Fly Fishing Articles

Here’s a running list of our fly fishing articles:


    Dry Fly Fishing during a Hatch – 5 Tips

    How Closely Should You Match the Hatch?

    Dry Flies for Spring Fly Fishing

    Effective Dry Fly Patterns for Summer

    My 5 Favorite All-Purpose Dry Fly Patterns

    7 Spots to Cast Your Dry Fly

    Improving Your Dry Fly Vision

    Know Your Pattern: The Prince Nymph

    Know Your Pattern: The H and L Variant

    Know Your Pattern: The Parachute Adams

    Know Your Pattern: The Royal Coachman

    My 6 Favorite Dry Fly Attractor Patterns

    Make Your Dry Fly Irresistible

    3 Truths about the Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch

    7 Basic Facts about Mayflies

    The Mayfly Life Cycle

    Trout Flies and Color

    Fly Fishing Entomology 101: Blue-Winged Olives

    Fly Fishing Entomology 101: Caddisflies

    Fly Fishing Entomology 101: Pale Morning Dun

    Fly Fishing Entomology 101: Stoneflies


    My Favorite Fly Fishing Streamers

    5 Facts about Midges Every Fly Fisher Should Know

    A Primer on Mending for New Fly Fishers

    How to Read Your Strike Indicator

    Setting the Hook When Nymph Fishing

    Deeper Nymphs, Better Results

    Finding the Hot Zone in the Run

    Nymph Fishing’s 7 Nagging Questions

    Know Your Pattern: The San Juan Worm

    Know Your Pattern: The Woolly Bugger

    Know Your Pattern: The Olive Serendipity

    Fishing Streamers in Smaller Creeks

    11 Ways to Fish Streamers

Casting and Catching

    Short Adjustments to Improve Your Casting

    Landing Larger Trout

    Fly Fishing’s Critical Moment

    Does a Landing Net Make Sense for Small Trout?

    Give Your Fly Rod a Lift

    When to Get Sideways with Your Fly Rod

    3 Fly Casting Mistakes that Beginner’s Make

    For the Ice on Your Fly Rod Guides

    2 Beginner Fly Fisher Mistakes When Landing Fish

    Trouble with the Cast

    Small Difference Makers for Landing Large Trout

    When to Cast Your Fly Downstream

    Keeping Monster Trout on the Line

    The Reel Truth about Fighting Fish


    10 Commandments of Fly Fishing from a Drift Boat

    Scary-but-True Fly Fishing Stories

    5 More Suggestions for Safe Wading

    Why Fly Fishers Should Stop Wading

    Hidden Dangers for Summer Fly Fishers

    Summer’s Greatest Danger for Fly Fishers

    Safety Devices for Fly Fishers

    The 10 Commandments of Wading

    Winter Fly Fishing without Losing It

    10 Commandments for Staying Warm in Cold Conditions

    5 Reasons You Need a Fly Fishing Wading Staff

    The Most Overlooked Fly Fishing Danger

    5 Fly Fishing Safety Devices

    When a Fly Fisher Encounters a Moose

    When You Fall into the River


    Confessions of a Half-Hearted Fly Tyer

    8 Tips When Fly Fishing Grasshoppers

    What Idaho Biologists Found in Brown Trout Bellies

    Why I Learned the Art of Fly Tying

    Why I Don’t Tie My Own Flies

    5 Questions to Determine If You Should Tie Your Own Flies

    Interpreting the 4 Feeding Behaviors of Trout


    5 Disciplines of Highly Satisfied Fly Fishers

    5 Lessons from a Day Fishing Quake Lake

    Best Time of Day to Fish

    7 Big Ideas to Catch More Trout

    Tying Tippet to Leader with the Infinity Knot

    Fly Fishing Tips Beneath the Surface

    Fly Fishing Secrets at the River’s Edge

    Fly Fishing after Dark

    Steve’s Suggestions for New Fly Fishers

    5 Fly Fishing Lessons from a February Day on the Water

    Fly Casting Against the Wind

    Fly Fishing’s Most Important Letter in the Alphabet

    How New Fly Fishers Can Improve Their Odds of Success

    5 Tactics for Deeper Trout

    Working on Your Fly Fishing Swing

    When You’re in a Fly Fishing Slump

    11 Reasons You’re Not Catching Trout

    Red Means Stop, Green Means Go – at the River’s Edge

    4 Notes on Fly Fishing Knots

    Little Fly Fishing Hacks that Make a Big Difference

    More Winter Fly Fishing Hacks

    What a Mountain Lion Taught Me about Fly Fishing


    Strategies for Fly Fishing New Water

    Fly Fishing Murky Water

    The Lure of Fly Fishing Creeks

    Fly Fishing Crowded Waters

    5 Unlikely Places to Catch Trout

    Tactics for Fly Fishing a Lake

    5 Weather and Water Conditions that Affect Your Fly Fishing

    Five Tips for Fly Fishing Lakes

    Why We Love Fly Fishing Small Creeks

    Louis L’amour Helped Me Find New Waters

    3 Disciplines to Master Spring Creeks

    Top Ten Reasons to Fish the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem


