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General Fishing Articles

Find some general fishing articles that may be of interest to you.

Fly Balance

Fly Balance From a practical perspective a fly should fulfill a number of criteria in order to consistently catch fish. There are obvious criteria such as the right size or…

How To Rig Hooks With Tapam Special Tube Flies

How To Rig Hooks With Tapam Special Tube Flies The "Tapam Special" is a large baitfish pattern that I developed for the big tarpon at Tapam Lodge in Nicaragua. One…

How to Choose the Best Double Handed Fly Rod and Line Combination for Steelhead

How to Choose the Best Double Handed Fly Rod and Line Combination for Steelhead The selection of a good rod and line combination can be challenging. I commonly get requests…

Steelhead Fly Pattern Variation – Does It Matter?

Steelhead Fly Pattern Variation - Does It Matter? In steelhead fly fishing there appear to be two schools of thought; the first school attributes very little importance to the fly…

The Franc ‘n Snaelda Crustacean and Iron Maiden

The Franc 'n Snaelda "Crustacean" and "Iron Maiden" Experimenting with new fly patterns is one of the many aspects of fly fishing that I enjoy. Our sport has endless opportunities…

End of Season – Start of an Adventure

End of Season - Start of an Adventure Here is a link to a blog article by Guideline Power Team member Kalle Grahn. It is a trip report of a…

Fly Fishing for Spring-Run Steelhead

Fly Fishing for Spring-Run Steelhead The early signs of spring's arrival on the North Coast of British Columbia start in March, when the days noticeably lengthen and the sun regains…

How to Rig Tube Flies

How to Rig Tube Flies As tube flies are becoming more popular we see an increase in types of tubes and the ways that they are rigged with a hook.…

The “King’s Candy” Bait Fish Pattern

The "King's Candy" Bait Fish Pattern King's Candy Bait Pattern Chinook salmon, also known as King Salmon, are 100% piscivores; that means they only forage on bait fish. The most…

Interview: Derek Barber on Chinook Rigging

Interview: Derek Barber on Chinook Rigging Derek Barber is a well-known and respected guide on the lower Skeena drainage. He was part of a group of anglers who greatly contributed…

Battling Giants in Southern Chile

Battling Giants in Southern Chile Skeena River Fly Supply Team member Derek Barber went to southern Chile to check out a newly discovered Chinook fishery down there. I asked Derek to test some…

Metal Tubes: A Review

Metal Tubes: A Review Tube flies have been around for many years, but not until recent have they become popular in North America. There are many advantages to tubes; a…

Practical Tips On The Use of Snow Runner

Practical Tips On The Use of Snow Runner Snow Runner is a great new natural hair with excellent qualities for fly tying. It has just the right amount of stiffness…

A DOT Tube Closer Pattern Variation of the Classic Green Butt Skunk

A DOT Tube Closer Pattern Variation of the Classic Green Butt Skunk Our new DOT tubes are developed to accommodate hook sizes commonly used in Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead fishing…

Nutria Hackle – the better alternative to traditional feather hackle.

When I started testing Frances, Snaelda and Franc ‘n Snaelda patterns for steelhead I ran into a couple of “issues” with the patterns. Firstly the traditional body with ribbing did…

Preparing for Battle

Each year I find myself travelling more and more to fishing destinations around the globe…… Some might say my life is one big fishing trip. But I am talking, fishing…

Management of Nutria (Coypu)

Although this is a great fur, there are some very important points in its use: The skin upon which you find the Nutria is good leather, provided it has been…

Doubling Hackles

This is the method I use for doubling a hackle feather for any type of fly. This works for whatever type of hackle feather is used; cock hackle, hen hackle,…

“UV or not UV; that is the question.”

Most fish have a vision that is similar to ours, but with better low light and contrast detection, and many species can see light in a lower spectrum than we…

“Seek & Destroy” Steelhead Dry Flies

"Seek & Destroy" Steelhead Dry Flies Living and guiding on the Bulkley River, one of the best steelhead dry fly rivers in the world,  has given me great opportunity to…

“Formula 1”; a novel wing support method

In order to create the most volume and action in a fly pattern, I came up with this variation on the “dubbing ball” technique. Rather then using dubbing, or chenille…

The Jaap Kalkman Signature Series

  This series of steelhead flies has been developed over the past 30 years. It is based on my own fishing experience here in the Skeena drainage and knowledge that I acquired…

Keep It Simple

Here is a very simple and easy way of rigging your tube flies. This is how I rig all of my wet flies. Whether fishing Steelhead and Salmon here at…

The Snow Runner Brush Fly – a concept pattern.

Below is a sequence of tying steps for a Snow Runner brush fly. This patterns utilizes a number of specific materials and techniques that make it an attractive pattern for…

Cone Heads: variations and use

  Cone heads are commonly used to finish the head of a tube fly. They can also be used to finish the head on shanks or hooks, or as a…

Foxes

Foxes In this article the different breeds and species of fox are described. The characteristics of the fur varieties, and their importance to the fly tier is discussed. In spite…