet to fly knot. This knot was the winner of the contest and Orvis bought the right to name it from the fisherman who tied it.

needle knot

Needle Knot

A needle knot is pretty much an improved version of a nail not that you would use to connect your leader and tippet to your fly line. This is assuming there is no welded loop at the end of your fly line or you haven’t tied a perfection loop at the end of your fly line.

the palomar knot

Palomar Knot

The Palomar knot is one of the fishing knots around to tie a hook, swivel, lure, or fly to either monofilament lines or braided lines, in fact, it’s stronger when done with braided lines.

the blood knot

Blood knot

A blood knot, also known as a barrel knot sometimes, is one of the most used knots in the fly fishing world. It dates back hundreds of years and was used on sailing boats at the end of whips or cat o nine tails for the purpose of drawing blood when punishing an unruly mate on board, hence the name blood knot, and is used in sailing today as a stopper knot.

the loop to loop knot

Loop to Loop Knot

A loop-to-loop knot is one of the best fly fishing knots to connect your backing or leader to the fly line. It’s not really a knot per se, and the loop to loop knot is better thought of as a loop to loop connection of two different lines that looks like a square knot when complete.

pheasant tail nymph

How to Tie a Pheasant Tail Nymph Fly

The Pheasant Tail nymph PTN is probably one of the most iconic nymph fly patterns ever tied and fished in fly fishing. It is made to imitate the nymph stage of a mayfly; the American pheasant tail nymph could also be mistaken as a stonefly if tied in larger versions with longer pheasant tail fibres.

How To Tie A Royal Wulff Fly

Lee Wulff is probably one of the most famous fly fishing personalities of our age and was responsible for developing many fly tying techniques. He is probably most well known for being one of the first pioneers to start using animal hair in the tying of his dry flies. This changed the way we look at and design dry flies.

How to Tie Elk Hair Caddis

How to Tie Elk Hair Caddis Fly

The Elk hair caddis is one of the oldest and most popular dry flies in fly fishing and is a popular choice to fish worldwide. The Elk hair caddis was created by Pennsylvania fly tyer Al Troth in 1957.

Best Fly Fishing Shirts

Best Fly Fishing Shirts

Your choice of fly fishing shirt you wear is of huge importance, so whether you are looking for your first fly fishing shirt or are just needing another to add to the wardrobe, I will go through what I think are the best fly fishing shirts on the market today.

best kids fishing waders

Best Kids Fishing Waders

Finding a pair of youth waders for your kid is not easy. The big fishing brands don’t do much in the youth market. You have to look elsewhere to fishing brands you don’t know or don’t trust for kids waders, making the decision even harder.

best womens wading boots

Best Women’s Wading Boots

Wading boots are a must-have bit of gear when it comes to fly fishing. They give you all the support your foot and ankle need to make your way over slippery and loose terrains so that you can get to that next pool and find that trophy trout.

loop fly rods reviews

Loop Fly Rod Reviews

Today, in this Loop fly rod reviews, we are going to look closely at their series of rods, so you can pick the right option for your fly fishing needs. Join me as we run through each Loop fly rod review.

Should You Get A Practice Fly Rod

Should You Get A Practice Fly Rod?

In this post we will discuss what you need to know on practice rods. Thus answering a frequently asked questions of beginners and pros alike, ‘Should you get a practice fly rod?’ Read on to know more!

best fly fishing nets

Best Fly Fishing Nets

Do you carry a net when you fly fish? I never used to as I love the challenge of grabbing fish at the bank, plus I found carrying a net a bit cumbersome. If there is one thing I learned from not carrying a net for most of my 30 years in fly fishing, it’s that I should have.

fly fishing sunglasses

Best Fly Fishing Sunglasses

I’ve spent most of my years guiding on the flats or out in the deep sea of Seychelles and Kenya, and have done it wearing Costas, and all my fellow guides wear them too. They cut through glare, help you see fish, and come in almost every lens color and mirror you need.

how to fly fish for trout

How to Fly Fish for Trout

Almost all fly anglers, myself included, started off as beginners fly fishing for trout. Trout are by far, one of the most accessible species to fly fish for in the US and UK.

fly fishing basics

Fly Fishing Basics (Beginners Guide to Fly Fishing)

There is nothing quite like fly fishing and if you have decided to take it up as a hobby, you won’t regret it. There is no other sport out there that connects you with nature in such an integrated way and takes you to some of the most amazing environments on the planet.

best fly rods for salmon fishing

Best Fly Rod For Salmon Fishing

Join me as we take a look at some of the best fly rods for salmon fishing on the market. We’ll cover a few different brands and discuss all the details you need to know to pick the right fly rod for you.

best salmon flies

Best Salmon Flies

There is a lot to learn and get right to be successful in fly fishing and that goes for salmon fishing as well. You have to master your cast, learn how to read a river, get your drift right, fish at the right depth, and so on. Today we’ll discuss the best salmon flies!

salmon fly fishing

Salmon Fly Fishing

Steelhead and Salmon fly fishing is a little different from regular trout fishing and requires a different mindset, different gear, and different techniques, all of which we’ll discuss below. The great thing is you don’t have to travel too far away from home to find them.

best wading jacket

Best Wading Jacket

Join me as we take a good look at some of the best wading jackets on the market so you can always be warm and toasty out on the water.

rio outbound short review

Rio Outbound Short Review

In this review, we’ll take you through everything you need to know about the Rio Outbound Short fly line, discussing its pros and cons, and when it’s best to fish with it.

how to make a tapered leader

How To Make A Tapered Leader

Tapered leaders are a must when fly fishing. They aid your casting and fly presentation no end. Buying ready-made tapered leaders is an expensive game and it’s much more affordable to make your own, especially if you fish often.

making fly tying affordable

Making Fly Tying Affordable

This article isn’t going to change that myth, but if you follow our advice on when and where to buy fly tying supplies online or in a fly shop, then you should be able to make your fly patterns cost a little less.

world record smallmouth bass

World Record Smallmouth Bass

Anglers have pursued smallmouth bass for centuries. Although often overshadowed by their larger relative, the largemouth bass, they are among the most popular freshwater species to catch in the Northern United States.

best fly line for bass

Best Fly Line For Bass

If you’re going to go after bass on a fly rod, please take the best bass fly fishing line with you, as it’ll make your day go a lot smoother.

best wading socks

Best Wading Socks

Whether you’re wet wading in the summertime or walking through the river with your waders on in winter, having the best wading socks on your feet is really important.

best fly line reviews

Best Fly Line Reviews

We run through the best fly line for trout fishing. Also the best saltwater flyfishing line from 5wt lines and lower to lake lines. Here are five products you can choose from.

tips for trout fishing at night

Tips For Trout Fishing At Night

Ever thought about trout fishing at night? It’s one great way to catch those bigger brown trout that are often too cautious to be caught out during the day, plus it adds a whole new element, as fly fishing at night requires you to use your senses and trust your casting more than any other.

best 8 weight fly reels

Best 8 Weight Fly Reels

8 weight fly reels are great fly reels for targeting large trout, bass and for light to medium saltwater fly fishing. In this post we’ll share the best 8 weight fly reels and their features.

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