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Smaller and Quieter May Be Better, Part IV: Smallmouth Bass

In the low, clear flows of summer rivers, smallmouth bass can turn difficult. This is especially true if the water is clear and smooth, as in a pool. Under these conditions I try a series of tactics. Sometimes one or more of them work, sometimes none of them work. One that can work is going small. A fly tied on a size 12, 1X long hook is small for...

MidCurrent Interviews Live: Nathaniel Linville Talks Tarpon, Permit and Florida Keys Fishing

We talk to world record holder and all around expert saltwater fly fisher Nathaniel Linville about tarpon and permit, how techniques, flies and gear are changing, and the history of fly fishing in the Florida Keys.

MidCurrent Interviews Live: Devin Olsen De-Mystifies Euro Nymphing

Devin Olsen talks with MidCurrent publisher Marshall Cutchin and answers your questions about euro-nymphing and other techniques. Recorded May 6, 2020 Watch on Facebook Where to Buy Books and DVDS: https://www.tacticalflyfisher.com/books-dvds/ Download Videos: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/adaptiveflyfishing/404238322

Safety Tips for Fly Fishers

Question: "What safety precautions should I take when I go out fishing?" Answer: We seldom think anything is going to happen to us out fishing, but you never can tell. Most people who enjoy the outdoors recommend not going by yourself if you’ll be fishing where there aren’t other people around, but even if you’re going with a friend, here are some...

Big Dry, Little Dry: Making the Set

Question: “When a trout takes a large, say size 8, dry fly, do you set the hook that same as you’d set it for a much smaller size, say 20 or 22, dry fly?” - Will J Answer: Before I address you and your fine question, Will (and I mean “fine” in both the sense of “excellent,” and the sense of “discriminate” as in “a fine distinction”)...

Finding Beauty in an Ugly Trout

I’ve been lucky enough to hook and land some big trout this year, and I usually give myself 30 seconds or so to take a couple photos of the recovering fish in shallow water. During those moments — that trout is about to rocket away — the fish always looks gorgeous to me. Later, when I’ve gotten home and download the photos, I sometimes notice that...

The Magic Half-Inch

The Half-Inch Zone One of the great — and maddening — things about fly fishing is that the solution for almost every angling problem is right out there, hiding in plain sight. Trout make me crazy all the time. Sometimes they’re rising, and I can’t find the right fly. Sometimes they ignore what I think is the right fly. Sometimes they ignore...

"Should I Move or Stay Put?"

Question: When you’re fishing a pool, pocket, or riffle, how many unproductive casts should you make before you decide to move on to the next spot? And if you catch a fish in one place, should you assume that it has spooked the other fish in the area and move on? —Mort S. If deciding whether to abandon a chunk of water or stay and keep working it...

Fooling Trout, From Yellowstone to Oregon

Each fall, I spend about three weeks in Yellowstone National Park chasing the big runner brown and rainbow trout that swim up the Madison River from Hebgen Lake. I fish other spots in Yellowstone as well, especially the Firehole River’s afternoon Blue Wing Olive mayfly hatch. I’ll spend the morning chasing those big browns on the Madison, and, by lunch...

Ask the Expert: Dry Fly Fishing on Lakes

Question: I fish for trout sometimes in lakes by trolling with a sinking line. When fly fishers talk about lakes it’s always about trolling or fishing a chironomid down deep with a strike indicator—is there ever any dry fly fishing for trout in lakes? - Irene L. Answer: Yes, Irene, there absolutely is dry-fly fishing on trout lakes. On the whole, I...