Q&A | #18 – Fly Fishing Rigs Explained

In this video, Brian Flechsig at Mad River Outfitters breaks down dry fly rigs, nymph rigs and streamer rigs. He also goes into detail on the different types of fly fishing.

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Fly Floatants: https://www.madriveroutfitters.com/c-192-fly-floatants.aspx
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Strike Indicators: https://www.madriveroutfitters.com/c-197-strike-indicators.aspx

Dry Flies: https://www.madriveroutfitters.com/c-238-standard-dry-flies-attractors-and-spinners.aspx
Nymphs: https://www.madriveroutfitters.com/c-230-nymphs-and-bead-heads.aspx
Streamers: https://www.madriveroutfitters.com/c-239-streamers.aspx
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Welcome to Mad River Outfitters, hosted by professional fly fishing guide, Brian Flechsig and his team of fly fishing guides at Mad River Outfitters. On this channel you will find honest fly fishing education, fly fishing tutorials and product reviews. We’re passionate about fly fishing and that’s what we hope to share here. More information about who we are can be found on our website (https://www.madriveroutfitters.com) and also on our Instagram (@madriveroutfitters).

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  1. ed_oh on October 18, 2020 at 4:05 am

    Brian: What is the brand and model of fly line that you use in so many of your videos that is orange?

  2. Dan Mitchell on October 18, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Nymphs dries and streamers all good what about beads? I’m in AK and looking forward to beads on Kenai and parks hwy in fall😎

  3. Shawn Barry on October 18, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Nice job 👍 thanks again 🇺🇸

  4. Randy L on October 18, 2020 at 4:10 am

    Fantastic! Covered some things that I didn’t even know I was missing out on. That was the best 15 minutes of my fly-fishing education. Must get streamers.

  5. Mathieu F. on October 18, 2020 at 4:10 am

    If nothing else I hope I run into Rogue at the shop!

  6. 273lurch on October 18, 2020 at 4:11 am

    This video has done more for me than a year of screwing it up myself. Thanks a ton you guys are the best

  7. Isaiah S on October 18, 2020 at 4:11 am

    These videos have to be some of the most educational videos on YouTube. I haven’t found anything else with such simple, easy to understand instruction and detail! I’ve been fly/spey fishing now for almost 3 yrs, multiple days a week, and I wish I would have found these videos sooner! Would have saved me a lot of trial and error😂😂😂😂👍. Def whatching evey single one.

  8. Mad River Outfitters on October 18, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for the questions! 🎣 Submit questions to admin@madriveroutfitters.com for a chance to win a free hat and fly box!

  9. Grant Harmon on October 18, 2020 at 4:15 am

    I can listen to him talk about fly fishing all day long

  10. V8 S series chevy on October 18, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Welp I’m like 20 videos in this morning, an this pushed me over the top. Im going fishing 🎣

  11. Patrick Anlauf on October 18, 2020 at 4:15 am

    Very educational. I will try nymphing tomorrow.

  12. Ruben Chirita on October 18, 2020 at 4:17 am

    I’m new to fly fishing and just purchased around a $200 combo TFO rod and real. I have floating line on. But I would like to know is there a quick way to swap your line out with sinking line for streamer fishing? I never did streamer fishing but sounds like it might be better by your knowledge.

  13. Cyrux on October 18, 2020 at 4:18 am

    Question do u have to use a indicator for nymphing

  14. drkslider1182 on October 18, 2020 at 4:20 am

    I am finally starting to get back into fly fishing. It’s been about 13 years since I’ve gone but your videos have helped me understand a lot of issues I’ve ran across. I’m looking to buy my first setup this spring. My question is what’s a good rod weight and action to mainly go for trout but still be able to handle some smaller smallmouth bass? I’ve been looking at a 9’ 5 or 6 weight. What would you recommend?

  15. Donny Darko on October 18, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Very knowledgeable, and quite humble. Definitely got a subscriber out of me. Tight lines brother.

  16. outtolunch88 on October 18, 2020 at 4:20 am

    I’ve been using leaders and tippet all wrong. Just using dry fly leaders and tying on nymphs and woolly buggers!

  17. Lewis Hofmann on October 18, 2020 at 4:21 am

    what size tippet should I use for steelhead

  18. Line Level Media on October 18, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Very well explained, this is great stuff. Thanks for giving us this info!

  19. The Grizzly Yaker on October 18, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Brian has the Entomology series come out yet? (It’s 2-16-20 now) I have looked but i couldn’t find it so I am thinking no, but I don’t want to miss it. I got everything I ordered from you guys super fast and I have hit the water a couple times already, I do believe a new love is developing.

  20. Willy Twotimes on October 18, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Just moved to Montana and just started fly fishing…..your videos are super helpful with all the information overload

  21. Jay Wa on October 18, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Thank you, Brian! Great general
    foundation to start with.

  22. michael paulissen on October 18, 2020 at 4:25 am

    I have successfully targeted Carp, Pike, Walleye, Perch, Largemouth, and my most favorite of all species, the Smallmouth Bass with the flyrod. I have used floating, sinkng, and intermittent lines. I actually have even used use small crank bait lures used in a " chuck and duck" technique to much success! I learned my craft by attending fishing expos and watching Dave Dalhburg, Lefty Cray, Joe Umphrey, Harry Murphy, Bob Clouser and Leo Pachner tie, cast and present their personal ideas about the art. I then applied their technique and concepts to my river. I fish the Kankakee River in Illinois. It was a world class Smallmouth Bass fishery, now sand from Indiana has wrecked parts of the river. But 50% is still good. I lost my fishing partner 7 years ago to Parkinson’s. He and I waded virtually all the wadeable water for many years. It got to where I had to tie the anchor line on his 10 ft Jon boat to my waist and pull him around with me so we could fish togather. He always hated that had to pull him around the river in his boat, but I said "wouldn’t you do it for me"? His rely was, "hell yes I would". I said " then get to fishing,"! I lost him just before the next year’s season started about 5 months later. I have only in this last 2 months ventured out and fished a few hours since his passing. So much has changed in the last 7 years! I’m scrambling to get back up to speed again. I need to whole heartedly thank you for sharing the information, time, passion and wisdom to help me get back in the water (hardcore year round wader here) I wish I could have had access to your videos years ago! I learned old school, trial and error method. Again thank you for your time, well done video and easy natured way of teaching! I sincerely appreciate it!

