Fly Fishers' Corner proudly presents the first rendition of our bi-weekly mailbag. We answer questions about starter combos, what we mean by presenting a fly, steelhead patterns, and more!
Only 3 knots? Really? In our post, Knots: Back to Basics, we took a step back and talked about what we believe are some principals that should guide you in your knot exploits. That knots are a big deal was hopefully conveyed quite clearly. Similarly, we discussed how knots can be just plain intimidating. Good news! There’s no need to fear, for FlyFishersCorner.com is here! I’m here today to proclaim the following: You only need to know 3 knots for most any fly fishing situation. Just 3! Admittedly, I’m doing a little hand-waving here. Let’s assume your backing is attached to the spool and the backing to the fly line. Now you only need to know 3 knots. Besides, you can tie the others at home, take as long as you like, and cheat to your heart’s content with videos, drawings, and even super glue if you like. The simple fact of the matter is that there are 3 crucial connections that must regularly be made in fly fishing. The first is the point at which your leader attaches to your fly line. The second is where your leader attaches to your tippet. The final, and most important, is where your tippet attaches to your fly. We’ve got guidance for all three. […]
Knots, knots, knots Knots sit near the top of the list of things that intimidate fly fishers, rookies and vets alike. It’s probably with good reason, as the importance of good knots cannot be understated. Generally speaking, absent nicks or kinks in a line, a break almost always occurs at the knot. It follows that properly-tied, strong knots directly reduce the number of break offs. Even the most seasoned of fly fishers is searching for the next great knot. We’re going to ask that you step back for a moment and get back to basics. This won’t be some “knot battle” in a major magazine that pits two knots against one another in some sort of twisted (pun definitely intended) cage match. We’re not going to give you a new super-knot that requires 4 hands and the blood of your first-born to tie. Rather, consider this a primer of sorts. Call it a reality check, if you want. We have some suggestions on the thought process (or what it should be!) for selecting and tying a knot. Always crawl before you walk. […]
What are the best patterns for early season trout? What fly should I use? This is likely the question we get most from our readers. With the spring thaw on in much of the Northern Hemisphere, it seems it’d be valuable to share some early season trout fly patterns. For those of you in Patagonia or New Zealand or elsewhere “down under,” you have my apologies. Though admittedly, an apology is the last thing you need. For everyone else, we’re coming to the rescue! Or something like that. So what is it about the early season that’s so tough? For starters, early season bug life is mostly dormant. Those dainty bugs emerging from the depths and eliciting riseforms all around are still months away. Most bug activity is limited to midges that are always around and the early season stoneflies. In other words, there aren’t a ton of options for “matching the hatch.” Add to this that cold water temps have rendered our finned friends pretty lazy. This presents a unique set of circumstances. Yeah, “unique” is one word for it. At the same time, having been couped up for far too long, the average angler is chomping at the bit to don his or her waders and cast a line. When temps creep high enough to avoid iced up guides and frozen leaders, we’re all out trudging through the snow drifts in search of that familiar tug. Rusty? Yeah, maybe a little. This only adds to the challenge. […]
Strike Indicators: A final (for now) look We received tons of great feedback from our first two posts about strike indicators. The information seemed particularly useful for beginners . If you missed them, the first two posts: Strike Indicators in Nymphing: Part 1 and Strike Indicators Revisited: The Players in the Game. Today, we’re pleased to offer up some tips for more-experienced fly anglers. Without further adieu, our final (for now) piece in the strike indicator series. via wright-mcgill.com Strike indicators are often thought of as tools for the beginner, but this isn’t the whole story. While it’s true that the best way to learn to nymph is using strike indicators, they offer many advantages even to the experienced. As discussed previously, a close look at professional fly fishers on television often reveals the truth. More than expected, a small float can be spotted affixed firmly to their leaders. If this is the case, then how can we say that strike indicators are tools only for the novice? […]