What Makes Nymph Patterns Effective?
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by al simpson
2M ago
Over the years (? centuries), what makes nymph patterns effective has been a moving target in the minds of anglers. G.E.M. Skues, generally regarded as the “father of nymphing”, incorporated the elements of dry fly imitations in his initial patterns. In his 1921 book, “The Way of a Trout With The post What Makes Nymph Patterns Effective? appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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Return of the Thomas & Thomas Paradigm
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by al simpson
4M ago
Roughly twenty-five years ago, I acquired my first REALLY GOOD fly rod, a 905 Thomas & Thomas (T&T) Paradigm. I say acquired, because I won it at a TU fundraiser auction. At the time, dry fly enthusiasts worldwide fished this rod. I absolutely loved its feel and hidden power. For The post Return of the Thomas & Thomas Paradigm appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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Fishing the St. Joe River in Idaho
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by al simpson
6M ago
This August, fishing buddy Reid and I decided to go to the St. Joe River in the Idaho panhandle. I had previously read about the St. Joe in the Flyfisher’s Guide to Idaho, by Ken Retallic and Rocky Barker. But it was an article by Henry Ramsay in the June/July The post Fishing the St. Joe River in Idaho appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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Should Montana Become a Smallmouth Fishing Destination?
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by al simpson
8M ago
Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), has documented a steady decline of trout numbers in its famous southwest streams since 2011. Hardest hit are the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby rivers, which have reached historic lows, especially of brown trout. While studies are ongoing, no readily reversible causes The post Should Montana Become a Smallmouth Fishing Destination? appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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Product Review: A New Wet-Wading Boot
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by al simpson
10M ago
Orvis released a new wet-wading boot this spring, the Pro Approach Hiker. I don’t enjoy fishing with crowds, so I spend most of my time walk-wading, i.e., hiking a good distance. While breathable waders offer a vast improvement over the old neoprenes, they still get hot and heavy when hiking The post Product Review: A New Wet-Wading Boot appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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Product Review: The Bead Tweezer
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by al simpson
10M ago
For fly tiers, Dr. Slick has introduced a new tool, the bead tweezer. For years, I have struggled to find an easy, reliable way to slip a bead onto a hook when tying beadhead nymphs. Tweezers, fingers or table top all failed to provide a stable target for my hook. The post Product Review: The Bead Tweezer appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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Are Cutthroat Trout “Pushovers”?
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by al simpson
11M ago
Cutthroat trout have a reputation for being “pushovers”. The word on the stream is that all you need do is float a big, bushy fly over them to get their attention. That works some of the time, but it leaves a lot of fish untouched. Cutthroat are native to western The post Are Cutthroat Trout “Pushovers”? appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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Is it Fly Selection?
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by al simpson
1y ago
Many (? most) fly fishers obsess over their fly selection. They carry more than a few boxes of flies at all times, and spend a good deal of the day changing flies. But I think there are four skills that have more to do with putting fish into the net The post Is it Fly Selection? appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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“Ruin”- a Book Review
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by al simpson
1y ago
  If you are looking for a good read that intertwines fly fishing with the storyline, then you should consider the novel “Ruin“, by Leigh Seippel. The storyline is one of financial ruin and escape to the rural Hudson Valley, where Frank and Francy, the main characters, try to put The post “Ruin”- a Book Review appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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What is a Trophy Trout ?
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by al simpson
1y ago
Judged by blogs and books, it seems that most anglers are obsessed with catching a trophy trout. But what exactly is a trophy trout? Although it measured only six inches, the first trout that I caught remains in many ways a “trophy trout” to me. I remember it well, my The post What is a Trophy Trout ? appeared first on Simpson Fly Fishing ..read more
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