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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
Book review: Paul Marriner's Stillwater Fly Fishing can be recommended to any stream fisher who wants to expand the available fishing waters by orders of a magnitude - turn featureless discs into interesting fishing water. One of the best books on the subject.
Martin Joergensen reviews the book here.
The Barbell Tube
Waterworks ULA reel
Set the scene: The fly photo article series continues with a section on selecting a proper background for your fly photos. It might seem a trivial task, but trust us: it is not! The background can be everything from a uniformly colored surface to all kinds of materials in strange hues.
Martin Joergensen takes you on a tour
The Visitors - Day 1
Review: I was a third into the book already the first day I had it, and finished it in just a couple of days, which in itself tells how much I liked it. I rarely give the Global Class score to other books than coffee table books with large, glossy pages and lots of snazzy and stylish photos, but this one easily earned our maximum score.
Read the review here
Better pictures: One of the most common errors we see when we see people taking pictures is that they are looking down on their subject. If you want pictures, which grab attention and have impact a good way is to lower your stance. Bend, kneel, sit even lie down to get below your motif.
Going low will improve your photography
New system: "...my hats off to the folks at Mustad for having the ability and willingness to make a change." GFF partner Bob Petti has had a look at the new Mustad Signature series and parts wth a Global Class mark for the new, improved and very consistently produced hooks - with a naming convention, which is a blessing to fly tyers.
Catch and release
How to fish with more than one fly
New DVDs from Oliver Edwards: It's clear at this point that if Oliver's name is attached to a product, then the quality is going to be high. That is certainly true of these new DVDs. He's a good story teller, a great fly tyer, and an exceptional teacher.
Click here to read GFF partner Bob Petti's full review.
Humminbird Smartcast 35
Diminutive Fish Finder: Despite its diminutive size, this innovative wrist-watch display and remote sonar sensor gives float tubers and kayakers a truly portable way to find fishy water faster. And at a MSRP of $80 USD, the price point is wallet friendly too. Read GFF's review of this handy (pun intended) device which may
increase your open water fishing success.
The Fair Fly
Fish in cream sauce
George F. Grant’s Flies
The measure tape
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