fly tying challenge
I am running a 30 Day Fly Tying Challenge for anyone interested in having an accountability partner along your journey. Whether you are brand new to fly tying or been doing it for a while a challenge is a great way to change things up and keep it fresh. Here's the link if you want to join the challenge:  30 Day...
blood knot
I show you how to tie a blood knot in today's fly fishing 101 video tutorial series.  The blood knot without question is one the the greatest fly fishing knots of all time. A knot that may be a little harder than some up front but is actually pretty easy once you practice a bit. It is used to tie leaders...
Fly Tying Instructions for Beginners
It's kind of crazy I haven't written this blog post yet.  After creating The Fly Tying Mentor which is essentially Fly Tying Instructions for Beginners, I didn't really explain fully to the world how it is valuable to someone who is new to fly tying. I'll do this today so you understand why you might want to get involved in...
woolly worm
We are going back to basics today with the Woolly Worm.  One of the best first flies to begin with when starting out. I walk you through tying the woolly bugger in this video tutorial.  If you are new to fly tying then the best thing you can do is start with the basics. Whether a woolly worm or a woolly...
switch rod
  So, there’s no question you know what a single handed fly fishing rod is. You’ve probably also either heard about or used a spey rod…. right? But, what about the switch rod that has started to pick up some fame? What use are they if you already have a single and/or longer two handed rod? Switch rods, as the name denotes...
fly fishing knots
You just hook a fish of a lifetime!  It’s running like crazy and then makes an amazing jump, lands in a crazy splash, and starts to spin out more line.  Just at that moment your line goes limp.  F#!-*^k.  You strip back your line to check your fly, only to see a little curly cue on your tippet -...
fly line
Yes, Sick.  I can throw that out there now because I've had quite the embarrassing week...... and to be honest, Sick just sounds about right. I just returned from a Casting Instructor Class with the Federation of Fly Fishers and had an eye opening experience. Not because of the challenge, although becoming a casting instructor is a major challenge, but because I was...
breaking your wrist
Over the years, I've taught a lot of people how to cast a single handed fly rod.  By far, the biggest issue I see is breaking your wrist.  Don't get me wrong, there are times when you will move your wrist, and I'll talk about that in a bit. But, for right now, if you are struggling with your cast...
mending the line
When I started out swinging flies with a spey rod, my cast wasn’t great.  In fact, it pretty much sucked.  But, because mending the line with the spey is pretty easy (think length), I was able to turn a bad cast into a great cast. After I piled my crappy cast out there, I only needed to pick up and turn over...
wind knots
One of the things you will learn about steelhead fly fishing is that sometimes you can put in a lot of time for one shot at a fish.  That one pull that you put in 40 hours for.  You will likely be logging a lot of time and effort until you get that next hookup. I want you to be ready...
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