What is a Mop Fly and How to Fly Fish with It?

When it comes to fly fishing, I find myself complicating things for no reason. I study the latest developments and catch myself wanting to buy the newest things. I’ve learned many times that this isn’t always necessary, but I’ve paid the price the most when it comes...

How to Fly Fish with Streamers and Floating Line

I’ve relayed this story fairly often, but it bears repeating. I grew up in a family where I didn’t know that nymphs or streamers existed. We attended the High Church of Dry Fly Fishing, and as far as I knew, that was the only real kind of fishing to do. Worm-dunking,...

34 Fly Fishing Gifts that ALL Fly Fishers WILL USE [under $20]

With the gift season coming, my wife asked me what do I want.  She knows my life revolves around her, our kids and fishing.  For me I don’t “need” anything when it comes to fly fishing, but I do have a list of things every fly fisher will need. I thought...

About Guide Recommended

Tight Lines! David here – the creator of Guide Recommended. If I had to describe why I created Guide Recommended in a single word I would say “OBSESSED”

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Is Fly Fishing Hard to Learn?

Is Fly Fishing Hard to Learn?

I recently got married, and when my wife introduces me to her friends or family whom I haven’t yet met, she always tells folks that I’m a fly fisherman. Inevitably, people ask if it’s hard to learn, because they see the long rods, piles of line, and graceful, arcing...

How to Set the Hook When Fly Fishing

How to Set the Hook When Fly Fishing

A few years back, I was on the Utah section of the Green River with my friend Ryan Kelly. Ryan’s one of the best fishermen I know, and he was busy trying to teach me how to throw streamers while also rowing the drift boat. I hadn’t fished streamers much at all in my...

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...

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...