Reach Spey Casts – Aerial Mending with 2 Handed Rods

Aerialized mending is a common technique used by proficient anglers casting single handed rods.  Reach casts, curve casts, tuck casts, puddle casts, and more all provide solutions to technical dry fly and nymphing presentation dilemmas.  In the end, the reason we use...

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Rods, Reels, and Lines for Euro Nymphing

Many of the most common questions that I am asked about Euro Nymphing here at Big Sky Anglers have to do with rods, reels, and lines.  In this post, I hope to explain my own preferences, and hopefully simplify the process of gearing up for those interested in getting...

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Hatch Profile – Damselflies

While most of the insect species that fly anglers find relevant exist in relative obscurity outside of our odd band of brothers and sisters, the damselfly is well known to nearly anyone who has spent time near water.  Their adult forms are fairly large, with...

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Finding the Rhythm in the Motherland of Steelhead

I hadn’t caught a steelhead since 2001. Maybe 2002.  While the memories of the fish are still vivid and clear, what year it was doesn’t really matter anymore.  At the time, I was fishing a two-piece, single hand, Winston IM6 eight weight, swinging flies in Idaho with...

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Big Sky Anglers Featured Fly – Olive Jig Bugger

Originator:  Fulling Mill Hook: Tactical barbless 60 deg jig hook, #12 Thread: 8/0 Olive Bead: 1/8” Brass or Tungsten (Black Nickel) Tail: Olive Chickabou Legs: Olive dyed partridge or hen soft hackle Body: Olive hares ear or hares ear blend Rib: Ultra Wire, Brassie,...

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