Tag Archives: fly patterns

8 Must-Have Flies for Winter Fishing

Written by: The staff of Trouts Fly Fishing


Just a handful of staple patterns will get the job done during the winter months.
Photo by Phil Monahan

We are very fortunate in Colorado that we have the opportunity to fish 365 days a year. And though we are now in December and it’s probably time to put away that hopper box until . . .

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Classic Tuesday Tips: Top 4 Dry Flies for Fall


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Woodbridge store manager Duber Winters found out last year how great fall dry-fly fishing can be in Yellowstone.
All photos courtesy Duber Winters

The shorter days and crisper nights of fall turn the thoughts of many fly fishers to hunting trophy trout with streamers, but that doesn’t mean you should put away the 4-weight rod, floating. . .

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Tuesday Tips: Top 10 (+1) Flies for the South Fork Snake River

Written by: Jaason Pruett, The Lodge at Palisades Creek


Matt McDonald (left) caught this 29-inch monster on a Sex Dungeon streamer, with the author.
Photos courtesy The Lodge at Palisades Creek

The South Fork of the Snake is an extremely productive fishery, offering native Snake River cutthroats, rainbows, cutt-bows, and browns. We often catch fish over 20 inches, but most. . .

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Tuesday Tips: The Best of Fall Dry-Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Woodbridge store manager Duber Winters found out last year how great fall dry-fly fishing can be in Yellowstone.
All photos courtesy Duber Winters

The shorter days and crisper nights of fall turn the thoughts of many fly fishers to hunting trophy trout with streamers, but that doesn’t mean you should put away the 4-weight rod, floating. . .

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How a Fly Pattern Makes It Into the Orvis Catalog


Written by: Phil Monahan

Brillon doesn’t judge flies by their looks; he wants to know how they perform on the water.
Photo courtesy Shawn Brillon

“Here, I’ve got something to show you,” says Shawn Brillon, the man who chooses which new fly patterns will make it into the Orvis collection. “Wait until you see my most recent submission.”

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Top 10 Dry Flies for June on the Madison River

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Guide Mike Elliott, who works for the author, releases a stunning Madison brown trout.
Photo by Tom Evenson

June in Montana is a special time—not quite summer yet, but not spring. It’s sort of an in-between time, when you can expect snow one day and 70 and sunny the next. An epic battle between. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Chuck Hawkins’s Top 10 Michigan Flies

Written by: Chuck Hawkins, Hawkins Outfitters


Chuck Hawkins loves the variety of fishing opportunities in his native Michigan.
Photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

Kirk Deeter, writer for the Field and Stream blog, recently said that he believes that Michigan is the top fly-fishing state in the union. One of the main reasons he believes this is that tremendous diversity of. . .

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Lord of the Flies: How Shawn Brillon Decides Which Patterns Make It Into the Orvis Catalog


Written by: Phil Monahan

Brillon doesn’t judge flies by their looks; he wants to know how they perform on the water.
Photo courtesy Shawn Brillon

“Here, I’ve got something to show you,” says Shawn Brillon, the man who chooses which new fly patterns will make it into the Orvis collection. “Wait until you see my most recent submission.”

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