Fly Fusion Series: Season Three Begins!

Join Fly Fusion Magazine Editors Derek Bird and Jim McLennan for season three of the wildly popular Fly Fusion Series as they explore the prairies and East slope of the Rocky Mountains. Confronted by back-country closures and wildfires the hosts embrace mounting challenges and find themselves lost, but in the right direction, while exploring new and familiar water for willing trout.

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Throwback Thursday

Great times on set of the very first season of the Fly Fusion Series. On this particular day Paula Shearer – the hardest working angler of all time – found herself in a battle with a stunning bull trout while filming episode five, “Solitude”. Watch the full episode, including footage of this epic monster, on

Fly Fusion Series: New Episode!

The latest episode, “Treasure Hunters”, from the Fly Fusion Series has just been released! In this first episode Fly Fusion Magazine editors Derek Bird and Jim McLennan pursue some of the west’s most treasured trout – Bow River rainbows. For Jim this is his home water. He’s fished and guided on the river for a good portion of his life, so he makes the task of locating large trout look effortless. Derek, on the other hand, ends up botching a few takes before finding himself in step with the river’s cadence.

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Season Three Launch: Four Days Away!

Only four days until the digital launch of season three of the Fly Fusion Series!! The series captures the experiences that make a fly-fishing trip more than just catching fish. Fly fishing connects the individual to others, to generations, to fish, and to environments. This season we find the guys lost in the right direction.
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How to Set Up for a Bonefish Trip

Wed Sep 12th 2018
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RIO – The eleventh episode of this season’s How To series is “How To Set Up For A Bonefish Trip”, presented by Simon Gawesworth. In this film Simon talks about all the gear you will need to take with you on a bonefishing trip – from rod to fly and the most essential accessories.

If you are going on your first bonefish trip, and are unsure what to take with you, this film will make sure you leave with the right stuff, and not find yourself short when on the water.

Season Three Launch: Six Days Away!

Only six days away from the digital launch of season three of the Fly Fusion Series! Join Editors Derek Bird and Jim McLennan this season as they explore the prairies and East slope of the Rocky Mountains. Confronted by back-country closures and wildfires the hosts embrace the challenges and as a result find themselves in unexpected places and lost in the right direction.
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Landon Mayer on Shoot Mending

Thu Aug 30th 2018

A basic mend involves moving the rod tip in a half-circle motion that positions fly line upstream of the leader, flies, or indicator. This removes the tension applied by the moving current and helps you improve the depth and control of your presentation. The downside of the basic mend is how long it takes to perform, and the water-disturbing and fish-disturbing movement it imparts to the fly.

When I was younger, I not only spent as much time on the water as I could, but I read every fly-fishing book on the shelf over and over again. I also watched instructional videos. Doug Swisher, who presented his Mastery Series of videos with Scientific Anglers, is one of my teaching idols. In his video on selective trout, he demonstrates the stack mend for use with sinking flies. It’s performed by throwing a mini-cast with a “micro-second wrist” toward the flies or indicator. This places slack line out near the fly where it is most beneficial. Several stack mends are made in quick succession, which allow the fly to sink quickly and drift naturally.

Years ago I started using the same method with a sideways approach to replace the standard mend. I call it “shoot mending.” I make the same micro-second-wrist cast with the tip of the rod moving forward only one foot. I then lift the rod up two to three feet to allow clearance for the line. Then, by quickly making one or two mends while the line is in the process of shooting, I get a mend that’s already in place when the line lands on the water. It’s also a very effective technique for shooting mends through wind and over chop in still waters without taking the indicator or dry fly away from the target.

Gary Borger, the Professor of Fly Fishing

Mon Aug 27th 2018

Modern fly-fishing legend, Gary Borger, talks about dream destinations, major milestones, and the future of fly fishing.

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Deadly Accurate: The Musings of a Straight Shooter

Thu Aug 23rd 2018

Casting editor, Jeff Wagner, discusses five ways to improve casting accuracy

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Curing the Summer Stillwater Blues

Mon Aug 20th 2018

Understanding a little water chemistry and how it affects both trout and their food can lead to some great fishing even though it may not be dry-fly fishing or sight-fishing in shallow water.

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Simon Gawesworth Discusses Stillwater Sinking Lines

Wed Aug 15th 2018

RIO–The tenth episode of this season’s How To series is “How To Fish Sinking Lines in a lake”, presented by RIO brand manager Simon Gawesworth. On bright, sunny days trout usually go deeper in the water column, and anglers need to fish a sinking line to get their flies closer to the fish. Fishing sinking lines require very different skills to when fishing floating line, and in this film Simon talks about “fishing the hang”, the importance of “counting the depth”, and shows an incredibly fast and efficient way to change sinking lines when out on the water.

If you are new, or relatively inexperienced at fly fishing in a lake and want to increase your skills to help you catch fish when they are deep, this film will ensure you have the skills to catch more fish, and maximize your day on the water.

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Mono-Loop Hopper by Ryan Sparks

Tue Aug 14th 2018

Additional pattern, the Mono-Loop Hopper, from Ryan Sparks’ article in the latest issue of Fly Fusion.

Mono-Loop Hopper Recipe

Hook: Dai-Riki 700B, #10

Thread: UTC 140, dark tan

Mono-loops: 10 lb. monofilament

Body: Superfine Dry Fly Dubbing, tan

Overbody: 2mm foam, tan

Wing: 2mm foam, tan

Overwing: Antron yarn, white

Legs: Barred round rubber legs, yellow/black

Indicator: 2mm foam, orange


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