    Fly Fishing in Yellowstone National Park – the Basics

    Fly Fishing in Yellowstone National Park – the Waters

    Making Your Fly Fishing Trip to the West Affordable

    What a Fly Fisher Saw One Fall Day in Yellowstone

    Two Weeks before Your Fly Fishing Trip

    Tips for Fly Fishing Trips to the Greater Yellowstone Area

    Our Response to the @CastingAcross Open Letter

    Making the Most of Your Next Fly Fishing Trip

    6 Tips for Planning a Memorable Fly Fishing Trip

    7 Tips for Better Fly Fishing Photos

    Keeping Track of Your Fly Fishing Adventures

    6 Ways to Spoil Your Guided Trip


    Why Fly Fishers Wear Waders When They Don’t Seem Necessary

    Fly Fishing Gear Developments of the Last Decade

    Fly Fishing Nets: Why Bigger May Be Better

    Dressing for Fly Fishing Success

    What to Wear When You Wade

    10 Must-Have Items for Your Fly Vest

    10 MORE Items for Your Fly Vest

    Little Fly Fishing Gadgets, Big Impact

    Is the 5 Weight Rod the Best All Around?

    The Scoop on Fishing Nets

    Three Half Truths about Fly Rods

    Your Next Pair of Fly Fishing Waders

    Three People to Trust When Buying Fly Fishing Products

    Before You Buy Your First Fly Rod

    Soothing Words for the Fly Rod Owner’s Soul

    Go-To Gear for All Kinds of Weather


    The One that Got Away

    A Few of My Favorite Things about Spring Fly Fishing

    Nick Lyons on Life and Fly Fishing

    The Wit and Wisdom of Nick Lyons

    The Gift of Fly Fishing

    The Fly Fishing Wisdom of Charles Orvis

    What New Fly Fisher’s Need Most

    5 Lessons from a Day Fishing Quake Lake

    Our Worst Fly Rod Moments

    Great Quotes from “A River Runs Through It”

    The Reasonable Cost of Fly Fishing

    What Fly Fishers Pursue

    My Fly Fishing Resolutions for the New Year

    A Fly Fisher’s Christmas Wish

    Witty Outdoor Sayings: You Should Have Been Here Yesterday

    Fly Fishing and Thanksgiving

    The Generous Fly Fisher I Aspire to Be

    The Legacy of My Fly Fishing Mentors

    5 “More” Fly Fishing Myths

    Summer Fly Fishing without Losing It

    Holy Fly Fishing Distraction, Batman

    Fun Facts about a River Runs Through It

    Great Fly Fishing Conversations

    My Love-Hate Relationship with January Fly Fishing

    The Joy of Fly Fishing at the End of Days

    Fly Fishing Proverbs for the Ages

    Resisting the Urge to Fly Fish until Dark Thirty

    When You’re in a Fly Fishing Slump

    My 3 Most Humbling Fly Fishing Moments

    Coping with the Better Fly Fisher

    Fly Fishing Language for Parents and Teens

    What Makes a River Sacred

    10 Ways to Cope with the Fly Fishing Off Season

    4 Benefits of Fly Fishing with a Buddy

    The Fly Fishing Wit and Wisdom of Bud Lilly

    4 Fly Fishing Retirement Myths

    5 Life Lessons I Learned from Fly Fishing

    The Fly Fisher’s Inconsolable Longing

    Why I Fly Fish

    Have Fly Rod, Will Time Travel

    Why Great Days on the Water Are Hard to Remember

    Three Lessons My Father Taught Me about Fly Fishing

    December’s Fly Fishing Miracle on the Bear Trap

    Fly Fishing’s Unbidden Grace

    The Tenuous Nature of Life in the Outdoors

    Fishing with a Sage

    Bad Weather, Great Day

    Autumn’s Most Sacred Outdoors Tradition

    Haunted by Waters

    The Texas Ranger Who Taught Me How to Fly Fish

    The Baseball Phenom Who Became a Fly Fishing Legend

    Big Browns Save the Day

    Stupid Is As a Fly Fisher Does

    Fly Fishing’s Wilder Side

    Healing Waters: A Letter from the Wife of a Wounded Warrior

    Caddis Craze

    Thanksgiving Day Double

    The Fly Fishing Classic on My Nightstand

    Friends Don’t Small Talk, Friends Fly Fish

    The Heli-Logger Fly Fisher


    Protecting the Future of Fly Fishing

    Second Thoughts on Barbless Hooks for Fly Fishing

    The Glacier Park Grizzly Attacks that Changed Our Relationship with Bears

    The Yellowstone River Killers

    Teaching Your Kids to Fly Fish

    5 Ways to Be a Conservationist While Fly Fishing

    7 Streamside Habits of Highly Generous Fly Fishers