Advice From The Guides

Learn To String Your Fly Rod the Easy Way

 

Back in the early 1990s, I was a self-taught fly fisher. I really wanted to learn as much about fly fishing as possible and read whatever I could find. Unfortunately, nothing in the literature addressed some of the most basic elements of getting started, and I think the same is often true today. It's hard to learn about the practical elements of fishing when you have a hard time just getting your gear put together!

 
One of the most common things we hear every week about how we've helped...
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Prevent A Lost Rod Tip - Keep Your Rod Rigged

 

 

There is any number of mishaps that can happen to any of us at any time. While accidents will happen, creating habits that diminish their possibility is the best way to avoid them altogether. 

 
Years ago I lost the tip of a four-piece fly rod after I was finished fishing for the day and headed back to the car. It was a relatively new, high end rod and I nearly had a coronary when I saw a piece of it missing. Fortunately, I was able to retrace my steps and find where it had...
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How To Store Your Fly When You're Not Fishing

 

I've often said that most of the biggest aggravations in fly fishing don't have much to do with either the fish or that actual fishing.

They're usually peripheral issues that keep us from fishing and enjoying our time on the water. Perhaps the most common I've seen in my guiding career is how to keep your fly rod rigged up when you're between fishing spots. In fact, I know this is such a valuable tip because I hear at least weekly how this simple little thing makes life easier for people we...

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The Best All Round Leader Size to Keep On Hand

gear tips Apr 15, 2019
 

Whenever you go fishing somewhere there is always an ideal size leader based upon the size of the water and the size flies you'll be fishing. On our home waters in the Smokies we prefer 7'6" leaders that taper to 4X or 5X because of short casts and bushy dry flies. When we fish on our large, local tailwater rivers we fish leaders that are 9' long and taper to 5X or 6X depending on whether we're fishing #16 beachhead nymphs and Sulphur dry flies (5X) or smaller Zebra midges in #18 or #20 (6X)....

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