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Experts

Smaller and Quieter Can Be Better, Part II: No Hatch

As often as tiny flies are right for matching hatches, they can be right just for fooling trout when no hatches are underway. Let’s say you can see a trout holding down close to the pale cobble bottom in a clear river. You work a big Woolly Bugger ever deeper until at last it swims up to the trout’s mouth. The fish darts to the side to avoid the fly...

Top-Water Retrieves for Smallies

Question: What is the best way to work a popper in rivers? Most of my experience fishing for smallmouth bass is in lakes. How is it different? —Byron H Good one, Byron! The answer to your question will put a lot more smallies onto MIDCURRENT readers’ poppers and hair bugs. Regarding how to work a bass popper, there’s a load of confusion out there; I...

Lakes: Learning to Read Again

Question: I am so used to fishing for trout in rivers and streams, and I’ve figured out where they hide. . . but I am perplexed when it comes to finding trout in Lakes. How do I find trout hidden in a body of lake water, when everywhere I look, it all looks the same? Help! —Christine P Answer: Help, Christine, is here. I’ve fished a heap of trout...

Is There a Secret to Untangling Knots?

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: You’ve written several pieces about which knots to use for terminal tackle, but nothing about the other kind of common fly-fishing knots: the unintended ones you create because of wind or bad casting. A guide once told me that about half his job was untangling other...

"Where Should I Take a Beginner Out West?"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: I am looking for a recommendation for a river where I can take a beginner. I will probably invest in a guide. I’m looking for a dry-fly fishery with lots of action. Smaller fish that hit anything is preferable to larger fish that are selective. I’m looking for a western...

Unheralded Fly-Fishing Destinations

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: What do you think is the coolest fly-fishing destination that most anglers don't know about? I'm not asking you to reveal any secret spots, just under-publicized places more anglers should consider. Bill P., Sea Girt, NJ Answer: Well, I know what my answer would be...

Writing the Rise

Fly fishing has been a source of literary inspiration since the days of Dame Juliana Berners, and over the years we've seen hundreds of thousands of piscatorial pages come to print.  That said, one of the coolest things about the modern fly fishing community is how many different venues there are for the written word: blogs, magazines, e-zines, social...

Ultimate Scapegoat: the Net Man

Once while fishing the famous Taylor River with my friend Will, he hooked into a real dandy of a fish. We had been fishing in a popular spot called the Avalanche pool, notorious for big trout made fat from protein-rich mysis shrimp coming out of Taylor Reservoir. There hadn’t been much excitement prior to this fish, so when I heard Will say, "might need...

Fly Fishing Jazz: Dropping the Bomb and Coming Tight

In jazz music, there are notes, and there are “bombs.”  Notes are simply tones.  Bombs are when the right tone lines up with the right tempo in the right place, in the context of a moving melody.  Bombs are statement notes, and when they happen with effect, that’s the stuff that makes the hair stand up on the back of the listener’s neck.  When...

The Steeple Cast

Question: "Is there a cast besides the roll cast that can help me stay out of the trees, bushes, and the boat driver’s hat?" Answer: Yes. It is called the steeple cast. The steeple cast is a cast that you’ll find yourself using quite a lot, especially if you fish from a drift boat or in an area with thick vegetation or other obstructions behind you...