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fly tying

Fly tying is a craft that cloaks a fish hook in fur and feathers to imitate an insect or small baitfish. Used by fly fishermen rather than natural bait, flies are tough enough to remain on the hook during the arduous aerial gymnastics of casting. Man has imitated natural fish food with feathers since the Greek and Roman empires – and ... Read More »


Brownlining is the act of fly fishing in dirty water, often tainted with farm effluent, sewage, and is often found in urban settings. Once scorned by anglers, private access and trespassing dominates the pristine waterways, and brownlining is the last unfettered access to fish you're likely to release. Fishermen crave catching and only occasionally enjoy eating, and the combination of barbless ... Read More »

fly rod

A fly rod is a long, willowy, supple type of fishing rod designed to cast a fly line and flies. Fly fishing differs from most types of angling as no weight is attached to the line to propel the artificial bait to the fish. First crafted in Europe from woods like Greenhart and Willow, contemporary fly rods are made from ... Read More »

fly pattern

A fly pattern is a precise formula to reproduce an artificial bait used by fly fishermen. Constructed of natural fur and feathers, fly patterns are tied to imitate small aquatic insects, bait fish, and aquatic animals like frogs and tadpoles. Patterns usually list the colors of fur and feathers used to make legs, tails, and bodies, of the completed fly, ... Read More »

fly fishing

A fly fisherman is the fellow you've watched from the road, standing in cold water waving his rod in an aerial ballet. Lacking the traditional weight of conventional tackle, he relies instead on timing and rhythm to propel an insect imitation into the fish's view. Most freshwater fish eat aquatic insects, so fly fishermen craft painstaking replicas of mayflies, caddis, ... Read More »

fly reel

Fly reels are specialty fishing reels that are designed to hold a fly line and braided dacron backing material. Fly lines are much thicker than traditional spinning or casting lines as they're a predetermined weight to match the rod used by a fly fisherman in casting. Reels used to house this line are single-action, where one turn of the handle ... Read More »

Dry Fly

A dry fly is a floating insect imitation used to lure trout or other fish to feed on the surface. Most aquatic insects spend part of their lifecycle as underwater nymphs, with a final phase as terrestrial winged insect. Dry flies are tied with light materials to improve their flotation ability and overcome the weight of a light wire hook, ... Read More »


Waders are the rubber prophylactics used by fishermen to walk in water without getting damp. Made from ballistic nylon, neoprene, or rubber, they can have a boot attached or merely a stocking foot that is worn with wading shoes. A variety of lengths are commonly used: chest high, waist high, and merely covering the legs, and they can be insulated. ... Read More »


Nymphs are weighted insect imitations used by fly fishermen to induce fish to eat. They're also a fantasy woman every fisherman hopes to meet around the next bend, clad in revealing clothing, immune to the drone of mosquitoes, and looking for a real outdoorsman versus the metrosexual bar trash she's accustomed to encounter. Aquatic insects spend years wandering around the ... Read More »