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High Country Fly Fishing UTV Rig

High Country Fly Fishing UTV Rig

Or, how fat guys get up the mountain... Years ago when we made our first of many trips to what's become one of our favorite high mountain fishing destinations, we jammed into my 100,000+ mile Tacoma and beat the living hell out of it getting up the mountain. To this day I remember peering up at the steepest and most boulder-strewn section of the trail thinking there's no way my poor little truck can make it up there. Somehow it did. But now as the truck has been retired from active fishing duty, we've moved on to more efficient means to get around in the back (ish) country. As we've built out what we think is an ideal rig to fish from these lakes and streams, we've been asked about the setup. So without getting too nerdy about it, here's a short video on what we use to get up and around the mountains where we fish.

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Quick Tip: How to whip finish crowded heads

Quick Tip: How to whip finish crowded heads

No more bound fibers Caddis pattern with deer hair and hackle Anyone that's tied more than a few flies knows how some patterns end up being more difficult to whip finish due to hackle, hair or other fibers that can get in the way of your whip finish. You usually end up with the thread binding down some stray hackle or a few strands of antron because the whip finish wraps are somewhat difficult to control such that you can avoid those stray fibers. So here's a quick tip on how to manage your bobbin, thread control and whip finisher in order to end up with a clean fiber-free head. Part of the trick here, in addition to the technique, is the use of a smaller sized whip finisher. I now use the TMC Dual Whip Finisher for all of my tying (both big and small patterns) because of the extra control it gives when working around tight spaces like this. The TMC Midge Whip Finisher is also another great option for this. -- Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher       

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Bionic Ant

Bionic Ant

Bionic Ant My favorite summer-time fishing technique is to float rivers from a Fly Craft or Hyde drift boat and accurately cast ants to weary, bank-hugging Trout.  Until about 10 years ago I largely overlooked the importance of ants and beetles for summertime Trout.  Sure, I fished a lot of cicadas in early summer, hoppers late summer and even threw the odd cricket pattern but I rarely fished ants.  I've since learned what I was missing!  I find this to be true of most of my fly fishing friends and fly shop customers.  Generally speaking, we seek out hatches and otherwise nymph or toss streamers during non-hatch periods.  While all of that is fun (and can be very productive), I relish the opportunity to fish dry flies, and large ants have become my summertime go-to dries. Getting an ant pattern that is buoyant, easy to see, and fish approved wasn't easy.  There are several patterns out there that check one of  those boxes, maybe two, but rarely all three.  The Bionic Ant

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Carp Hybrid Variation

Carp Hybrid Variation

Add Some "Tickle" to Your Carp Game Carp are superfish. I have done some carping in the last several years, but it wasn't until about last year that it has become more of something that I plan to do as opposed to a plan B trip.  Carp are excellent fish to fight because they will absolutely kick you in the nether regions if you are not on your A game.  Trout are built like first generation Kia vehicles where you really have to baby them to ensure their survival, but Carp are built like military grade Hummvees with extra gas in the tank.  They have specialized scent that pick up the slightest bit of non-natural scent on your flies, they have specialized gill systems that deliver oxygen to their bloodstream more efficiently than a trout, and they have battle armor that even a missile from Kim Jong Dangus couldn't penetrate.  Yes, in my opinion they are a superfish that make a very worthy target for the fly fisher.   If you have tried carp fishing you have pr

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