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First published before January 1st 2001 - More than 13 years ago
Fly fisher's knots
Illustrations of the best knots for your flylines, leaders and tippets
LinksA test in the print magazine Fly Fisherman showed the Trilene and the Orvis knot to be equally strong and on top of that said that they were able to maintain 100% of the line strength. I really have my doubt if that will hold for all types and thicknesses of line, but still it does prove that these could be the knots of choice for the concerned fly fisher. I personally prefer knots that pass the line through the eye twice - like the Trilene and the Palomar knot. My favorite loop knot is the Surgeons loop which is easy to tie and has served me well. If I need a guiding knot, I tie the Mörrum Guiding knot.
Read the intro to the knot section
About setting up reel, backing and line
About tying your own leaders
Leader and tippet Q&A
Rod Review: On your knees, casting to a small spot fifteen or twenty feet away. Float the line behind you and then "flick" the line foward. Man, I love this rod for that kind of fishing. It's like it knows what I want to do and casts a perfect narrow loop with impressive speed.
Read the rest of Bob's review.
The Perfect Woolly
Bugger!: Many flies were developed from the Woolly Bugger, German Raoul Kempkes got back to it and created a very simple pattern which is extremely durable and very easy to tie. Only a few materials are needed to tie a great pattern which is highly versatile. The perfect Woolly Bugger!
Learn to tie it here
A South African fly tying journey
Fly-Fishing for Smallmouth
Goats and lakes
What then? How to get on...
Facts about GFF
Dr. Med.: Tobias fishes alpine waters throughout the world. His specialties however are the streams and rivers of southern Bavaria and Austria where he spends most of his free time. His scientific curiosity motivates him to continuously test modern tackle materials and innovative designs in fly fishing.
His bio here
DVD Review: Bob Jacklin is one of a handful of true legends in Fly Tying, and certainly needs no introduction here. In this DVD, he ties six of his favorite flies for fishing western trout waters - Grey Wulff, Royall Wulff, March Brown Nymph, Green Drake, Platte River Special, and Great Western Stonefly.
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Better: In this article I will try to cover some advantages and disadvantages of the shooting head over the WF line, and I will thoroughly describe the way you can configure a good shooting head system for your rod. The article will teach you how to calculate, make and trim a shooting head. It will also tell you how to cast it - just on the introductory level.
Mel Kriegers Patagonia
Staff and guest writers
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