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Tag: trout

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...

Introduction to Fly Fishing Colorado's South Platte River

The South Platte River begins in Colorado high atop the frozen Continental Divide, home to a chain of rugged 13,000-foot, snowcapped peaks. This region comprises lush valleys, meandering meadow streams, and rose-colored, boulder-filled canyons. For generations it has been a recreation mecca and a fly fisher’s paradise in its purest form. The South Platte...

Tippets: Catching Rio Grande Cutts, Improve Casting with a Book

In this essay, Craig Springer, a Fish Biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, writes about the magic and wonder of catching the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, the official state fish of New Mexico. “Trout don’t grow large in small waters, but still, when I catch a cutthroat I feel like a man who just found a bag of money. Each fish is uniquely...

Tippets: Fishing the Winter Driftless, ABCs of Winter Water

In this essay, Tom Hazelton writes about finding a bit of open water in a Minnesota winter. “A winter trout in the net is a shock of color. The Driftless landscape's summer green is so drab now: greys, matte tans, and occasional blackish conifers. Same for the monochrome winter cityscape I've escaped to be here.” Via The Drake. In a recent episode of...

Tippets: Fly Fishing and Old Friends, Rigging for Trout Spey

“Like most trout fishermen my age,” writes Tom McGuane, “normal procedure is to find a place to get into some river and wade, an approach that confers a granular view of all on offer—details of bottom, hydrology, insect life, and general atmosphere.” Read his advice on aging while angling, as well as wise words from the likes of John Gierach and...

Tippets: Interview with Geoff Mueller, How Trout See

Geoff Mueller is the senior editor of The Drake magazine, copy-writer for many fly-fishing brands, and his essays have appeared in fly fishing’s top publications. He sits down for a thoughtful conversation on the Anchored with April Vokey podcast. They discuss “how he got involved in the industry, pushing people’s buttons, and if we’re loving our...

"Rita's Revenge"

Charlie O’Dowd was in mid swing when the silver Lexus pulled in behind his truck. His legs flexed as the maul sliced through the log he’d set on a stump. “Hey, you,” he called when his daughter stepped out from the driver’s door. “Hey, yourself,” she called back while her eight–year-old daughter climbed out of the back seat of the sedan. The...

Tippets: Big Game Hunter Hooks, Chasing Educated Trout

The new Big Game Hunter hook from Kona is ideal for tying Game Changers, tarpon flies, and other large flies. View specifics about the hook as well as a tying tutorial for the El Poonador tarpon fly, via Kona Fishing Products. While it is always fun to fish to naïve trout, pressured and educated fish can teach an angler many skills and strategies. In this...

Tippets: “Live the Stream” Showing, Tightline Nymphing

The film “Live the Stream: the Story of Joe Humphreys” will be shown at the State Theatre in State College, Pennsylvania, on Friday, January 18, 2019. The evening is a celebration of Joe Humphreys’ 90th Birthday. Learn more about the event here. When trout hold in deep water, tightline or "Euro" nymphing is a very effective technique. In this video...

"High Country Gems"

"This unplanned collaborative effort between myself and Bozeman, MT based photographer Pat Clayton fisheyeguyphotography.com took place on a recent hiking trip in the Greater Yellowstone region. We brought fishing gear, but never made a cast. Instead we spent a couple of days watching this incredible spawning ritual. After a full day of shooting above...