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  1. How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Musky

    How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Musky
    Musky, similar to Pike, are large critters with big teeth. Many anglers fish one fly rod for both species. The fish are similar - both long, large, aggressive and wildly predatory, which makes targeting them on a fly rod loads of fun. Musky, however, are moodier, rarer, and often more difficult to catch than Pike, especially the larger fish. Musky also tend to eat larger flies that move a lot of water so fly choice and technique differ a bit. Read on to find out which fly rod is best for targeting these stubborn predators.
  2. How to Tie a Zonker Streamer Fly

    How to Tie a Zonker Streamer Fly
    The Zonker is a popular trout pattern that can be either stripped or dead drifted in high water conditions. The Zonker imitates a variety of mobile prey including sculpins, crayfish, and small baitfish. This pattern works particularly well in high water but can be fished year round for aggressive trout and Bass looking for a large meal. Read on to see step-by-step tying instructions.
  3. Fly Rod Buyer's Guide: How to Choose a Fly Rod for Beginners

    Fly Rod Buyer's Guide: How to Choose a Fly Rod for Beginners
    Choosing your first fly rod can be tough. If you’re new to the sport, you probably aren’t familiar with brands, features, actions, or rod technology. These things are important, but don’t let the fly fishing terminology intimidate you. There are a few simple things that should guide your first fly rod purchase. Here are a few insights.
  4. How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Carp

    How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Carp
    Targeting Carp with a fly rod has become increasingly popular in recent fly fishing history. These fish are spooky, tough to fool and are worthy opponents on a fly rod. Part of the allure to Carp fishing is that they can often be seen in shallow water ‘tailing’ or feeding, similar to Bonefish. Sight fishing is thrilling in any setting, but spotting Carp feeding on a mud flat and watching them react to a fly has converted many non-believers. If you haven’t pursued Carp with a fly rod, you should give it a try. Read on to find out how to choose the right fly rod.
  5. How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Striped Bass

    How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Striped Bass
    Needless to say, a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach doesn’t work when choosing a fly rod for Stripers. Trust me, you don’t want to fight a 1lb fish and a 30lb fish on the same fly rod. That being said, fish size isn’t the only consideration when choosing a fly rod for Stripers. We’re here to offer some advice and to highlight useful recommendations.
  6. How to Tie the 20 Incher Stonefly Nymph Pattern

    How to Tie the 20 Incher Stonefly Nymph Pattern
    Join us as we sit down with Jared in the first episode of 'The Tying Desk' to tie the 20 Incher Stonefly Nymph. This nymph is a popular early season trout pattern in a variety of situations. Looking for a Stonefly pattern for a Euro Nymph Rig or to fish under an indicator? Look no farther. Read on to learn the necessary steps to tie one of the most popular Stonefly patterns in fly fishing. Or, watch the video included in the post.
  7. How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Pike

    How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Pike
    Fly fishing for Pike can be insanely thrilling. Pike often encourage some of the most visual eats in the fly fishing world, something every fly angler appreciates. A 9wt rod that offers a strong butt section for increased lifting power and a fast action blank design is sort of the ‘go-to’ for Pike anglers. But is the 9wt the best choice in every situation? Not quite. Read on to find out why.
  8. How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Pacific Salmon

    How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Pacific Salmon
    Salmon are known for their commercial fishing value, but they also put up a great fight on a fly rod. The 5 species of Pacific Salmon differ in size and feeding habits, so the best fly rod setup differs across species. We’re here to make suggestions for each species and offer some general fly rod recommendations.  
  9. How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Steelhead

    How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Steelhead
    Fly fishing for Steelhead tests patience and perseverance. Maximizing your chance of landing a hooked fish is important when you finally get a Steelhead to eat your fly. Choosing the right fly rod helps. Read on to find out which considerations should shape your purchasing decisions when choosing a fly rod for Steelhead.
  10. How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Bass

    How to Choose the Best Fly Rod for Bass
    Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass have long been a popular gamefish in the US. The geographical diversity of the species presents opportunities for anglers from California to Florida, Texas to Maine. Voracious eats, sporty runs, and ambush-driven feeding habits are also part of the Bass’ angling allure. Fly fishing for Bass can be loads of fun, but choosing the right setup can be difficult. Conditions, angling ability, and fish size all play a role in the election of a fly rod setup when targeting these sturdy predators. Read on to find out which bass rod fits your needs.

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