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The Fly Crate's Guide Fly Fishing Blog is a place for all fly anglers to learn captivating tips, get advice, hear stories, and find news that leads them to discover and explore all corners of fly fishing.

Best Flies For Fly Fishing

5 Best Flies for Redfish Fly Fishing

Sciaenops ocellatus, the fish that single-handedly sparked my conversion into fly fishing, is commonly known as the redfish. If the name redfish doesn’t ring a bell, you’re probably not from

6 Killer Flies for Brook Trout

Chasing brook trout in little mountain streams becomes a full-fledged addiction for many.  The colors are usually what draws people in first, from the blue halo to the brilliant orange

4 Great Flies for Low Water Trout

Low water poses an intense challenge for even the most skilled of anglers.  Flows drop, rains become more infrequent, and the trout get sluggish in the tepid water that comes

Trout Tips

5 Tips For Fall Fishing

Fall fishing gives you a little bit of everything. Warm days, cool days, downright cold days are all in the mix. Dries, nymphs, and streamers all have a place on

What Size Tippet Should I Buy?

There’s nothing worse than fishing gin-clear water and watching fish shy away from your drift as it approaches their feeding line.  While sometimes it’s the fly itself that’s causing the

Fly Fishing Cicada Hatches

A good bug hatch is always a welcomed occurrence for fly-fishers. Very few hatches however, are backed by the anticipation surrounding what thousands of eager anglers will experience this summer.

Is Euro Nymphing Easy?

Euro nymphing is not as easy as watching a strike indicator plunge under the surface at every strike, but not by much. However, Euro nymphing is definitely more effective and,

Why Should I Use A Euro Leader?

Why? Literally, every reason is a huge bonus compared to not using a hand-crafted European nymphing leader. The leader is specifically designed for maximizing your nymphing for strikes and feeling

How to Catch Trout on Caddis Flies

Anglers who experience their first big caddis hatch aren’t soon to forget the event.  There are surely stronger hatches with bigger bugs that occur throughout the season, but few are

3 Dry Flies for Winter Trout

While winter might not be synonymous with solid dry fly fishing, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch fish on top when the weather is cold!  One of the

Where to Find Trout in High Water

For many of us, we don’t have the luxury of waiting until the perfect weather creates ideal conditions on a favorite trout stream.  Winter seems eternal for the trout angler

3 Tips to E-Scout for Trout

One of the most common dilemmas among anglers is not knowing exactly where to go when they have some time to fish.  When time in the field is limited, anglers

4 New England Trout Flies for Fall

Fall is a welcome relief  for the trout angler exhausted from the scorching heat and dry conditions of summer.  There’s something special about spending the day on a favorite trout

3 Great June Hatches for Trout

June is perhaps the best month for trout fishing in the Eastern chunk of the United States, and that’s mostly because of some extraordinary hatches.  As runoff rages across much

Tips for Finding Winter Trout

It doesn’t matter how many boxes filled with neatly organized flies we carry with us on the stream.  Split shot, strike indicators, spare leaders, and spools of tippet are great

4 Great Flies for Low Water Trout

Low water poses an intense challenge for even the most skilled of anglers.  Flows drop, rains become more infrequent, and the trout get sluggish in the tepid water that comes

Bass Tips

Tips for Targeting Fall Bass

Fall is a favorite time for many to hit their local trout stream or start targeting steelhead, but there are still plenty of bass to be caught!  Bass fishing can

Steelhead Tips

6 Flies for Great Lakes Steelhead

Is there anything better than watching a steelhead cartwheel through the air as it violently shakes its head, attempting to toss our flies?  It’s scenes like these that ruin other

What Size Tippet Should I Buy?

There’s nothing worse than fishing gin-clear water and watching fish shy away from your drift as it approaches their feeding line.  While sometimes it’s the fly itself that’s causing the

Catch More Steelhead in the Winter

Winter on the steelhead streams of the Great Lakes can be a spectacular experience with some truly brutal weather conditions.   There’s something romantic about the idea of standing knee-deep in

Tips for Finding Winter Trout

It doesn’t matter how many boxes filled with neatly organized flies we carry with us on the stream.  Split shot, strike indicators, spare leaders, and spools of tippet are great

Winter Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Tips For November

November is a month of transition. Dependent upon your geographic region, November is either the comfortable end to fall or the chilling embrace of winter. Often, it’s a bit of

Why Should I Use A Euro Leader?

Why? Literally, every reason is a huge bonus compared to not using a hand-crafted European nymphing leader. The leader is specifically designed for maximizing your nymphing for strikes and feeling

3 Dry Flies for Winter Trout

While winter might not be synonymous with solid dry fly fishing, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch fish on top when the weather is cold!  One of the

Catch More Steelhead in the Winter

Winter on the steelhead streams of the Great Lakes can be a spectacular experience with some truly brutal weather conditions.   There’s something romantic about the idea of standing knee-deep in

Tips for Finding Winter Trout

It doesn’t matter how many boxes filled with neatly organized flies we carry with us on the stream.  Split shot, strike indicators, spare leaders, and spools of tippet are great

Spring Fly Fishing

Kayaks for Fly Fishing

As fishing grows in popularity, more spots are getting blown up and well known spots are receiving more fishing pressure than ever. If you are looking to escape the crowd

How to Catch Trout on Caddis Flies

Anglers who experience their first big caddis hatch aren’t soon to forget the event.  There are surely stronger hatches with bigger bugs that occur throughout the season, but few are

Summer Fly Fishing

Kayaks for Fly Fishing

As fishing grows in popularity, more spots are getting blown up and well known spots are receiving more fishing pressure than ever. If you are looking to escape the crowd

Fly Fishing Cicada Hatches

A good bug hatch is always a welcomed occurrence for fly-fishers. Very few hatches however, are backed by the anticipation surrounding what thousands of eager anglers will experience this summer.

6 Killer Flies for Brook Trout

Chasing brook trout in little mountain streams becomes a full-fledged addiction for many.  The colors are usually what draws people in first, from the blue halo to the brilliant orange

3 Great June Hatches for Trout

June is perhaps the best month for trout fishing in the Eastern chunk of the United States, and that’s mostly because of some extraordinary hatches.  As runoff rages across much

Fall Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Tips For November

November is a month of transition. Dependent upon your geographic region, November is either the comfortable end to fall or the chilling embrace of winter. Often, it’s a bit of

Fly Fishing The October Caddis

The famed October Caddis is a nationwide gift to anglers. As deciduous trees shed their leaves, signaling the end of growing season, fly anglers should ready themselves to fish the

5 Tips For Fall Fishing

Fall fishing gives you a little bit of everything. Warm days, cool days, downright cold days are all in the mix. Dries, nymphs, and streamers all have a place on

Tips for Targeting Fall Bass

Fall is a favorite time for many to hit their local trout stream or start targeting steelhead, but there are still plenty of bass to be caught!  Bass fishing can

4 New England Trout Flies for Fall

Fall is a welcome relief  for the trout angler exhausted from the scorching heat and dry conditions of summer.  There’s something special about spending the day on a favorite trout
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