The Bead-Head Soft Hackle is a cross between a 100-year-old Yorkshire soft-hackle wet fly pattern and the modern bead-head nymph. Beads, made from glass, brass, or tungsten, have been added to every popular nymph pattern over the past few years. They add sparkle and weight without having to tie lead wire under
The first essential fly tying tool is a vise, which holds the hook securely so that you can use both hands to manipulate thread and materials. When buying a vise for fly tying, there are a number of factors to consider: size, type of jaw system, clamp vs. pedestal bottom, and
Casting the fly is a matter of timing, not strength. Many beginning fishermen use more force than necessary, which results in a sloppy and less accurate cast. Casts should be as short as possible: in most freshwater fishing, you can approach within 50′ of the fish, so long casts are usually
Most people’s first experience with fishing is freshwater fishing in lakes, rivers, or streams. This guide focuses on fishing with a standard spinning reel, as opposed to fly fishing, which uses a fly rod and a very lightweight lure. If you want to go fishing, the first thing you should do is find
In fly casting, what will make you end with success is a tight loop. Since a small sized loop can make longer casts more effortless to throw, your success rate goes up when you use one. Hence, as a fly caster, you must know how to get a tight loop.