Author: Alex Howell

  • Blue Line Native Brook Trout: How to fly fish for native brook trout.

    It isn’t often that we get to experience something “like it was in the old days”, but something aboutfishing for brook trout brings back that euphoric feeling. A lot of trout fishermen are obsessed withcatching stocked trout and we have written about that in the past. Don’t get me wrong, fishing stockedfish is super fun […]

  • What makes a great fly pattern?

    “Match the Hatch” The first thing to consider is, what are the fish feeding on? It doesn’t make sense to create a fly pattern that looks like something that a fish doesn’t eat. The more important questions is, what do the fish feed on the MOST? Trout feed on minnows, sculpins, other trout, all different […]

  • Wade Fishing the Outer Banks

    Unlike the high grass in SC that I am used to, redfish and other species in this area like to explore the coastal waters by utilizing the highway of channels before popping up on adjacent flats.

  • Guide Spotlight: Captain Caleb Andrews

    For guide Caleb Andrews, passion is dropping the secure engineering job to start his guide business – Tail of the Tides. Caleb is the type of guide you want poling the skiff since he cares about the combined time together versus just catching fish.

  • Guide Fly Series: The Rabbit Kwan, a Salty Slayer

    The Kwan is one of the most productive flies I have seen for redfish, trout, and flounder, because it imitates so many different prey items. What I don’t like is stacking the SF or similar fibers. With this pattern, you can decrease vice time by over half while creating a fly that behaves similar.

  • Guide Fly Series: The Best Fly Ever?

    The Clouser Minnow is arguably one of the best flies of all time, and one that everyone should carry in their fly box.

  • New YouTube Series: Guide Flies

    Have you ever heard someone say, “Hey, that’s a guide fly”, and had no clue what they were talking about? Well, get ready because we are sharing our favorite guide flies and how to tie them on our YouTube channel.

  • Delayed Harvest… Is it Really Fishing?

    For those of you that don’t know, a lot of the trout rivers here in North Carolina are stocked periodically for harvest or delayed harvest in the hotter summer months. This in turn means there is a huge influx of trout that we can target from rivers throughout the colder months into the summer. With […]

  • Planning a Fly Fishing Trip

    In a few weeks I am making my yearly voyage to Martha’s Vineyard to pursue striper, blue fish, and false albacore!  COVID might be a damper on the post fishing fun, but the beaches may be less crowded creating less tangles with tourist on the back casts.  With all the excitement, there are a few […]

  • Which reel is right for you? Tips for buying a new reel.

    We are not experts, but we fish a lot and have a lot of gear. When looking to buy a new reel, there are a few things to consider. With all being said, it comes down to a few different factors: drag, line capacity, and materials. DRAG: Having a solid drag is not only important […]

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