Category: Tips

  1. Double Hauling Made Easier

    February 5, 2019 • Forum, Tips

    One of the many fly casting techniques that I teach each year is the double haul.  When fly casters begin  to challenge their skills and attempt longer casts, they quickly learn that it becomes increasingly difficult to add the increased amount of energy into the cast in a smooth enough manner to avoid tailing loops. […]


    January 20, 2019 • Forum, Tips

    This post is a step-by-step method of teaching a beginner to fly cast. It is offered as an aid to assist fly casting instructors to teach the skill. The Seven Step Fly Casting Method has been developed over the last 40  years by some of the finest fly casting experts in the world. What began […]


    May 21, 2018 • Forum, Tips, Upcoming Events

    Wading Basics   One of the first purchases a fly angler makes is waders. Waders have come a long way from the heavy, rubberized canvas, lug-sole monsters that we wore in the 60’s and 70’s. Today, modern breathable membranes, lightweight fabrics, and interchangeable soles have made wading much more comfortable. In this article I would […]

  4. How to Choose the Right Leader

    March 24, 2018 • Forum, Resources, Tips

    There are three important choices to consider when choosing the right leader for fly fishing. They are the length of the leader, and the size of the diameter of the butt section and diameter of the tippet (or level portion at the end of the leader).   Length Three factors determine what length leader to […]


    February 16, 2018 • Forum, Tips

                        The Spey Cast The Spey cast is a roll cast that includes a change of direction. It allows the angler to make long casts without a lot of room for a back cast. The casting technique may be used with very long double-handed rods as […]


    April 26, 2017 • Forum, Tips

    Early season trout fly fishing in Northern Michigan is typically centered on the Hendrickson (ephemerella subvaria #14) hatch. This three-tailed mayfly was given it’s common name by Theodore Gordon who tied flies to imitate the hatch for Albert Everett. Hendrickson. The Hendricksons are sometimes referred to as the “Gentleman’s” hatch because of its late morning […]

  7. Fly Casting: The Pick Up

    January 21, 2016 • Forum, Tips

    Most participants at the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School arrive as novices. As such, we start their fly-casting instruction by asking them to pick up the fly line from the ground and deliver it back to the ground.  Amazingly, this is all that fly-casting really is: a pick-up and a delivery. Everything else that we […]

  8. Orvis Superfine Touch Fly Rod Sale!

    July 22, 2014 • Forum, Tips

    Orvis’ Superfine Touch series fly rods are now on sale. The slower, classic tapers and actions are perfectly suited to small streams, delicate presentations, and a relaxed stroke. Now 20% OFF!