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 types of insects, crayfish, leeches, etc. Redfish feed on different size bait fish, crabs, shrimp, etc. What I’m getting at

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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

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.

Stream Etiquette: Respect Your Fellow Angler

Unfortunately, I can’t go a full day on the water without running into an angler with poor etiquette. Both fly and conventional fishers. In most scenarios I believe it’s naivety. People just don’t know or understand. So let’s dive into this topic here. No judgement, just discussion.

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.

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The Great Pack Dilemma: On the Water Storage Solutions Explained.

In this Gear Review, I want to focus on what packs and bags are best for each fisherman. We won’t dive into specific bags, but I’d like to touch on the different types of bags on the market; vests, chest packs, hip packs, sling packs and backpacks and what they bring to the table. Eh, who are we fooling? I may slip a couple of my favorites in.

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