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World Record Rainbow Trout | Plus, USA Record & Runners Up


Something Almost Prehistoric  I have noticed that amongst anglers in my state (Pennsylvania, PA), rainbow trout seem to sometimes be looked at through a different lens than eastern brook trout or german browns. The rainbow trout is PA’s most stocked fish, and if you’re catching a lot of them, much less trophy-sized ones, it is …

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Larger Than Life–The World Record Largemouth Bass

Record Largemouth Bass feature

A Search For, “The One” Despite my predilection for fly fishing, I do still appreciate a good pond hopping session in search of largemouth bass. The appeal of pursuing these fish is recognized the world over, and during the course of this article, I’ve been able to see monstrous specimens of bass pulled from all …

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World Record Brown Trout + USA And Runners Up (The Biggies)


Straight Up Giant! When I began replacing my ultralight spinning rod with a fiberglass two-piece fly rod, I was (and still often am) astounded at the quality and duration of the fight that even small fish provided. Fish that were at best a distraction from the aggressive, heavy brown trout I target, and at worst, …

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Best Streamers For Trout | Proven To Catch More Fish (Top 9)


Swing, Strip, Set! A streamer is a type of subsurface fly that is meant to be fished on the retrieve and most often imitates larger trout forage like baitfish, crayfish, tadpoles, and larger insects. The retrieve is what imparts these flies with an erratic, wounded, or fleeing action, often enticing trout to suddenly and quite …

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Euro Nymph Leaders With Lance Egan & Ben Wilcox of Team USA


Euro nymphing At A Glance The appeal is easy to understand. Euro nymphing (also known as “tightline nymphing” or “Czech nymphing”) is a way to efficiently and effectively get your flies in front of trout. Through the use of heavy weighted flies, anglers can deliver natural presentations to trout while they’re holding at the bottom …

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Best Fly Fishing Books, Our Top 12 Reviewed (2022)


The snow and sleet is usually signal that it’s time to sit down at the vise and prepare boxes for the spring, patiently waiting for opening day and the trout that come with it. Personally, I will still occasionally return to the waters that are permitted for winter fishing, but I too use the winter …

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Fly Fishing For Winter Trout | Into The Cold


Into the Cold Christmas music is already incessantly blaring from the local department stores in my small hometown, and has been since the day after Halloween. The water temperature of my local creeks and streams has been on a steady decline, and daylight is in short supply since the changing of the clocks. For most, …

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Angler Conservation | Aaron Adams, PhD. of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust


Anchor fly had the privilege of sitting down with the Director of Science and Conservation for Bonefish and Tarpon Trust and Senior Scientist at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Aaron Adams, for an interview on some of the biggest challenges facing our watersheds. Dr. Adams highlights some of the main concerns …

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Blind Luck: A Story of Friendship and Fishing

Bing Bass

My Introduction to Bing Smith III I first met Bing (yes, like Bing Crosby) when I started working as a line cook at Lock Haven University. I jumped on the line during dinner, and it was hectic and busy. Management was training me on the job, and as my boss was manning the grill, he …

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Angler Conservation: An Interview With TU’s Senior Scientist


Our team wanted to understand the crucial challenges facing our watersheds, and what steps anglers can take to protect our fisheries. Anchor Fly has recently had the honor and great fortune of sitting down with Dr. Helen Neville, Trout Unlimited’s senior scientist. Helen is a leader in conservation science for native trout and in April of …

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Fall Fly Fishing | Flies & Lies = Size

Jason Fall Fishing

In early September, many trout fishermen in Central Pennsylvania have called it quits for the season. For some, fall and the coming winter mean it’s time to hang up the rods, clean the reels, and sit down at the vise to replenish our boxes. However, this means that there’s more room on the water for …

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Types of Fishing Reels Explained: Reels 101 (2022 Buyer’s Guide)

Reel types-Fly reel vs spin reel

This is a comprehensive guide explaining everything you need to know about the different types of fishing reels out there, plus the downfalls of each, if applicable. The resource below will unveil: Basic reel anatomy Vocabulary  The 5 most common reel types Their respective applications How to cast them Their differences Downfalls if applicable Conclusion …

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Fly Fishing For Bass | Behavior, Seasons, Flies & Gear

smallmouth bass underwater

Introduction Our intention is to help the new fly fisher get acquainted with fly fishing for bass and elaborate on material for the experienced angler as well. If you have read our past resource on bass species you will know there are roughly 9 species of bass—the most common being the smallmouth and largemouth bass. …

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Bass Species Explained | Black vs Temperate, Peacock, Smallies & More!

Smallmouth Bass

Introduction In this article, we have created a catalog for all North American bass species. It is designed to help inform anglers on the basic regions, environments, physical characteristics, and habits of the numerous bass species. In this resource we will cover: Smallmouth Bass Largemouth Bass Spotted (Kentucky) Bass Guadalupe Bass Alabama Bass Florida Bass …

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TROUT SPECIES 101 | Plus, Palomino vs Golden Rainbow


Updated on Nov. 17, 2022 Introduction In the article below we have created a catalog for all the North American trout species. It is designed to help inform the new angler and expert on some of the basic regions, physical characteristics, and habits of these magnificent fish. The types of trout we discuss herein include: …

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Fly Fishing w/ streamers | Tips, flies, setup & More

Zonker Streamers Trout Fly Fishing Flies Lures

Streamer fishing is exciting, fun, & explosive—a staple technique for all fly anglers to have in their arsenal. This comprehensive resource guide covers everything you need to know about fly fishing with streamers. In this guide we’ll cover: Types of streamer flies When to fish streamers? Streamer fishing setup How to fish with streamers? Streamer …

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