The Best Flies for Pike

Pike are apex predators.  That’s the first thing to remember when you’re trying to catch them. Virtually nothing underwater poses much of a threat to an adult pike.  Their only real threats come from bears, eagles and humans – all terrestrial creatures. While a trout may be spooked by an odd-looking fly or a loud, … Read more

The Clouser Minnow Fly Pattern

The Clouser Minnow (or Clouser Deep Minnow) is an astonishing series of patterns. It doesn’t look, at first glance, like a fly that would attract just about every game fish on the planet, in both fresh and salt water.  It’s one of the simpler patterns to tie and the original is just bucktail, krystal flash, … Read more

The 10 Best Trout Flies

Which fly catches the most fish or which fly every angler should have in their box is probably the debate that led to Dame Juliana Berners to write her book in 1496.  It’s the debate that lead to this article right now. What I’m trying to say is, people have been arguing about this forever. … Read more

The San Juan Worm

We’re digging into a controversial one here.  Opening a can of worms, if you will (I’ll stop now). Bad jokes aside, this simple pattern has caused more debates and arguments among fly anglers than, I think, any other in existence. A lot of purists will tell you that fishing the San Juan Worm isn’t fly … Read more

Green Drake Fly Pattern

Green Drakes refer both to a handful of mayfly species and to a handful of fly patterns designed to imitate them.  It’s not exactly one fly, but the use is so specific that I think it makes sense to cover the group as one. Green Drake hatches, in trout waters all over the world, are … Read more