3 Effective Smallmouth Bass Fly Lines Fly line selection is the most important part of any fly fishing setup. Fishing for smallmouth bass on the fly is not different. Smallmouth take a wide variety of flies in a wide variety of presentations, so you want a versatile line. Smallies are typically found in more temperate [...]

Can I Use Braided Line Fly Fishing? by Ben Braided line was a favourite of mine back in my spin fishing days. I loved the sensitivity it gave due to lack of stretch, especially when vertically jigging. Naturally, I wondered if braided fishing line had a place in fly fishing? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work very [...]

Can I Use Braided Line Fly Fishing? Braided line was a favourite of mine back in my spin fishing days. I loved the sensitivity it gave due to lack of stretch, especially when vertically jigging. Naturally, I wondered if braided fishing line had a place in fly fishing? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work very well as [...]

What is the difference between a leader and tippet in fly fishing? While they are quite similar, they are two distinct components of your fly fishing setup. Let’s clarify exactly what a leader is, what tippet is, and the difference between the two. What is a Leader in Fly Fishing? A leader is the section [...]

Crappie are an ideal fish species to target by fly fishing, and it’s honestly surprising you don’t see it more often. They are an extremely popular panfish, and are typically targeting on ultra-light spinning gear. The lures used for crappie fishing often look suspiciously like flies that we fly anglers use all the time. An [...]

A pumpkinseed. One of many species of sunfish. Panfish are one of the most accessible types of fish in North America. Additionally, these fish are both eager to take flies and put up quite a fight for their size when hooked. This combination of traits makes sunfish the perfect fly fishing target not just for [...]

When and Where do Crappie Spawn? by Ben When Do Crappie Spawn? Crappie spawn in the spring. During the spring, crappie move from their deeper water lies to shallow breeding areas. Spawning activity starts when temperatures approach 10C (50F) – 15C (60F). Activity increases as the temperature does, with peak breeding activity around 20C (68F). [...]

How do I carry a fishing net? This question can be one of the more puzzling aspects of a fly fishing setup. Where do you put it? How do you attach the net to the fly fishing vest? What mechanism will keep the net in place, and how easily can I access the net? Generally, [...]