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Tag: brown trout

Jim Harrison: "Force of Nature"

I am sitting at the Hitching Post in Melrose drinking vodka with Jim who steals, between sips, a scant glance at his beloved barmaid Nicole’s rear, puffs from his American Spirit, and says: “Do you want to know how you can believe in God?” Smoke purls thickly from his cigarette, and in the window-parried shaft of evening light his face looks quite...

Travel and Trout Fishing in the Scottish Borders

This article was first published in Strung Magazine: Life At the Treeline. Strung Magazine is the only publication dedicated to living a mindful sporting lifestyle in the 21st century. Staple feature departments dedicated to fly fishing, responsible hunting, destination travel, and the preservation of natural resources are bolstered by rotating features...

Huge Brown Trout Eats Mice

With little competition and few predators, New Zealand brown trout can grow to epic proportions. These prize fish sometimes reaching a meter in length and weigh up to 5 kilos.  And they have developed monstrous appetites and "a bloody-thirsty penchant for mice," as this classic BBC film shows. See a related video about the history of brown trout in New...

Fly Fishing for Fossils

There are no giant barracuda in Hawaii. At least that’s what the passing ocean kayaker yelled as I battled a three-foot, toothy monster behind the coral reef off Maui’s south coast. Obviously, no one bothered to tell the barracuda that took my baitfish fly like it was his last supper. Lucky for that fish, I caught and released it, but only after...

"Brown Trout After Dark"

Leave it to the French to coin a nifty phrase for dusk: entre chien et loup, “between the dog and the wolf,” the transition zone between day and night, between furry family pet Fido and dagger-toothed predator. It’s my handsdown absolute favorite time to be on the river. A sense of mystery hangs over the whole scene. As the sun lowers toward the...

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...