Fly Fishing "How -to"
This page is dedicated to helping and providing information to develop your fly fishing skills in the "quiet" sport. Also, check our Fly Tying page and Links/Fishing Information page. More to come....
Trout Unlimited Trout Tips: TU (Blog) has a number of video tips on fly fishing in the Blog section of their website. Here one on Mending. Check out the rest of them. They are also on YouTube. (playlist)
Fly Casting Videos
Always wanted to learn how to fly fish but it looks too complicated? Or, you have been fly casting for years and could use some instruction to improve your casting technique? Wonder why you keep getting "wind" knots? It is not because of the wind. It is because you aren't dropping your elbow on the forward cast... I know because I do it a lot when I try to "power" an extra long cast.
Here is a excellent video by Joan Wulff that shows the basics of fly casting. In addition, here is a link to 10 videos by Joan Wulff that covers almost all aspects of fly casting... enjoy!
How to Fish a Soft Hackle Fly
Here's a video on fishing soft hackles from RIO. They are starting a "How-to" series that might interest beginners and seasoned fishermen alike.
As you will see "fishing with soft hackles" is an excellent way to start learning fly fishing.... but a method you will use often when fly fishing.
RIO now has a comprehensive collection of fly fishing videos (as of 3/21/2023) to get you started fly fishing. Here is the link: Rio (Far Bank) Learn to Fly Fish videos
Click on "Watch on YouTube" link above... the video will appear!
Orvis Fly Fishing Video Lessons
Orvis has an excellent "Fly Fishing Learning Center". It contains 15 chapters plus an advance section that takes you through all aspects of fly fishing. Please see the below video example: "How to Set Up Droppers" (taken from the Advance section).
You can learn at your own pace. Watch a chapter or part of a chapter, then leave a bookmark and either go out and practice your casting or go fishing! The rest of the lessons will be here waiting for you, and you can pick up right where you left off using your bookmarks. Here is their link: Orvis Learning Center
How to Fix Your Gore-Tex Waders
Here is a great video show you how to fix those annoying pinhole leaks in your breathable waders.
Basics on Aquatic Insects
South Branch Sampler: Here's a sample from the South Branch of the Raritan River near Califon, NJ. Conducted on January 17, 2014. Early Black Stones, Isonychia and Scuds all in a variety of sizes were abundant.
Learning What Trout Eat: Learn what trout eat and what lives on the river bottom. This video will give you a good overview of what flies to use. Also check out part 2 - How to Read the Water.