5 Reasons A Simple Fly Tying Vise Is Best

5 Reasons A Simple Fly Tying Vise Is Best

New to tying? Take my adVISE…

When I first got interested in tying my own flies, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the countless vise options available at various price points. Did I really need a fly tying vise that cost several hundred dollars? Was a rotary option actually worth it or would stationary do? Should I get one with a c-clamp or base plate? Why were there so many knobs and what in the world was that skinny metal arm sticking off the side for?

Ultimately, after asking a lot of dumb questions at the shop, and hours and hours of researching on my own, I decided to purchase a Griffin Odyssey Spider Vise. This vise is geared towards beginners, which at the time described me, but after tying thousands of patterns on this thing, I’m pretty convinced it’s the only vise I’ll ever need. Continue reading “5 Reasons A Simple Fly Tying Vise Is Best”

Winter Fly Fishing – Best Clothing for Cold Weather Fishing

Winter Fly Fishing – Best Clothing for Cold Weather Fishing

When the snow starts falling, many anglers pack up their gear and wait out the cold months, anticipating the return of long days and warm afternoons. For those willing to brave the cold, though, winter fly fishing can be a rewarding time.

In many places, fish are active and accessible year-round. Even better, you probably won’t have to compete for your favorite runs, and can often go all day without seeing another fly fisherman.

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3 Tips On How Carp Made Me A Better Fly Fisherman

3 Tips On How Carp Made Me A Better Fly Fisherman

Carp. Making lemonade out of lemons is what it’s about. Besides Oklahoma State University and Eskimo Joe’s, Stillwater is just a dot on the Oklahoma map. I am currently living there because of my dad’s Air Force ROTC job at OSU. When moving from fishing the greatest tailwater fishery on the planet, the Missouri River in Montana, to fly fishing for carp in Northern Oklahoma, one can certainly count on being bothered by the itch to get out West. But there are ways fly fishing carp can help one become a better fly fisher in general. Continue reading “3 Tips On How Carp Made Me A Better Fly Fisherman”

The Fly Fishing Obsession that Happened by Accident

The Fly Fishing Obsession that Happened by Accident

Part 1: Once I meet someone new it becomes apparent to them quite quickly that I have a lot of hobbies, like to stay busy and might be classified as having an “Type A” personality. I have a hard time sitting still and am always up for trying something new.

I rock climb, mountain bike, road bike, hike, camp, backpack, travel, hangout with my dog and am an avid photographer. Sometimes the better question is what don’t I do? For the longest time one of those hobbies was fly fishing. Continue reading “The Fly Fishing Obsession that Happened by Accident”

How To Fly Fish Using Indicator Nymphing Techniques

How To Fly Fish Using Indicator Nymphing Techniques

Have you ever been on the water and wondered why the guy or gal fishing near you continually lands fish after fish? All the while your day is going relatively uneventful. You were hoping to have a fantastic day on the water. You took the day off work, loaded up on good flies, and arrived at the water early. Why is the other person doing so well? Are they using some hot fly pattern that’s irresistible to the trout? Are they in a better spot? What if I was to tell you it is probably neither of these things… Continue reading “How To Fly Fish Using Indicator Nymphing Techniques”