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Brown Trout 101

Brown trout are mercurial, reclusive, and to many anglers, still mysterious. We're not sure exactly what makes these critters tick, but we are sure we enjoy catching them. To catch more browns - or to understand how to catch the really large ones - it will help to have a baseline knowledge of their habitat, feeding habits, and biology. That's where this...

Fly Fishing Museum Gets Funding Grant

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, NY, was a recent recipient of a community development grant. The grant was awarded by Sullivan 180, a group that awards grants to non-profits, schools, and municipalities for community development projects. Shannon Cilento, who's with Sullivan 180, is quoted in the Mid Hudson News as saying...

Tying Tuesday: Hog Magnet

This week's Tying Tuesday features some fun flies, including a great chironomid pattern, a traditional mayfly nymph from Ireland, and a worm pattern from Charlie Craven. I love flies with fun names, so the Hog Magnet caught my attention immediately. This is a fun chironomid pattern, which is perfect timing since these bugs are starting to move around on...

All About the Angles

My fly line hung limp in the Wyoming wind, where just seconds before it had been tight to a fish. A sizable fish, based on the few times it jumped, and the one good look Alex got. "That wasn't a rainbow," he said. "What?" The river was deathly quiet. Even the wind had faded to background noise. "You thought it was a rainbow, but it was a big ol' brown,...

Tactical Trout Spey

I've become interested in trout spey in recent months, because it seems like such an effective method to cover a lot of the bigger rivers near me. So, this story from Rick Kustich in Fly Fisherman Magazine immediately caught my eye. It's an in-depth, detailed explanation of some killer trout spey tactics, and Kustich answered many of the questions I've...

Orvis Podcast: What to Tie On First

In this most recent episode of the Orvis podcast, Tom Rosenbauer sat down with Tim West, 2024's Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter of the Year. Tim shares some of his strategies to help anglers decide which flies they ought to tie on first when heading to the water. You can find the entire podcast here.

Oceans and Dam Removal

With the Klamath River Dams coming down, there's been a big focus on the short-term environmental impacts of dam removal. Certainly there are some aspects of removing the dams that hurt the environment in the short term, but do the benefits outweigh what happens when we send tons of sediment rushing downstream? In the case of dammed rivers that drain...

Early-Season Harvest and Salmon

Commercial fishing is, and will likely remain, a key part of managing our salmon fisheries. The demand for salmon likely won't decrease anytime soon, but the need to balance that demand with the requirements for healthy salmon stocks is imperative. That goes for both Pacific and Atlantic salmon. That's why a recent bit of research from the University of...

Anglers Launch Campaign to Demand Climate Change Action

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) just released a report that the trade group hopes will launch a nationwide effort to empower anglers to demand action on climate change. The report, titled "For Tomorrow’s Fish: Anglers Are the Key to Climate-Resilient Fisheries,” was written by anglers, and contains information that AFFTA says will...

Tying Tuesday: The Easy Street Midge

In this week's Tying Tuesday, we're treated to a few fun patterns. The first is the Easy Street Midge, from Barry Ord Clarke, of the Feather Bender on YouTube. This little midge pattern has all the looks of a fishy fly, and I can see myself tying up a few for the box. Our next pattern is a fun Yellow Sally imitation from the folks over at Fly Fish Food...