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Here in eastern Idaho, it's almost carp season. I get that not every Idaho fly fisher marks these first few weeks of spring as "carp season," but for the last 20 years or so, it's become my spring fishing respite. Up high, winter hangs on, and this winter has been a big one. Getting after trout in [ READ MORE... ]
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I'm an avid backcountry trout angler—the smaller the stream, and the higher I need to go to get to it, the better. Small-water trout may not always be sizeable (but you might be surprised), but they are generally wild, often native and always something to behold. Small Stream Stealth for [ READ MORE... ]
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Adding dubbing to flies—both dries and nymphs—can be a tricky process and, for me at least, lead to bulging bodies and ungainly finished products.  Super Slim Dubbed Body Video of Super Slim Dubbed Body Above, Tim Flagler demonstrates a simple method for [ READ MORE... ]
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Editor's note: The following is excerpted from TU's book, "Trout Tips," available online for overnight delivery. Do you ever wonder why a purple Prince Nymph works, even though there are no purple bugs that look exactly like that, anywhere? It's because trout do see colors, and they are more [ READ MORE... ]
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Every fall—and again in the spring, albeit to a lesser extent—baetis hatch from my eastern Idaho rivers. On blustery, cloudy days, these are usually the most dependable mayflies, and when they hatch, a size 20 dry imitation is money.  But in the days before they hatch, baetis nymph imitations can [ READ MORE... ]
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It's been a while since I've used epoxy resins in my fly tying, simply because UV-cure resins work about as well, and they can be hardened in seconds with a dose of UV light.  But, as Tim Flagler points out above, there are still several applications for non-UV resins in fly tying, particularly if [ READ MORE... ]
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By Scott Willoughby  Within the eclectic community commonly known as “hunters and anglers,” I like to think of myself as “all the above.” But I realize not everyone checks both the hook and bullet boxes, and confess that I’m generally amused by the accepted tendency to place all breed of sportsmen [ READ MORE... ]
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For streamer junkies who chase big trout in big water, Barr's Meat Whistle is a fly-box staple. Below, Tim Flagler takes a few liberties from John Barr's orginal pattern, but the outcome is generally the same—an agressive-looking fly that has all the bells and whistles big trout love.  [ READ MORE... ]
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I've become a huge fan of using UV cure resins in my fly tying, and I give all the credit for my conversion from a simple head-cement guy to UV devotee to Tim Flagler. Using UV Cure Resins Video of Using UV Cure Resins As you'll see in the video above, the [ READ MORE... ]
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I love flies that can be fished using multiple methods, and Tim Flagler's Whistle Pig Jig sure fits that bill. It's also a fairly quick tie, because it really only uses three materials—a bead, some thing brass wire and groundhog fur. As Tim notes, the venerable groundhog is also known as a whistle [ READ MORE... ]
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