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5 Ways Satellite Imagery Helps You Find More Fish

Since the creation of satellite imagery, anglers have been using it to find new waters, and to get a better understanding of the ones they're already familiar with. However, there is more to it than simply looking at an overhead view of the water. You can learn a lot about a fishery from an aerial [...]

3 Reasons to Get Wet and Go Fishing this Winter

Every winter boat ramps across the country clear up, access points lose a few bootprints, and fish go unbothered for months. The cold weather is tough on us all, but few anglers realize just how rewarding winter fishing can be. You likely won't put up big numbers of fish, but you'll have less rust to [...]

3 Ways Topo Maps Help You Find More Fishing Spots

One of the most important aspects of reading a map is knowing how topography works. Once you have a basic understanding, it becomes easy to read, and easy to put in practice. However, topo maps are better for fishing than most people realize. Obviously it shows you how steep the terrain is in the area [...]

3 Fishy Ways to Get Through the Winter

Winter has officially set in across the country and it means one thing, another year has come and gone without enough fish caught. You're likely looking out the window these days, dreaming longingly about being on the water. It's normal, it's called the itch, and you're certainly not the first angler to deal with it. [...]

Enter the #FaiIOnTheFly Contest and Win

Fly fishing and failures go hand-in-hand, and we want to see some of your best. Enter the #FaiIOnTheFly Contest and win one of several gift cards, a fly rod, fly lines, and more. Share your greatest fishing fails on the gram to be entered for your chance to win an awesome prize package including a [...]

3 Top Tips for Fall Fishing

Depending on who you ask, fall is the best time of the year to chase trout. Browns and brookies are preparing to spawn, their colors are as vibrant as they'll get, and they are packing on the pounds for winter. As the leaves change, so does trout behavior, and the fish get greedy, hungry, and [...]

Fish the Flymph: Wetflies, Soft Hackles, Wingless, or Whatever You Call Them

Whether anglers call them wetflies, flymphs, soft hackles, wingless, or something else, these patterns can all be used successfully to fool a feeding fish. Soft hackles can be one of the most effective tools for fly fishing any river. We all love the exciting visual of a fish eating a dry fly, but it is [...]

5 Keys to Walk-and-Wade Fishing Success

For the majority of anglers, walk-wade fishing is the main method of hitting the water. Whether we're hitting a small creek or a big river, getting our feet wet is a right of passage, and often our only choice. The thing is though, it's likely the best way to expand your fishing knowledge. So along [...]

5 Questions Every Angler Should Ask When on the Water

Once on the water and fishing, questions often emerge. We might question our fly choice, our tactics, and we may even ask if the fish are feeding at all. We want to be sure every angler asks these 5 questions when on the water. If anglers force themselves to get back to the basics, we [...]

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Going Fishing

Anglers are naturally inquisitive; especially fly anglers. So it is important ask yourself several questions before going fishing. The more we learn, the more we grow in the fishing world, and the more complex our questions become. For any age or experience level, there are a basic set of questions that anglers should ask themselves [...]

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