  23. george tolea on October 18, 2020 at 4:26 am

    GOOD job …!!! Amazing explanation 🙂 going this weekend in Squamish river BC Canada

  24. Caleb Butler on October 18, 2020 at 4:30 am

    I’ve just started fly fishing I’m still confused on how long my fly line should be attached to my leader. I’m fishing for mostly native trout in a small creek. Help would be appreciated!

  25. Dan Pasini on October 18, 2020 at 4:31 am

    Thanks for the help through your videos and products I’ve recently ordered. I’ve been fly fishing and tying off and on since I was 13 (now 65) when my great uncle took me up to Hat Creek and the Fall River in Northern California where he had fished most of his life. After his and my aunt’s passing years ago, I inherited their bamboo rods both hand-made by Winston in San Francisco. To say the least, they are a treasure. Thanks to you guys and persistent local shelter-in-place orders, I’m enjoying a rebirth of tying and will be hitting some favorite locations again when possible. There’s a lot of junk on YouTube in regards to fly fishing and tying. Didn’t take more than three videos for me to subscribe to your channel as your presentations are professional, intelligently and thoroughly presented, and I take away something new with each topic. Keep up the good work. I’m sure I’ll be ordering more stuff. And thanks for bringing me back to life!

  26. Alexander Caratzas on October 18, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Great video

  27. MountainHighOutdoors on October 18, 2020 at 4:32 am

    Yep you guys need a podcast

  28. Jeff DuRocher on October 18, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Incredible information!

  29. Christian Bardin on October 18, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Is your entomology class out?

  30. Jordin Ward on October 18, 2020 at 4:34 am

    I feel like using two different lines is too much work, I’ve always used floating line and I’d I need it to sink I add split shots

  31. The official Eli on October 18, 2020 at 4:35 am

    when you said butt section at the end of mates comment i kept thinking you were gonna say butt sex😂

  32. Peter Ballin on October 18, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Great stuff!

  33. Enchanted Therapy on October 18, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Another great video!

  34. Brett Miller on October 18, 2020 at 4:39 am

    I’ve got a question I know you mad River it’s pretty big into the carp fly fishing I’m not new to fly fishing but recently started carp fishing in bigger creeks I’ve had pretty good luck but what’s the best thing to look for when detecting a bite on a weighted carp fly in dirty water the water im fishing is anywhere from 1-3’ deep and you can’t always see what the carp is doing and the take is so subtle and quick

  35. MaTruth N.M. Bassin on October 18, 2020 at 4:41 am

    I just got a fly rod for Christmas thats why im here

  36. Chris Outdoors on October 18, 2020 at 4:41 am

    What’s is the best color dry fly? And what is the difference between 5/6wt reel and a 6wt reel?

  37. Emilio on October 18, 2020 at 4:42 am

    A loyal subscriber to the channel, you had mentioned that there are other channels on YouTube that we should listen to. By any chance could you throw out some of their names my direction. Thank you for all that you are doing for the community.

  38. Nathan Shipp on October 18, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Great video as always. So lucky to have you guys close by.

  39. MI AK FREAK on October 18, 2020 at 4:45 am

    What are your thoughts on RIO fly clips for fast attachment of new flys ?
    Im just now getting into fly fishing and want to learn each aspect on its own. Id rather not be trying to swap out a tippet or leader every time I change a fly until I get good at attaching a fly ?

  40. Harm Oosterhuis on October 18, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Hey, Just found your channel today! So very helpfull for a beginner like me! Greetings from the Netherlands!

  41. Colton Ellis on October 18, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Gah, I appreciate you so much right now.

  42. Christopher Chorney on October 18, 2020 at 4:48 am

    For nymphing, what are your thoughts on “sink-it” versus using split shot. Is it any good?

  43. JD Willemsen on October 18, 2020 at 4:50 am

    Would be nice to see a rig rundown for carp.

  44. Rafael Rivero on October 18, 2020 at 4:54 am

    Thank you for all this MASTERpieces. Many knows, but only choosen ones are so clear when explains. And I know what I m talking about. I m from Uruguay, South america. A newbie spanic speaker who understand everything. IT DEFINES HOW GOOD YOU ARE AS A TEACHER. THANKS

  45. Don on October 18, 2020 at 4:54 am

    HA HA HA HAAAAA I was listening to a Spanish lesson before this and I was playing it at .75% of normal speed ….. You sound EXACTLY like Bill Clinton at .75% !! You gotta try it!!! HA HA HAAA

  46. Kevin Murphy on October 18, 2020 at 4:57 am

    Y’all need a podcast

  47. Christian Bardin on October 18, 2020 at 4:58 am

    Ok i Will wait. Just inform me when it is out

  48. Bluegill20 on October 18, 2020 at 4:59 am

    Would you recommend using nymphs on a lake?

  49. Vic Rawhog on October 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

    thanks for the advise.

  50. littlegreen 715 on October 18, 2020 at 5:01 am

    How do I fish a squirmy wormy

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