Curing Seven Common Casting Mistakes

Sometimes, we should be able to argue with the laws of physics and win a few. That way, we could spare ourselves from owning up to fly fishing casts that make us hang our heads in frustration. Whether it's a matter of angle, momentum or presentation, rod, line and fly usually misbehave because we make simple, ordinary mistakes. Causes and Cures for Seven Common Casting Mistakes Occasionally, we all try a little too hard, overthink a little too much and fall into … [Read more...]


Mrs. Bates

  Description: As a follow up to the last surf pattern, I added a white Palmer Chenille "apron" or "skirt" to the Mr. Bates Fly and created a similar but new surf perch pattern which we'll call the Mrs. Bates. Components: Name: Mrs. Bates Hook: Saltwater Gamakatsu SS15 Size 6 or Daiichi Xpoint X452 Size 6 Thread: UTC Ultra Thread 210, Fl Orange Body: Palmer Chenille by Wapsi in Med Orange and Palmer Chenille by Wapsi in Small Pearl Weight: … [Read more...]


Mr. Bates

    Description: I’ve been experimenting lately with a unique fly tying material called Palmer Chenille by Wapsi after learning of the glittery stuff from another fly tyer. I played around a while at the tying vise with this chenille in medium orange, and before long I developed a pattern for surf perch fishing that I believe is a keeper. Components: Name: Mr. Bates Hook: Saltwater Gamakatsu SS15 Size 6 or Daiichi Xpoint X452 Size 6 Thread: … [Read more...]


5 Unique Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

  Mosquitoes suck! Literally. The little blood suckers are not just an annoyance, mosquitoes can carry diseases and, at the least, will leave red welts all over your body. These bugs tend to be especially bad while fishing. Drawn to water, mosquitoes are always looking for a warm body to munch on. Unless you have a strong breeze, they will convene around you and ruin your fishing trip. While you could cover yourself in bug spray, there are plenty of other ways to … [Read more...]


Targeting Big Trout with Streamer Flies

Inciting a Streamer Strike Streamer fishing is a well accepted means of targeting larger than average trout. The technique is often very visual and most experienced anglers are familiar with the common chase and no strike scenario. The chase is typically a territorial reaction, often accompanied by short strikes that never quite connect. While the chase is exciting, making a few minor adjustments can incite a committed grab.   Doubling Up Adding a second … [Read more...]


Tips To Help With Fly Fishing Photography

  Some people will say that taking good shots of the catches you make depends on the camera you are using and it all comes down to the equipment. Others will tell you that it is up to the photographer. A professional photographer will tell you that you can have the most up to date camera with a great zoom lens and the ability to adjust the shutter speed and aperture in the way that you want, but if you don't know how to go about taking the shot then the camera is … [Read more...]


Tenkara Uses Simplistic Approach to Fly Fishing for Trout

Today's guest post comes to us from Larry Chandler. Larry is going to give us an introduction to the Tenkara method of fly fishing. People of the orient have often been depicted as calm, focused individuals in their pursuit of greatness.  Movies, books and legends often describe a man on a mission who has the utmost respect for himself and his adversary as he pushes on his struggle with honor and integrity.  The Tenkara method of fly fishing brings these same … [Read more...]


The Redd October

  Description: Simple, quick and unbelievably productive.  At first, I tied up this pattern using several materials but as time went on, I realized I could leave most of those materials out, helping me tie up more patterns in less time. Components: Name: Redd October Alt Names:  Bloodworm Hook: Mustad Signature C49S Thread: Black 8/O Body: Red Holographic Tinsel Rib: Gold Wire Thorax: Black 8/O Thread Weight: Gold Bead Tying … [Read more...]


Effective Techniques for Fly Fishing

The most effective technique of fly-fishing is here; Practice! If disappointed with this homily like suggestion and you want to disagree as violently as a bass or trout at the end of the hook, that’s fine. But, ask around, you will find that practice alone has been perfecting men and women, since time immemorial. But then of course, to practice, you need a few basics to start with. The fly in fly-fishing is ‘copies of insects’ as Mary Orvis Marbury put it over a … [Read more...]