The Sage R8 Core 9′ 5wt: One Year Review

Sage R8 5wt Fly Rod

Arguably, trout anglers use a 5wt more than any other rod. Sure you may have a 4wt that is perfect for feeding dries to picky fish. Or a 6wt for chucking streamers. But the rod in your quiver that likely gets the most use is your trusty 5wt. Which is why, in my opinion, if…

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How To Tie: Hex Girlfriend

Hex Girlfriend Fly Pattern Tutorial

The first time that I fished a Hex (Hexagenia) hatch it was insane. The water was literally boiling with fish. Good cast, shitty cast, it didn’t matter. The fish weren’t selective. We caught so many rainbows, cuts, and browns that we lost count.  At the time, I was fishing an oversized yellow Parachute Adams tied…

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How To Tie: Night Leach

Night Leach

This fly, created by my dad, Steve Probasco, has become my “go to” leach pattern – especially in the evening hours. Not only is this fly good for trout, but when tied in a variety of colors; brown, blue, purple, red, etc., it is a great smallmouth bass fly too. As Steve writes in his…

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Let’s Go with Plan D

Plan D Fly Box

Have you ever seen an up and coming band in concert and had them completely blow you away, leaving you wanting to tell all your friends about them? In the world of fly fishing gear, Plan D fly boxes are my Dave Matthews Band. (I first saw DMB in 1995 as the opening band in…

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The Best Way to Connect Fly Line to Backing

Blind Splice Loop

For beginning fly fishermen, the number of knots can be overwhelming – especially when there are several knots that can be used to do the same thing. How do you choose which one to use? Considerations include: how easy is the knot to tie? What is the knot strength? How bulky is the knot? Are…

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Choosing the Perfect Steelhead Fly Reel

Hardy Perfect

I love fly reels, so much so that I have several of them on display in my living room. It took a while, but I finally convinced my wife that fly reels pass for fine art. For some, a reel is just a line holder. But for me, when the perfect reel and rod come…

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How To Tie: Night Terror

Night Terror

Don’t be fooled by this steelhead fly’s simplicity. Designed for movement, the Night Terror undulates and pulses in the current without losing bulk and profile – and to top it off, it is easy to cast! With the popular Nightmare jig as inspiration, I set out to create what I now call the Night Terror…

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How To Tie: Morrish Hopper

Morrish Hopper

During hopper season, there is nothing I’d rather have in my fly box than a Morrish Hopper. While this ultra-realistic “fly” can be tied in several color variations, including the classic Tan and Olive, I have gone crazy and made some that are even purple and yellow – and they catch just as many fish…

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