Living and Writing the Outdoor Life Workshop

Do you have a story to tell but you haven’t gotten around to putting pen to paper? Maybe you just want to brush up on your skills before submitting your next piece to be published?  Well, here’s at great opportunity to collaborate with fellow writers and learn from one of the best…

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Craigies Killer Bug

A highly effective pattern tied by Juan Diaz of @bully_flies!  Fill your box up for your next trip…

Hook: Hanak Competition H300 bl

Bead: Fly Life Co. orange 1 1/8 Tungsten Bead

Tail: Pheasant Tail


.025 Wire

Virtual Nymph Skin

Black Thread

Semperfli Nano Silk – White

Textreme Power Thread – White

Gulff Fly Fishing Thinman

Gulff Fly Fishing

Ambulance Orange Sharpie

Collar: Peacock Herl

Stimmies Awards – On the Fly


Building on the success of fly fishing’s Stimmie Awards, Fly Fusion Magazine has introduced a new awards program aimed at the international fly-tying community.

The all-new Stimmies On the Fly awards program will recognize top emerging fly tiers, amateur and professionals alike. We want to see the best of the best in fly tying on video. Top submissions should feature an innovative pattern, technique and/or material presented in a creative video format with a mind towards educating the viewer.

The top 10 fly-tying videos will be selected by an internal committee and then be open to voting from the angling and fly tying community. The creator of the winning fly tying video will take home “bragging rights,” $1,000 and a feature story in Fly Fusion Magazine.

So, hop on over to to enter.  Entries will be accepted until October 14.  Good Luck!

Photo: @wilderphoto

Fishing small flies to big trout, with Derek Bird

In case you have not yet had the pleasure, the Faceless Fly Fishing & Upland Podcast is a must-listen! Darcy Toner and Timbre Pringle, discuss all things Fly Fishing, Dogs and Upland Hunting with their weekly guest. They have been taking photos and fly fishing together for well over a decade and run Faceless Fly Fishing Media, home for their outdoor photography. Their enthusiasm for fishing is matched by their commitment to protecting the outdoors.

This week, they have interviewed our Founding Editor, Derek Bird. Derek shares some of his favorite patterns, techniques, and tips – like how to see the fly better and get a better chance at hooking up when you can barely see that teeny tiny fly. There’s also some good banter while discussing the premise of his new fly fishing novel.

Tune in now!

Who Gives a Carp | Dave Blair

The American Carp Society is the USA’s foremost resource for Carp Anglers and was founded in 2002 by lifelong anglers, Sean Manning & Wayne Boon, as a formal organization for like-minded individuals who have a passion for Carp and it’s future well-being as a sportfish in the USA. It provides a community for both education and benefit to its members by teaching responsible stewardship and management of the species and of our public waters, as well as dispelling the misinformation commonly associated with Carp.

The American Carp Society offers membership options for both ‘Fly’ and Traditional ‘Euro Style’ Anglers. By becoming a member, you are supporting The American Carp Society’s goal of raising both the awareness and the attributes of this hard-fighting freshwater fish to other Anglers and members of the public. You are also joining the largest community of Carp Anglers in the USA that all share the same passion. Both ‘Fly’ and ‘Traditional’ membership has many benefits including a generous welcome package of merchandise that is sent to you each year.

The article, Who Gives a Carp? was featured in the most recent issue of Fly Fishers International, Fly fisher Magazine! Read the full article below or check out the full issue HERE

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Back to School Sale!

As we get ready to send kiddos back to their various places of higher learning, we’re offering a deal that’s a real no-brainer!  No advanced-calc required to figure out these savings…and longer you subscribe, the more issues you get for FREE!


Anchored Outdoors Podcast

Fly Fusion Founding Editor, Derek Bird explores the “why’s” of life with Anchored Outdoors, April Vokey on the latest podcast episode live now!


Some episodes are informative, some are reflective and some are just two old friends catching up to chat after a few years.  This one is the perfect complement of all three!

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust International Science Symposium & Flats Expo

Register now for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s 7th International Science Symposium & Flats Expo on November 4-5, 2022, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, FL! The 2022 program, presented by Costa, will include the latest on flats fishery research along with spin and fly casting clinics, fly tying clinics, panel discussions with top anglers and guides, and an Art + Film Festival. The capstone of the two-day event will be an evening celebration honoring Circle of Honor inductees Matt Connolly, Sandy Moret, Chico Fernandez, and Dr. Andy Danylchuk.


Jeff Wagner Named President and CEO of Mayfly Outdoors

We couldn’t be more excited for our friend and casting editor, Jeff Wagner, on his recent appointment to the role of President and CEO of Mayfly Outdoors, parent company of Abel Reels, Ross Reels, and Airflo. Wagner, formerly of VF Corporation at brands Smartwool and Icebreaker, is a graduate of Colorado State University with an MBA and undergraduate degree. He brings extensive operational and executive leadership experience from past roles, previously serving as the general manager of R.L. Winston Rod Company and at Cabela’s where he served for over 14 years. Wagner is a regular contributor to the fly-fishing industry as a field editor for Fly Fusion and Flyfisher magazines. He is a Master Certified Fly Casting Instructor with Fly Fishers International, where he also served as Co-Chair of the Board.

“It is a privilege to be joining an outstanding team and working for such iconic brands as Ross, Abel and Airflo. This position combines years of experience and fly-fishing passion and I am looking forward to serving the business and fly-fishing community and helping each grow.” Wagner said.

“We are very happy to welcome Jeff, his wife Kat, and his two daughters to Montrose,” said company founder David Dragoo. “Jeff brings a new level of expertise and leadership to our business, and we believe he will do a great job.”

Wagner takes over as the company seeks to expand and acquire new businesses. The company, well known for its conservation efforts, began with 17 people in Montrose, and currently employs about 130 people across California, Colorado, and the United Kingdom.

About Mayfly Outdoors: Mayfly Outdoors is a Colorado-based outdoor products company founded and Certified B® Corporation. Mayfly subsidiaries operate under various brand names including Abel, Ross Reels, and Airflo. Combined, these businesses are the recipients of more industry “Awards in Excellence” for innovation, dependability and performance than any other fly-fishing tackle manufacturers in the world. More information can be found at

Just Like Mac | Stimmies Top-10 Finalist

Uncle Mac left a deep imprint on Tommy. Join us as we retrace Tommy’s steps – from Alabama farm ponds to tarpon flats – to understand why.  Just Like Mac, is a finalist in the 2022 Stimmies Film Awards.  Angler’s Choice vote is now open!