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Al Ritt's X-Caddis

Wed Jan 11th 2017

Here’s Fly Fusion’s fly tying editor explaining how to tie a simple but effective caddis pattern.

X-Caddis (Olive):

  • Hook: Daiichi 1100 sz 18 through 12
  • Shuck: Olive Antron
  • Wing: Comparadun Hair
  • Body: Olive Hare’s Ice Dubbing
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International Fly Fishing Film Festival Set for 2017 Premier

Wed Jan 4th 2017

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) is set for their 2017 world premiere on Friday, January 6 at the Denver Fly Fishing Show.

Festival producers highly anticipate the start of the 2017 cycle. Co-producer Derek Bird said, “I can’t think of a year where I’ve been so excited to turn on the IF4 engines. This is the best line up of films we’ve ever had.”

“The Festival features a great mix of films from around the globe. It’s the perfect balance between trout, saltwater, and exotic species. Anyone who attends this year is going to be taken on an incredible ride,” Bird said.

For more information on the films and to check on screening locations go to flyfilmfest.com

New Issue Of Fly Fusion Mobi Now Live!

Mon Dec 26th 2016

Thanks to our friends at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival for working with us on this special surprise Christmas edition of Fly Fusion Mobi! The issue contains stunning behind the scenes images from several filmmakers who’s films have been chosen as official selections within the 2017 cycle of the festival. This is FREE fly-fishing goodness! Click through, check out the amazing photography and then SHARE this link, as a gift, with a friend.

Click Here To View This Special Issue

Share the love. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Latest Release From Fly Fusion Films

Wed Dec 21st 2016

Surface, a new short from Fly Fusion Films and Vantage Point Media House, is a film about extraordinary adventures that create life-long memories. Derek Bird of Fly Fusion Magazine and Ross Purnell of Fly Fisherman Magazine team up to search for large native rainbows on a remote stream in British Columbia’s Cariboo region. After a floatplane trip through the rugged and towering Cariboo Mountains, the anglers float down a nearly inaccessible glacial stream. What they experience along the way is nothing short of unforgettable. Only at IF4™ in 2017!

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Friday Fly By...Al Ritt

Fri Dec 16th 2016

One way of beating the winter cold is to sit at the vice start tying patterns to fill up the summer dry-fly box. In this video, Al Ritt, Fly Fusion’s tying editor demonstrates how to tie a hybrid pattern of sorts. The ARF Humpulator  is a buoyant upgrade on the classic Stimulator.

Recipe for the ARF Humpulator (Yellow):

  • Hook: Daiichi 1280 sz 6 through 10
  • Tail: Calf Tail, Tan
  • Back: 2mm Tan Foam
  • Abdomen: Poly Yarn, Yellow
  • Rib: Hackle, Brown (1/2 to 2/3 the hook gap)
  • Underwing: Mirage Flash
  • Wing: Widow’s Web, Tan
  • Hi-Vis Spot: Para Post Yarn, Fluorescent Orange
  • Thorax: Ice Dub, Golden Brown
  • Hackle: Grizzly Dyed Golden Brown


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IF4™ 2017 Official Selection - The Jungle's Edge

Tue Dec 13th 2016

“The Jungle’s Edge”by Capture Adventure Media and Angler’s Eye Media is the first in a series of trailer releases for films debuting at premiere of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival® this January.

Film Overview: Imagine a world where the jungle meets the coast and the fly fishing is incredible. Follow angler’s Mark Martin and Alex Beck as they attempt the impossible, Costa Rica’s first Grand Slam. After a week of jumping and loosing many 100+ pound tarpon, they find themselves with a chance to make history. The only thing standing in their way is the giant tarpon that have been giving them nothing but trouble all week. Come along for the ride to see if history will be made. Only at IF4™ in 2017! www.flyfilmfest.com

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Amplitude MPX by Scientific Angler Earns Editor's Choice Award

Mon Dec 12th 2016

The new Scientific Anglers MPX with AST Plus might sound a little like trying to decode your child’s text messages, but the results are far less complicated. Fly Fusion Staff tested the line for the last few months and it is impressive. The line shoots extremely well and added an effortless distance. It contains AST Plus, which is a slickness additive that increases line slickness and durability. Testers really enjoyed casting the line on fast action rods because the MPX is a half size heavy so it loaded the rods extremely efficiently. The line is an all-around freshwater taper ideal for trout and warmwater species. Each line in the Amplitude family will be triple-colored, triple-textured, and feature welded loops on both the front and the rear.

2016 IF4 Winning Film

Mon Dec 12th 2016

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival winning feature film for 2016 is Arctic Unicorns by Western Waters Media sponsored in part by Fly Fusion Magazine. The festival producers and the film selections committee extend a well-earned congratulations and a $1000 check to the Western Waters Media for their commitment to creating captivating and entertaining outdoor films. The winning film each year is selected by audience members who take part in the online voting process after each of the festival’s 100 screenings.

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2017 New Rod Guide

Wed Nov 23rd 2016

How do you choose the best fly rod? Fly Fusion editors have been brainstorming that question over the last number of months and have managed to come up with a number of interesting conclusions. What they constantly came back to however was the evolving fly rod manufacturing market. Because of the way fly-rod companies produce rods, the old model of rod testing is becoming increasingly outdated. The previous model tested all rods against each other and then the tester placed them in an arbitrary order from top to bottom.

The deficiency in this method is that rod designers create rods for specific purposes and certain rods are not created in order to match up against other rods. Take a super fast action rod for example versus more of a moderate action rod. The two rods are not designed to perform the same at all distances.

Fly Fusion built their new review around this idea, which in the end directs the consumer to the best rod for their fishing situation. Make sure that you pick up the latest issue on the newsstand and explore 24 new rods for 2017.

Fly Fusion TV - Season Two:

Tue Nov 22nd 2016

We had such a huge response to our last share contest that we thought it was only fitting to do another! Share this trailer from Fly Fusion Television Season 2 for your chance to win a Scientific Anglers gift pack valued at over $500.00! Winner will be randomly drawn on the 25th of November. Good Luck!!

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Editor’s Choice Freshwater Rod—X590 by Sage

Tue Nov 22nd 2016

A number of months ago Sage sent us the X rod to test. And even though the X has been on a number of trips and has caught lots of trout, with this rod it was love at first cast. The X loads easily with very little line outside of the tip, but it also has enough backbone to reach a rising trout that seems just a little out of range. Because of the rod’s flex and recovery rate, it’s adaptable to a variety of angling situations, and excels both on tight casts in small streams and for bombing long casts on bigger water. The new taper delivers greater blank recovery and a crisper tip, allowing anglers to dig deeper into the rod and access more of the lower sections of the blank, shifting power closer to the angler. Decreased lateral and medial movement and vibrations in the blank also result in more accurate and efficient presentations, which refine the synergy between angler, rod, line, and fly. sageflyfish.com

2017 Editors Choice Awards: Orvis Waterproof Backpack

Mon Nov 21st 2016

Wading anglers know it’s not uncommon for water to appear waist deep when it’s really closer to chest deep. For situations like this, or after an unintended spill or an unexpected downpour, Orvis created a functional waterproof backpack that keeps your gear (and your fishing license) dry. In addition to it’s functional waterproof construction, the pack also differs from other dry bags in that its outward gray finish is textured as opposed to a plasticy-looking dry-bag type finish. True to the Orvis brand, they designed the pack with the fly fisher in mind. The pack features a gear station on the shoulder strap, two rod tube pockets, a D-ring on the back to hold a landing net, and a padded back panel with ventilation channels. Available March 2017. Orvis.com

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