Tag Archives: fly-fishing tips

Classic Pro Tips: How to Stay Safe in Bear Country


Written by: Phil Monahan

You’d be surprised how effective bear spray has proven to be over the past couple of decades.
Photo via Wikipedia

This time of year, many anglers and wilderness lovers are making trips into the backcountry, oftentimes in places where there are wild bears. In the vast majority of situations, humans . . .

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Podcast: Proper Fly Presentation to Tarpon and other Species, with Dave Mangum


Written by: Phil Monahan

Capt. David Mangum shares a trophy with his daughter.
Photo via Instagram

My guest this week is guide Capt. David Mangum of Shallow Water Expeditions in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He’s a renowned tarpon guide, filmmaker, photographer, fly tier—and, well, the . . .

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Pro Tips: Support Your Bass—Stop the Lip Grip!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rob Woodruff of Woodruff Guide Service shows how to properly support a bass’s body.
Photo by Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff

Fly fishers have spent a lot of time over the past couple of years trying to promote the #Keepemwet ethic as a way to ensure the highest survival rates from catch-and-release. . .

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Pro Tip: Rod Action is Really Rod-and-Line Action


Written by: Phil Monahan

A well-matched rod and line will easily throw a tight loop.
Photo courtesy Orvis Fly Fishing School

Fly rods come in a variety of “actions,” from slow to super-fast. As we have written about before, the action of a rod is determined by a variety of factors, such as materials, taper, and hardware. But . . .

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Podcast: The Seven Deadly Sins of Sight-Fishing, with Josh Nugent


Written by: Phil Monahan

Josh Nugent with a dry-fly-eating cutthroat from his western Canada home waters..
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This week, I have a more-or-less “black diamond” podcast with Josh Nugent of Out Fly Fishing Outfitters in Calgary, Alberta. With the peak of hatches upon us, now is the time to tune up . . .

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