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Tips & Tactics: How to Make the Twisted Hitch for Rabbit Strip Flies

It seems the best ideas are the simplest. This rabbit strip, or any hide strip, makes for an easy trailing hook set up and quick change out with no loss of the fly. [...]

October 15, 2019 FEATURE STORY, Fly Fishing, Fly Tying, Slide, Tips & Tactics

After sex, couples never talk about running lines

There’s an excellent reason to have a loop to loop connection with shooting heads - easy changeouts — good reason for integrated running lines, smooth casting. [...]

July 1, 2019 Gear Review, Point Of View, RECENT, Slide, Tips & Tactics

RIO Skagit Trout Max, buy one. You’re gonna’ like the way it fishes

RIO's Skagit Trout Max and similar short, heavy headed fly lines have been responsible for graduating fly fisher from frustration and quitting to committed anglers [...]

June 25, 2018 FEATURE STORY, Slide

What is Micro Spey? Ask the folks out West…

If you have not experienced a micro spey rod, give the Winston Boron or the Redington Hydrogen a fling. These short spey rods maybe the next classic trout rod. [...]

June 13, 2018 RECENT, Slide

The Less Mess Morrish Mouse

This fly pattern, Less Mess Morrish Mouse as tied by Tim Flagler, has relatives for sure, but Flagler’s version is so simple to tie, and it caught trout and bass, so far [...]

November 1, 2017 RECENT, Slide

A fishing story. Me and Daisey

Fishing a private section of a river or stream full of trout or salmon is a rarity in the U. S. More European. Let's not go backward and call privatizing public lands and waterways as being Great Again [...]

October 6, 2017 FEATURE STORY, Slide

At the Vise: Black marabou leech – hook or tube

This black marabou leech has significant attractor value. When tying them, make the tails in big, short clumps, so they'll be "fat". [...]

July 31, 2017 FEATURE STORY, Slide

Get better at casting now with Commando Heads

Fly fishing is fun no matter the difficulty of presenting the fly, but most are "good" with better and easier. If that's where you're at, think OPST [...]

June 8, 2017 FEATURE STORY, Slide

Shooting Heads: Getting the fly out and down

The age old tangle issue was resolved as was the bulky connector knot issue, and the bodily damage caused by a projectile was substantially reduced. [...]

March 6, 2017 FEATURE STORY, Slide, Tips & Tactics

Opinion: OPST takes casting to new places, adds options – ends line confusion

Fly lines, not rods or reels, have been wearing the pants in the fly fishing industry for quite some time. Lefty Kreh, ever the sage, said not long ago: "It's hard to find a bad rod today ." [...]

August 16, 2016 FEATURE STORY, Opinion, Slide