Our Interview with Nicole March of The Quilted Tyer is Live! Check it Out!

Join us for our conversation with Nicole March of The Quilted Tyer - possibly the busiest person in fly fishing! We cover it all from her work as an EMT and a medical tattooist, to The Quilted Tyer, to writing for Fly Tyer and more volunteer work than we have room to list here! Give it a listen here! Thanks again to this episode’s sponsor, Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival.

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Holiday Gift Suggestions from The Articulate Fly

Whether you are treating yourself for the holidays or looking for something for that special fly fishing someone, you should seriously consider one of these great books by the authors we have interviewed in 2018. They are all available on Amazon, and, if you don’t tarry, they will easily arrive before Christmas! You won’t be disappointed!

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It's Better to be Knotty Than Nice

As the first major snowstorm of the season departs the Southeast, many anglers have officially shifted gears to their “Winter” program. Sure, many of us still fish, but quite a few of us shift our focus to hunting or preparing for next season. Winter is a great time to refill our fly boxes and prepare for warmer days without the fear of missing out.

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Principles of Fly Selection

We have spent quite a bit of time studying the insects commonly found in a trout’s diet and the importance of matching the hatch. The next step is to convert this knowledge into selecting the appropriate fly. While it is tempting to search for the “perfect” pattern, more often than not, you will be better served by focusing on presentation. You will be more successful presenting the “wrong” fly well than the “perfect” fly poorly. Focus on learning to fish a few patterns well. Starting out, if you learn to fish a Pheasant’s Tail, a Hare’s Ear, a Parachute Adams, and an Elk Hair Caddis, you will catch plenty of fish!

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Midges (Part II): Fishing the Dry

As a midge hatch progresses, the pupae finally make their way to the water’s surface. To fish your pupa imitation in the film, simply grease the end of your leader with your favorite liquid or paste floatant. If you want to take the guesswork out of strike detection, you have a couple of options. You can use an extremely small strike indicator. I prefer a small tuft of wool or yarn to avoid spooking trout with the plop of strike putty or a small, hard indicator. Or, you can fish the pupa imitation as a dropper off of a dry fly. Don’t forget to grease the tippet in front of your pupa imitation!

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Midges (Part I): Larva and Emergers

Like the caddis, the midge’s life cycle has three parts: larva, pupa and adult. While midges are small, their abundance makes them a staple in the trout’s diet - particularly in the colder months and on tailwaters. The midge’s small size intimidates many anglers, but it is important to remember that the “match the hatch” techniques we have already learned are equally applicable to midge fishing. From a tactics perspective, a few tweaks can greatly decrease the frustration of fishing smaller flies. For instance, you can pre-tie your midge rigs or use a fly threader like the ones in the C&F Design Fly Threader box. You simply preload your midge patterns onto the threader, and, when you insert your tippet into the threader and pull off a fly, the midge pops off with the tippet threaded. From there, use a simpler knot like the Davy Knot, and you are home free!

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