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...

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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9 Best Places to Fly Fish in Florida (MAPS Included)

9 Best Places to Fly Fish in Florida (MAPS Included)

When it comes to quality of fishing, size of fish and amounts of fishable water, you’ll have a hard time finding a better place to fish than Florida. It’s not an exaggeration to say that every single drainage ditch, pond and other small bodies of water hold fish. If...

7 Best Places to Fly Fish in April (Maps Included)

7 Best Places to Fly Fish in April (Maps Included)

For fly anglers, April is the start of new beginnings. After sitting inside for months due to the cold weather, April provides warmer temperatures and ample opportunities to spend time on the water. The hatches become more plentiful, the water flow starts to steady...