Category Archives: Techniques

Stepping Up to Saltwater

Saltwater fly fishing can be intimidating for the beginner, or even the expert trout or warmwater angler. Captain Jake Jordan took time with the folks at Fishing Wire to talk about the tips, tactics and gear you will need before stepping … more

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Surviving Catch & Release

It is easy as catch-and-release anglers to feel good about our low impact on fish populations. We let them go, after all. But as Kirk Deeter points out, just because a fish swims away doesn’t mean it survives. Read more … more

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Penchant for Pinks

After a rough beginning, Mark Hieronymus rekindles a love and appreciation for pink salmon, resolving “to wipe the slate clean and not scorn the humpy for what it wasn’t, but to appreciate it for what it was.” Read the essay, … more

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Seeing Clearly

For success on a salt flat, everything must be perfectly orchestrated, perfectly timed. Yet in midst of high pressure Mike Sepelak allows his mind to wander and reflect, noticing “the periphery; the subtle variations that might mean happiness.” Read the … more

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On Learning

Teaching someone a skill you know well can a very rewarding endeavor. It can also be one of the most frustrating. And as Marshall Cutchin writes of his recent trip to Florida, teaching his son and daughter on the flats, … more

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Fishing Tops Lighting-Related Deaths

A recent study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration places anglers at the top of the list of lightning-related deaths. As fly fishers are prime targets, make sure to read more about safety precautions to take via the information … more

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Fish Tales

Often there’s only a fine line separating a lie from a story. But the difference is there if you have a trained eye and ear; one is faux pas, the other is considered an art among fishermen. Jake McGlothlin writes … more

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The Complete Caddisfly

Caddisfly hatches are perhaps the epitome of summer insect events. Yet before their emergence, there’s a lot going on (and being eaten) below the surface. Recently in American Angler, Bill Erdington explained how understanding the complete lifecycle and a trout’s … more

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Mountain Whitefish

While science has shown they do not compete with trout and in fact provide a food source for larger trout, mountain whitefish are still seen by some anglers as a problem species. But from their aggressive takes to taste after … more

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Apex Predation

The interplay of competition, strategy, and game run full strength when two apex predators come face to face: man and muskie. In a recent essay, David Goodrich highlights the ten-thousandth and first cast, and instinct too. “Much like a moth … more

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