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Tag: trout

Tippets: Prime Time on Winter Waters, Picking and Fishing with Chris Pandolfi

In this pro tip, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop details why staying on the water late in the winter is an effective strategy. “Oftentimes, the water and air temperatures are warmest just as the sun starts to go down–which also creates low-light conditions that make trout feel less wary,” writes Phil Monahan. “That’s when you may go from one...

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...

The Expanding World of Trout Spey

You may have overheard a few fellas at your local fly shop talking about two handed rods, trout Spey fishing, and the confusing menagerie of lines. At first you might be saying to yourself, I thought that Spey Rods were for fishing for salmon in the UK or hunting steelhead in the NW. Trout? Who would fool themselves into fishing for a silly 2-pound 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...

"A Wicked Place"

The spot is full of poison ivy. And ticks. And timber rattlesnakes. So don’t go there. Ever. Plus, it’s not particularly fun to fish—a steep, uneven shoreline where you have to stand angularly, like you are wearing high heels instead of waders. One wrong step, and you are in cold river water up to your chin. But trout like to line up in the bubble...

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...

"Samuel Cole"

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Samuel Cole moved with his family to the town of Berlin, where Samuel’s father joined his uncle and two cousins working at the Brown Company’s pulp mill located along the bank of the Androscoggin River. Samuel’s father and uncle leased land across the border in western Maine, where they built a cabin located beside...

"Bypassed Fishing"

Often, when making long hikes up into the backcountry I pass streams, small or not so small, which “look good.” I’ll think to myself, as if conversing with someone, “If a fisherman took the time they would likely find some good fishing there.” Some of these streams are in steep country and are basically pocket water, pocket water never ending, so...

Loon Live Featuring the Swinger Stone and Swinger Sculpin

In queue for the next Loon Live event are two patterns perfect for any trout spey box: the Swinger Stone and Swinger Sculpin. “If you've never swung flies for trout, either by using a small two-handed rod or your traditional fly rod, then you're missing out.” Tune in to learn more on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 6 p.m. (PST).

"Stuck"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "I lost many flies to the bottom last year (which seemed to be the only way to catch fish). I tend to just straighten my rod and pull when I am snagged, because if I try to save the fly I thrash around and ruin the fishing. Every time I break off, however, I have to re-tie...