Tying The Zebra Midge Fly

Zebra midge tying variation using a yak hair wing

This post was last updated on June 1st, 2022 at 11:00 pm Its mid winter here in Idaho, so what better way to spend the time than tying the Zebra midge fly. These are often some of the most productive fly patterns to use during the winter and they are also very simple. A lot … Read more

Discover the History and Evolution of Fly Tying

Color plate from 1860 showing how to tie flies

This post was last updated on December 29th, 2015 at 12:50 amFly Tying’s History Most historians believe that Chinese fishermen were the first to utilize artificial flies, with a mind to catching more fish! The first known design featured the feather of a kingfisher, which functioned as hook-style bait. This fly dates back to several … Read more

Why Do Fly Fishing Only Sections of River Exist?

Fly fishing only sign on the Madison river in Yellowstone.

Sometimes it might seem unfair and just plain wrong that sections of great trout rivers only allow fly fishing. Rest assured there is a logical explanation why fly fishing only and artificial lures only areas exist—in this post I’ll explain why. Why is Fly Fishing Better for the Fish? It’s simple really, when a trout … Read more

Michigan Steelhead Rivers

A steelhead caught in Michigan on the Pere Marquette river

This post was last updated on March 7th, 2016 at 01:19 amThe Rivers of Michigan that Have Steelhead Runs Update – 03/06/2016: See the new Michigan interactive steelhead river map here – Hot off the press The state of Michigan has a lot of great rivers for steelhead fishing. No matter where you are located … Read more

Bluegill Fishing with Flies

Flyfishing bluegill

This post was last updated on December 5th, 2014 at 03:20 pmBluegill Fishing with A Fly Rod As you are probably aware; bluegill are found in nearly every lake and pond in the US, so it makes perfect sense to make them a target for fly fishing. Not only are they great fighters, but they … Read more

Types of Hackle and Fly Tying Feathers

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This post was last updated on August 7th, 2021 at 09:57 pmPut most simply, hackles are feathers that are used to make fly fishing ties. These feathers are used to make flies that either sink under water or float on the surface of it, in order to make fish think that the fly is an … Read more