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 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...

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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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...

Learn to Fly Fish (Step by Step with VIDEOS)

Learn to Fly Fish (Step by Step with VIDEOS)

Everybody’s fly fishing career tells a story. For some, it’s a love poem and for others it’s more like a short news blurb. Those who have tried to fly fish all have a deep respect for it; even if they quit. Between the intricacies of the techniques/gear and...

Understanding Fly Fishing Hooks (Size Charts and PDF)

Understanding Fly Fishing Hooks (Size Charts and PDF)

If you’re new to the fly tying world and a video starts with something like, “Oh, you’re going to need a 4x hook with a 2x long shank and a dumbbell bead to start,” don’t worry. You’re not alone in your confusion. The world of fly tying is layered. However, like many...

How to Fly Fish for Salmon (With Video)

How to Fly Fish for Salmon (With Video)

Every fly angler has their ideal fish they target. Some are traditionalists and spend all their time searching for trout. Others spend time on the ocean fishing the flats to see what they can find. There is one fish, however, that every fly angler must target in their...

11 Places to Fly Fish in Oklahoma: MAPS INCLUDED

11 Places to Fly Fish in Oklahoma: MAPS INCLUDED

Oklahoma is known as “The Sooner State” due to a great number of its settlers entering the territory to procure unclaimed land before the designated time which was set for noon on April 22, 1889. Those settlers were dubbed the “Sooners” through their almost impatient...

15 Best Flies for Salmon (Pictures Included)

15 Best Flies for Salmon (Pictures Included)

Just as you think you’ve mastered the world of fly fishing, another wrinkle is thrown your way. Learning the different methods of casting is wonderful. Understanding how to properly read a river and the tendencies of the fish is another skill every successful fly...

Do I Need Waders to Fly Fish?

Do I Need Waders to Fly Fish?

With any outdoor activity, there is always one more piece of equipment that can be purchased to improve your experience. Having a good pair of waders is one of those items. Could you get by without waders? I gues, but if being comfortable fly fishing is a priority you...