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Learn how to choose the best lines and leaders for small streams

Lines and leaders for small stream trout fishing. You don’t need specialized lines and leaders for small streams. Here is all you need.

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What is the best way to set the hook?

Tom Rosenbauer explains how to decide which way to set the hook and why.

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Learn how to make curve casts for tricky spots

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How to easily correct your casting mistakes

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What are the only three knots you need on the water?

Practice these knots at home and you’ll have more fun and less frustration when you get out on the water.

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What should you do on a stream you have never fished before

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If you are a novice we recommend you view them in order. If you are experienced and want to explore kinds of fly fishing that are new to you, just watch the chapters you want.
Each chapter has a quiz at the end. You’ll learn more by taking the quizzes because we explain both right and wrong answers and you may pick up some valuable tips.

Whether you’re sharpening your skills or are just beginning, this site was created with you in mind. We love this sport, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Be sure to check back every week for more advanced techniques!


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Orvis Fishing Reports

The most complete report of fly fishing conditions in North America!

Our professional reports are updated weekly with stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips for the most important fly-fishing destinations in North America. Plan your next fishing trip knowing you'll arrive without any surprises—or discover some new fishing destinations in your area.