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  1. How to Tie the Top Secret Midge Fly

    How to Tie the Top Secret Midge Fly
    Designed by Pat Dorsey, the Top Secret Midge is an excellent pattern for imitating midge pupa and adults. Super easy to tie and quick to adapt to a range of colors, this pattern should be in your box every day of the year. Whether it's a hatch of tan midges, brown, midges, or black midges, the Top Secret Midge can match them all.
  2. How to Tie the Griffith's Gnat Fly

    How to Tie the Griffith's Gnat Fly
    Designed by George Griffith, the Griffith's Gnat is an easy fly to tie and is one of the best patterns to imitate a cluster of midges. Midges are a ubiquitous insect, and a hatch can occur almost any month of the year, which is why this is a pattern that you should always have on hand.
  3. Thomas & Thomas Sextant Fly Rod Review

    Thomas & Thomas Sextant Fly Rod Review
    The fly fishing industry has seen several high-profile, saltwater-specific rod releases these past few years. There is a hint of irony here, considering destination travel has been severely limited due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, Thomas & Thomas is the latest major rod manufacturer to get in on the action with their latest saltwater rod, the Sextant. T&T has a penchant for designing excellent saltwater rods, and the Sextant is generating a ton of buzz. If you are interested in seeing how the Sextant stacks up against the cream-of-the-crop, you will not want to miss this review.
  4. How to Tie the Krystal Bugger Fly

    How to Tie the Krystal Bugger Fly
    Bringing extra flash to the standard Wooly Bugger, the Krystal Bugger is super effective and simple to tie. A great choice whether you’re chasing river smallmouth, steelhead, browns, or even carp, the Krystal Bugger can adapt to a range of environments with ease. A year-round pattern, this is a fly that’s worth having in a few different colors.
  5. How to Tie the Rusty Spinner Fly

    How to Tie the Rusty Spinner Fly
    Olives, sulphurs, cahills, march browns...the list goes on for what the Rusty Spinner can imitate. An easy fly to whip up, this pattern is one you should carry in a range of sizes from spring through fall to match any spinner fall that comes your way. A slim profile and buoyant wings allow this fly to rest right in the film and fool those trout sipping spinners all day long.
  6. Echo River Glass Fly Rod Review

    Echo River Glass Fly Rod Review
    Echo is no stranger to the world of fiberglass, and their latest glass offering, the River Glass, is making quite the splash for several reasons. If you are interested in picking up a new rod for fishing small creeks, you will want to read on.
  7. How to Tie the Bob's Ultra Shrimp Pattern

    How to Tie the Bob's Ultra Shrimp Pattern
    Shrimp flies are effective for various fish, including bonefish, weakfish, snook, striped bass, or almost any other saltwater species. Bob's Ultra Shrimp can be tied in a range of color configurations and is an excellent choice for matching these crustaceans. With a tough UV resin body, this fly can also hold its own no matter where you're fishing or what you're targeting.
  8. G. Loomis IMX-Pro Creek Fly Rod Review

    G. Loomis IMX-Pro Creek Fly Rod Review
    As larger rivers continue to suffer from overcrowding, more anglers are seeking refuge by opting to explore smaller water. While the fish are generally eager to rise to a well-presented dry fly, creek fishing offers unique challenges. The standard 9ft 5wt trout rod is too long, bulky, and overpowering for most small stream situations. G. Loomis designed the IMX-Pro Creek specifically to meet the challenges creek anglers face.
  9. Winston Air 2 Fly Rod Review

    Winston Air 2 Fly Rod Review
    The Air 2 is being touted as the best all-purpose 5wt in the company's illustrious history and a challenger to the top trout rods on the market. Winston is known for making rods with a soulful touch that are perfectly tuned for technical dry fly fishing. However, due to their delicate nature, they often lack the backbone needed for dedicated nymphing and streamer fishing. If you are in the market for a new 5wt, read on to see if the Air 2 is the ultimate multi-purpose trout fishing tool.
  10. How to Tie the Stimulator Fly

    How to Tie the Stimulator Fly
    An excellent pattern for matching caddis, terrestrial insects, Yellow Sallies, and other light-bodied adult stoneflies, the Stimulator can be used as an exact imitation or an effective attractor pattern. No matter how you fish the Stimulator, it is a pattern worth carrying in a few sizes all season long.

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