How to Select a Fly Fishing Rod: [A Complete Guide]

I can still remember my first fly rod.  A 9 foot - 5wt Redington, I lost it fishing from a moving canoe.  I committed the sin of leaving the line in the water and setting the rod down.  The line snagged on something and was pulled out of the canoe –...

How to Reel in a Fish with a Fly Rod

Earlier this summer, I was guiding two guys on a pretty stretch of river that’s known for having a lot of fish – albeit not terribly large ones – and incredibly easy to access. It was July, early in the morning, but still hot enough that the cool spring water felt...

How to Attach Backing to a Fly Reel

I’d really like the fly fishing world to change how backing is put on a fly reel.  Most folks recommend an Arbor Knot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbor_knot  (link to Wikipedia)  I’ve found that the best knot is a Double Surgeon’s Loop.  Fast to tie and one of the...

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How to Reel in a Fish with a Fly Rod

How to Reel in a Fish with a Fly Rod

Earlier this summer, I was guiding two guys on a pretty stretch of river that’s known for having a lot of fish – albeit not terribly large ones – and incredibly easy to access. It was July, early in the morning, but still hot enough that the cool spring water felt...

How to Attach Backing to a Fly Reel

How to Attach Backing to a Fly Reel

I’d really like the fly fishing world to change how backing is put on a fly reel.  Most folks recommend an Arbor Knot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbor_knot  (link to Wikipedia)  I’ve found that the best knot is a Double Surgeon’s Loop.  Fast to tie and one of the...

What is a Water Haul in Fly Fishing (with Video)

What is a Water Haul in Fly Fishing (with Video)

The water haul is a simple, yet effective tool to have in your fly fishing arsenal. Let’s take a look at what it is, and how to properly execute one. For years, I fished without the knowledge that flies other than dries existed. My grandfather and dad both taught me...

7 Best Places to Fly Fish in Glacier National Park

7 Best Places to Fly Fish in Glacier National Park

Fly fishing in Montana is at the top of most anglers’ bucket lists, and for good reason. This state sort of “owns” the renaissance of fly fishing, thanks to Robert Redford’s movie A River Runs Through It, that revitalized the sport in the early 90s. While the big...

7 Best Places to Fly Fish in Acadia National Park

7 Best Places to Fly Fish in Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is one of the few places that I’ll admit is perhaps more visually captivating than my beloved Rocky Mountains. Having grown up in the shadow of some of the West’s most iconic peaks, I’m not one who’s easily impressed by just any landscape. Acadia,...