Friday Five: 2/16/18

Valentine’s day has passed, the weather has been taking a much more pleasant turn, and hints of spring are wafting around here and there. If you haven’t been out fishing yet, it might be time to get out today or over the weekend. In the meantime, enjoy this week’s selection with your favorite morning beverage!

Leave No Fly Behind and Avoid the “Hanging Tree” (Orvis Fly Fishing)

Whether it’s empty beer cans or flies hanging in trees, trash is trash. George Daniel writes about the importance of getting flies out of trees (beneficial for both your fly supply as well as wildlife) and even includes a video with tips on how to get your flies out of trees.

S.C.O.F. Winter 2018 (Southern Culture on the Fly)

The winter 2018 issue of Southern Culture on the Fly is live and has some good content, as always. Check it out!

Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #29 – Read Trout Water (Troutbitten)

Do you know how water flows? Developing an understanding of that is going to help you as a fisherman, and it will help you find trout (and other species). Another great tip from Domenick Swentosky.

Tying the Peanut Envy (Slide Inn)

This pattern originally started off as a knockoff on Maddin’s Circus Peanut. As usual, this is a good, detailed video on the “how” and “why” of this pattern and tying it. It’s meant to have a low profile to imitate a minnow. Kelly even says that this fly has accounted for a good number of fish in the 20-22″ range for he and his guides over the past few years.

Muffin Top Minnow (The Midwest Drift)

This looks like it would have some good action in the water (notice the keel on the bend of the hook). I wish they would do some of the trimming on-camera, but either way this is a helpful video. It looks like the body is Game Changer Chenille, by the way.

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