The Latest News from the Bench

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Fly Fishing Articles by Skip Morris

A collection of fly fishing articles that author Skip Morris has published with the major fly-fishing magazines over the past 20-some years.

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Montana Hoppers: the Princess and the Brute

Skip fishing for trout with hoppers photo by Carol Ann Morris

Fly fishing author Skip Morris writes the following about fishing Montana hoppers: Grasshopper fishing is slamming a beefy fly onto water in hopes a trout will savagely rush it. A drunken brawl. But whatever it lacks in grace and refinement, grasshopper fishing does not lack in excitement.

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The Princess and the Brute: Montana Hoppers

Skip fishing for trout with hoppers photo by Carol Ann Morris

Fly fishing author Skip Morris writes the following about fishing with hoppers: Grasshopper fishing is slamming a beefy fly onto water in hopes a trout will savagely rush it. A drunken brawl. But whatever it lacks in grace and refinement, grasshopper fishing does not lack in excitement.

Continue reading "The Princess and the Brute: Montana Hoppers"

Survival Guide for Beginning Fly Anglers

cover for Survival Guide

Survival Guide for Beginning Fly Anglers. Author and master angler Skip Morris has written the ultimate beginner's guide for new anglers that want to learn how to fly fish.

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Skip Morris Searun Cutthroat Flies

Raccoon Yellow

Skip Morris searun cutthroat flies...also used effectively to push salmon and steelhead into striking instinctively. A lively attractor fly designed by master tier and fly fishing author, Skip Morris.

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Click here to hear Skip's interviews on popular podcasts...


Click here to hear Carol's interview on photography
(How to Capture What You See) on AskAboutFlyFishing.com...


*Announcements*



Skip has an essay in Big Sky Journal's annual Fly Fishing issue, called "Montana Hoppers: the Princess and the Brute" released February 1, 2023. Skip rewrote it a bit; I painted and illustrated it here, on our website. Here's the link on our web page to check it out:


Click here to read Skip's essay Montana Hoppers: The Princess and the Brute...



Skip's latest books:

Top 12 Dry Flies for Trout Streams: How, When, and Where to Fish Them, is now available on Amazon as an ebook...check it out! Click on the links below to go to the information page on Top 12 Dry Flies (the link to Amazon is at the bottom of the page...)


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Top 12 Dry Flies for Trout Streams: How, When, and Where to Fish Them (the link to Amazon is at the bottom of the page)...

Top 12 Nymphs for Trout Streams: How, When, and Where to Fish Them, 2nd Edition, originally published as an e-book only, is now available on Amazon as a paperback...check it out! Click on the links below to go to the information page on Top 12 Nymphs (the link to Amazon is at the bottom of the page...)

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Top 12 Nymphs for Trout Streams: How, When, and Where to Fish Them (2nd Edition). . .



Click here to get more information about Skip's e-book,

500 Trout Streams...

Skip's latest paperback book:

Click here to get more information about Skip's latest book,

365 Tips for Trout, Bass, and Panfish...



Print Skip's chart for FREE:

Skip Morris's Trout-Fly Proportion Chart

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Skip's Predator is available to buy...

Skip's ultra-popular Predator—a hit fly for bluegills and other panfishes and largemouth bass (also catches smallmouth bass and trout)—is being tied commercially by the Solitude Fly Company.

Skip Morris's Predator

The Predator


CLICK HERE to learn more about or to purchase the Predator...






Learn to Tie Skip's Predator

Do you want to tie the Predator?

Skip Morris's Predator

Tying the Predator

Skip shows you how to tie it on his YouTube Channel link, listed below:

CLICK HERE to see Skip's detailed video on how to tie the Predator...