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Tag: brown trout

Reading the Water

SOME WATER that is easily fished during a hatch is tough to blind-fish with consistent success. Stream reading is a vital skill for prospecting, but you should approach a day of fishing with the philosophy that not all places in a stream hold trout, and others that may hold trout cannot be blind-fished easily. When you cast to rising fish, you know exactly...

Flies for the Trouts

Question: "Do you consider the species of trout you are targeting when deciding which flies to take along to a particular river? And would you target different places to fish in a river or stream based on the type of trout that inhabit that water?" — Glenn D. Answer: Yes. And yes. Sort of… I’ll explain. But first I must say that normally I answer...

Getting Them On, Then In

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "I have been missing a lot of fish lately—presentation is good, fish takes the fly, I set the hook and either have the fish on for a second or two and then they’re gone or when I set the hook the fly pops out of the fish’s mouth. This seems to happen more with a dry...

"Old Dog, Old Trick"

This was my second trip through the ultra-famous Barnes Hole 2 on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. The early October chill and fog had melted under a bright, overhead sun, and two trips of cast, swing and step through the 100-yard-long run proved that the big runner brown and rainbow trout weren’t interested in a beadhead woolly bugger or a...

Reading the Gauges: PH Levels

We all learned about pH in junior high. It is an expression of the acid-base (alkaline) relationship of a particular solution measured on a scale ranging from 0.0 to 14.0. A measurement of 7 represents a neutral solution.  A value decreasing below 7 indicates increasing acidity. A value increasing above 7 indicates an increasingly basic solution. An...

"Walking the Line"

Wintertime cold changes the nature of things. Trout, of course, slow down a bit. It also changes the nature of a river. Rather than an eternal force of erosion and motion, it becomes a prisoner of entropy, channeled and capped and trapped within its banks by its only natural enemy: ice. This in turn changes the nature of fishing, and of the angler. At least...

"String Theory," Or How to Have More Fun Fishing Without Really Trying

Our drive to go fishing rises from deep in our hunter-gatherer past. We’re scratching a primordial itch, like so many others that are disguised in modern life. For example, curiosity: an urge to pattern and order things, to know their names and to expand our understanding of the world. It’s an ancient genetic skill that made easier the passing of...

The Art of Persuasion: Donkey Edition

On the water, I think of myself in a different role, a different persona, depending on what I’m throwing on the end of my line. Fishing dries and nymphs I’m The Disarmer—my job is to recede into the background, become invisible, do no wrong. Swinging flies for steelhead I’m The Enticer—I do whatever I can to show my streamer’s best side for as...

Flies: Nothing Welcomes Fall Like a Shakey

Frank Beals was one of the only park rangers in my recollection who knew fly fishing. Sadly, I was never fortunate enough to meet angling scribe and “Trout” author Ray Bergman’s Yellowstone National Park legend, ranger Walter “Scotty” Chapman. So my ancient memory of Beals’ kindness at the West Entrance will have to do. Because he loved...

"Older Fishing"

ULTIMATELY, I DON'T KNOW exactly what happened in my angling life. I had gone fly fishing for thirty-three years in Montana and then we moved there, so now I’m up to forty-two. Mind you, this doesn’t mean I’m good at it. Good and bad aren’t part of my fishing lexicon. The good can be part of the quality of light that day, or the quality of bread...