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RiverBum Fly Fishing Blog

Fly Fishing for Water Wolves

When I was about 5 years old, I pulled a huge Northern Pike out through the ice and screamed to my dad that I caught an alligator….or so the family story goes. The point here is, Pike are not for the faint of heart, this isn’t your alpine trout fishing trip. Big one can measure in at [...]

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Bass Fly Fishing for the Beginner

Most of us that have bass fished started off using conventional gear.....as in spinning rods and bait casters. However, fly fishing for bass has some key advantages over conventional gear.  Advantages to Fly Fishing for Bass The biggest advantage is that you are in constant contact with the line. Any subtle take, you're going to [...]

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​Fly Fishing and Fantasy Football

So, I took up playing fantasy football 5 seasons ago. I’ve been to the playoffs four out of five years and have won it all twice. Not too bad I think, especially since others have been doing it 15 years and only won once.So what’s the secret to my success?  I would have to say, adaptation. [...]

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Top Trout Flies

The question I’m often asked is what are the top trout flies?  At RiverBum, we have over 3,500 fly patterns. That’s a lot for sure. But wherever in the US you fish for trout, these trout flies are must haves for any flybox. 1. Adams It’s no secret I’m a dry fly fisher. It’s also no secret [...]

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Go Sub Surface For Fishing Success

You know I’m a dry fly guy. But even a dry fly guy needs to go underwater from time to time. Truth be told, you will put far more fish to the net using a wet fly or nymph than you will a dry fly. Over 80% of a fish’s diet is eaten under water.Wet FlysPrince's, Hare’s [...]

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​Dry Flies for the Non Hatch

If you’re like me, you love a dry fly bite, there’s nothing like seeing the take on the surface. It’s pure adrenaline. However, early and late in the year, insect hatches aren’t exactly prolific. So what’s a dry fly guy to do?  Temperatures Above 55 Well, if the water temperature is above 55 degrees, you break out the dries! [...]

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​Bucket Mouths on the Fly

Many of us grew up gear fisherman going after bass. I know I did. Fly Fishing for bass takes bass fishing to a whole other level. Some say it is more difficult. There could be some truth to that. However, using a fly rod, you more delicate presentation in your favor, one [...]

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​Bluegill, The Gateway Drug

Which one of us doesn’t have fond memories of grabbing a spinning rod, bobber, hooks and some worms and hitting the ‘ole fishing hole? For many of us, that’s how we all got started. That little tug was the drug! Fly Fishing With Kids - Start With Bluegill A great way to get your kids started in the sport [...]

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Fly Boy Talks Hook & Fly Sizes

Catching fish is all about presentation and the offering. You’ve got to have the combination of the right fly fishing fly, the right hook size, and a good drift. “Fly” is a pretty general term. The term generates from the original flies were tied to represent….well flying insects. Nowadays though, there are tons of patterns representing everything from a [...]

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​Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks: The Fly First Cast

So much attention is given to casting distance when talking about fly fishing. Super stiff graphite rods, where a 5wt feels more like a 6wt or 7wt of years gone past. The truth is, casting distance is great for competition and showing off, but for your average trout angler, it’s really irrelevant. You want to be able [...]

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