Ok so winter Fly fishing is slow for many, and only the brave are facing the elements of mother nature. For the herds of fly fishers sitting around awaiting the spring fishing season to resume in full swing, I have some great news for you all so put away the Instagram, put down the bobbin and listen up.
We at the fly-Fishing Insider have complied a list of the 10 best blogs to not only cure your winter blues but keep you up to date on all your fly-fishing needs year-round.
1. Moldy Chum.
Posts per week: 20 approximately.
Moldy Chum describes themselves as a grass roots Fly fishing brand, featuring articles on travel, conversation, fly fishing experiences and informational content, news related to the fly-fishing industry. If your looking for great content don’t let the name scare you off there is nothing moldy here just fresh vibrant content that once can consume all day, week, month and year long.
2. The Fiberglass Manifesto.
Posts per week: 3 +
Website: the fiberglassmanifesto.com
TFM features a great niche market about fiber glass fly rods. They recently evolved into articles and blogs about reels, artists, filmmakers, rods, conservation and trips. Reading TFM you will be guaranteed to get your fill of fly-fishing content and will in no time become a fiberglass rod aficionado using the hashtag #glassisnotdead.
3. Hatch Magazine.
Posts per week: 2+
Ok the guys at hatch magazine cover it all. From gear reviews, trips, conservation, politics, travel and destinations to industry news. So basically, if its fly fishing related its on hatch magazines website somewhere. I am personally a big fan of this both hatches content and style of blogs.
4. Tail fly Fishing Magazine.
Posts per week: 1+
Tail fly fishing mag is the “voice for saltwater fly fishing”. Alright so the team over at tail have such a great layout with in their articles on the site. The pictures are breath taking for all you visual readers out there. But most of all the content is simply top shelf with lots of back issues to keep you informed on fly fishing in the salt all year long, Period.
5. Gink and Gasoline.
Posts per week. 2+
Gink and gasoline well theses guys have been around for many years now so paying respects is due. Buts that not the only reason to read, follow like and share theses guys. Its their consistency of delivering great content week after week. They cover everything you need related to travel trips and destinations and many cools stories. Oh, yea the theses two always have some of the coolest photo shots in fly fishing.
6. Fly life Magazine.
FLM heavily focuses on costal saltwater fishing in Florida, Bahamas and Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Theses guys feature both travel and destination articles, instructional videos and blog articles, how tos and tips also strong local Florida focuses on current industry and conservational events. So if your looking to up your saltwater game than start here first.
7. Post Fly the Wade.
Post per week: 2+
Ok post fly box the wade, I must admit I was confused at first but like all things new I got used to it and more I dug around the site week after week, the more I found the content hits a homer. Theses guys have amazing content from current to dating back to 2014. They cover everything fly fishing including reviews on there own cool products, which is ok with me their products deliver.
8. Fly Fish Food.
Post per week: 1+
Fly fish food is a full-service website and blog. They are focused towards the fly tyer, and most like 99% of the content is fly tying related. Cool right. Well here you will find feature videos, content on patterns and materials you guess it for fly tying. Ok so guilty ever time I visit this site I get lost in the fly-tying rabbit hole for hours. So, if you have like 3 days to kill click here.
9. Fly Craft Angling Adventures.
Post per week: 5
FCA hits home for me as most of my personal fishing is done on still water. And the guys behind this blog and all its entities are the kings of still water. This blog offers, knowledge of gear, entomients AKA bugs, tips lots of tips, and of course how tos. The content is fresh and exciting. If your trying to level up your Stillwater game than this blog site has it all. And most of all it covers in great detail chromnimid fishing a personal favorite of mine.
10. The Fly-Fishing Insider.
Posts per week: 1+
Fly fishing Insider Podcast and reviews ok we added ourselves to the list, but that’s because we cover fly fishing industry leaders, brands and news. We feature gear reviews, hot and trending topics all brought to you in a fun and entering approach, cause that’s who we are fun and entering. All kidding aside we cover so much content either on our podcast, you tube channel or blog platforms. So, if looking for the most Fly-fishing content you can cram into your brain than follow us on our many platforms.
Yes, I am sure that I left out or forgot a few others, but this is our top ten list and well there is only ten spots out of the hundreds of fly-fishing blogs on this planet. I can honestly say this tho if you find a blogger who’s content really resonates with you and you get what you need from it then mission accomplished.
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By Fly Fishing Insider.
The weather is starting to warm, the days are longer and were finely in the double digits on the thermostat. Yes, spring is in the air. And you like so many others are checking the local fly shop website in hopes that the fishing report will read ice off on one of your early seasons go to lakes.
The thing about ice off is this, fishing can be hit our miss and we have all been there before. But this year its going be different you tell yourself, and you know what it is your going to ready and prepared now thanks to your friends at the fly-fishing Insider we have 10 early ice off tips to help you catch more fish this season.
So, take notes and listen up here are your 10 tips put you on more fish after ice off according to various guides and experts we asked, interviewed and been told by.
Tip #1: Be ready and be prepared, bring different rods with different lines from floating to sinking theses spring days can be super unpredictable with a quick hatch coming off for an hour to a full day on sink line and deep.
Tip #2: Diversify your fly box and have some secret ice off flies in there such as a blob, boobie and balanced leech theses flies are a must have before even leaving the house.
Tip #3: Go slow, no really fish slowly and strip slower than normal, let the fly sink down slowly even give the fly a slight twitch slowly theses are some keys to striking success.
Tip #4: Start in the shallows and don’t be afraid to fish in 2 to 3 ft of water as this water is warmer and more alive with food sources for those hungry trout.
Tip #5: Fluorocarbon leaders are a must year-round but if I had to choose it would be in the spring where they are most important. Trout are spooky and slow and will closely check a fly often before a strike occurs. You don’t want to lose any chances on an already slow time.
Tip #6: Micro leeches, in a mix of colours. Many anglers like the pumpkin head I find that a black leech with a little flash will work great if fished just off the bottom in shallows.
Tip #7: If the shallows are unproductive try deeper and drag your leech along the bottom with a full sink line beadhead leeches are a great fly choice. Long leaders are also suggested.
Tip #8: Often overlooked or forgotten about till you re on the water, is to pre stretch out any old lines that have sat on the reel all winter or especially new ones that you may have got for Christmas as the cold temps could further increase the line curl resulting in a delayed or missed hook set.
Tip #9: Blobs, it seems as thou the blob is the new ice off fly for some reason. Personally, I think is causes it confuses the trout into thinking its cloud of daphnia. So, make sure you stock up on theses littles guys before coming out.
Tip #10: Make sure that all equipment is working from boat motors, batteries are charged up, anchor ropes are uncoiled, drain plugs are properly and correctly in place and all boat safety equipment is working.
The Fly-Fishing Insider wishes you some great early Ice off Fishing, this season. and we want to know what tips worked best for you.