Fox’s Caddis Poopah – Fly Tying Video Instructions

Check out this killer pupa pattern tied by our friends at In The Riffle. It is a Caddis Poopah emerger that can be tied in two main colors – Brown and Olive. This pattern is best fished on a nymph rig setup with the Caddis Poopah as your lead fly. An emerger is a pupa that is changing in to the adult life stage of the fly. As it sheds its casing, the top of the emerger starts to show its body and wings. It rises up through the water column to the surface to complete its transformation to an adult caddis fly.


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How to match a Fly Rod, Fly Reel, Fly Line, Leader, and Tippet

One of the most challenging things for me when I started fly fishing was figuring out what kind of fly rod, fly line, leader, and tippet to use. There are a ton of options and you can easily be overwhelmed when trying to figure it out on your own. My goal is to give you a starting point to understanding how to match a fly rod, reel, line, leader and tippet. Continue reading “How to match a Fly Rod, Fly Reel, Fly Line, Leader, and Tippet”

3 Key Features to Understand Fly Fishing Leaders

The leader is probably one of the most important considerations when putting together a fly fishing set up. My goal here is to help you understand the differences and how they affect your fly fishing experience.

The Taper

The first thing to understand about leaders is that they are tapered. This means the end that connects to the fly line is thicker than the end the fly ties to. Nowadays, most leaders are manufactured in one seamless piece. But there are also hand tied leaders where a progressively smaller tippet size is used from the thick end to the thin. The reason leaders are tapered is to create a gentle presentation when the fly hits the water. The thicker end helps to turn over the thinner end with the fly attached to it. Then, the thinner end can Continue reading “3 Key Features to Understand Fly Fishing Leaders”

The Joy of Fly Fishing

The evening was coming to a close, and I was reflecting of the events of the day. The fish that I caught and released, the eagle that circled the lake in search of its meal, the beauty of the mountains with the aspens in full glory. I was at peace. Fly fishing is a way that many have found to get away from the pressures of life and to recharge the batteries of our spirits. Fly fishing requires that you become engulfed in the environment around you and to gain appreciation of the characteristics of the mystical trout.

The most appealing aspect of the art of fly fishing is the continued growth that is experienced by the individual. The methods of casting, the study of insect life, the habitat of the rivers and lakes, and understanding fly patterns, as well as, how to use them to catch the trout is but the beginning. The import thing, is not to over think this process and Continue reading “The Joy of Fly Fishing”