Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Like many fly fishers, perhaps most, in my early learning phase, I felt overwhelmed with all the fly patterns available. It seemed like each pattern had its place in a well-rounded armamentarium. As a result, I carried box upon box of flies, limited only by the number of pockets on my […]
Posts in category Trout flies
In the articles exploring trout flies, I have selected many of my favorite, time-tested flies, with which I have caught trout around the world. Some are old enough to have a bit of interesting history, which I have reviewed when available. Tying instructions with photos are included, as well as how to best fish with them. These are the trout flies that I “never leave home without”.
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn I have always been fascinated by attractor, or “fancy flies”, as the Brits refer to them. A handful have stood the test of time, but when were they first tied and fished? What were they designed for? Who created them? How have they evolved? And why do fish take them? In this […]
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Flytier Bob Quigley has created a number of original flies. His best known, the Quigley Cripple, has long been a go-to fly for me. Many times in the midst of a hatch, trailing it behind a dun pattern has turned refusals into strikes, and saved the day. However, when I examine […]
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Does it really matter whether we fish for trout with artificial flies that are exact imitations or merely impressions of the natural fly? I confess at the outset that I am a died-in-the-wool impressionist when it comes to the design of trout flies. Part of the reason is that I am […]
Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Many’s the occasion that I have been asked how many flies I fish with at a time. In truth, I fish with as many as regulations allow, which in most instances is two. Why do I put up with the potential hassle of tangled flies and tippet? Because fishing tandem flies offers trout more choices. […]