Skills

Go to School—In the Keys

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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Improve your skills and get to the next level of saltwater fly-fishing at one of the best fly-fishing schools in the country. It doesn't suck that it's also in Islamorada, in the beautiful Florida Keys...and that you will learn to cast from Chico Fernandez.

Sand Flats Shrimp

  • By: A. K. Best
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I received my 2010 Umpqua Feather Merchants flies and materials catalog a few days ago and went right to the listing of flies to see what’s new. In scanning the “Saltwater” section, I counted nearly 100 bonefish flies. Not many of them resembled the little shrimp I saw when I snorkeled the Bahama’s flats some years ago. Nearly all of these flies contained enough material from which to make two or three patterns and there was way too much flash in both the body and “wing.” In fact, some of the old favorite, sparsely tied flies were missing from the collection.

Subtle Barbs

  • By: Chico Fernandez
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Finding the right amount of barb for your hooks will ensure better hookups and more fish landed.

Healing Wounds and Lifting Spirits

  • By: Deborah Weisberg
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“I caught my first fish ever on a Woolly Bugger and absolutely loved it,” David Folkerts said. “Once I pulled that trout in and looked down and saw how beautiful it was, I knew I wanted to keep doing it.” Folkerts now serves as program manager for Project Healing Waters...

Hexagenia Helpers

  • By: Capt. Tony Petrella
  • Photography by: Ted Fauceglia
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Web Bonus from our July/September issue. When the Michigan mayfly is hatching, try these two patterns developed by a Michigan fly-fishing guide.

More About Big Bonefish…

  • By: Chico Fernandez
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Most flies for these big bonefish are a size or two larger than the rest of the bonefish world, with most flies falling between a size 2 and 1 and even size 1/0s.

10-Minute Ties

  • By: A. K. Best
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A. K. shares the goods on tying a killer green drake pattern.

Casting On Course

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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Orvis's Hutch Hutchinson says: “The average Joe fishermen has been able to improve his casting before they go fishing.” Here's how to improve your fly-casting, and have a helluva lot of fun in the process. A fly casting course! "The original idea was to build just two or three holes close to the store, but seeing the property—which offers land on both sides of the Deschutes—gave Hutch the idea for something much bigger."

Up For the Challenge?

  • By: Jim Reilly
Fishing New York's Ausable

The Ausable Two-Fly Challenge will be held on May 16 on the banks of the West Branch of the Ausable River. More than 75 anglers from as far away as Texas are expected to come to Wilmington, New York, to try their skills on the trout of this storied river flowing through the Adirondack Mountains.

The Miraculous Sand Lance

The Miraculous Sand Lance

A new striped-bass pattern that brought in an unbelievable catch—a found fly line and two striped bass! WEB BONUS FEATURE FROM THE APRIL 2009 ISSUE!