Super-sized Smallmouth

Super-sized Smallmouth

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I was only ten and the fish barely 10 inches, but it’s still a vivid image. So bold and powerful, yet so beautifully colored and proportioned. That little smallmouth bass was great, but when I started catching bigger ones I … Continue reading

The Drake Hatch

The Drake Hatch

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“I love Mayfly time.” I’ll say it again “, I love Mayfly time.” Its funny, lots of anglers will scoff, and say ‘even muppets can catch during duffers fortnight,’ and to an extent I agree. That said, this time of … Continue reading

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Duncan Loop Knot

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Use this loop knot to tie your fly on and leave it loose for maximum action. Tighten by pulling slowly on the tag. Ease the knot tight and adjust the loop size by sliding the knot up or down the … Continue reading

Overhead Cast (Lesson 2)

Overhead Cast (Lesson 2)

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Inevitably when overhead casting there comes a time when more distance is required. The difference between fishing and casting now becomes a problem of sorts. When practising casting it is easy to get into the habit of lifting a full … Continue reading

Undercover Olive Hatch

Undercover Olives

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First I’d like to explain that olives are not a single species, or even a single family of insects. They are in fact a collection of species from a number of genera of insects from the order Ephemeroptera or the upwinged flies. … Continue reading

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Your First Rod

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Your first fly rod is an important purchase at any price level. We need to consider: length, line size & cost! Do not be too concerned about nuances of rod action at this stage, ‘middle vs. tip vs. slow etc.,’ … Continue reading

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Blood Knot

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The Blood Knot is good for building leaders where line of similar diameter and material are to be joined. The blood knot is one of the best for producing a leader with droppers. When creating droppers remember to allow extra … Continue reading

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Chironomid Tactics

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To many North American fly fishers, chironomids are those very tiny patterns imitated on hook sizes #18 to #24 or smaller that are also found in lakes but are more common in rivers and especially productive tailwaters. However, the larval and pupal … Continue reading