Techniques

Ask MidCurrent: Best Bass Flies

Question: What are some of the best bass flies when using a 7- or 8-weight fly rod? ~ Rex from North Carolina Answer: For starters, the 7/8wt rod is in the sweet spot for bass, specifically largemouth and those football-shaped lake-dwelling smallmouth. A quality 6-weight would also be a fine addition for tossing smaller flies in creeks, clear waters, or...

Pick a Lane: How to Choose Your Dry Fly Drift

There’s nothing more rewarding than watching a trout rise up to sip a dry fly. It’s the most iconic moment in fly fishing, and one we all chase. For new fly anglers, catching that first trout on a dry fly is like reaching the final boss to beat the game. Yet, as they quickly find out, getting a trout to rise is often a lot more challenging than figuring...

Ask MidCurrent: We Need a Pocket-Sized Hatch and Fly Guide

Question: Why doesn't someone make a pocket-size hatch chart with the name and a photo of the insect along with a name and photo of the fly you should use? It would be such a help to those of us new to fly fishing. ~ Terry Answer: A well-designed chart that includes images and names of the most effective flies for specific hatches would indeed be a valuable...

Ask MidCurrent: Non-Native Trout vs. Native Fish Conservation

Question: Do wildlife agencies and some conservation nonprofits truly prioritize non-native trout over native fish species including native trout? If this is really happening, why? ~ Bob Answer: In the sphere of aquatic conservation, there's an elephant in the room: the preferential treatment of trout over native fish species. Wildlife agencies and...

Ask MidCurrent: Fly Fishing Gear for The Last Frontier

Question: I'm planning a trip to Alaska, so what size single-hand rods and what lines will I need? We'll be trying for grayling, rainbows, Dolly Vardens, and salmon. ~ Judith Answer: First off, congratulations to you! An Alaskan fly fishing adventure is a dream come true for many anglers, offering the chance to target a wide range of iconic species in some...

Ask MidCurrent: Weight Forward vs. Double Taper Lines for Dry Fly Fishing

Question: I've heard from several experienced fly anglers that double-taper fly line is best for dry fly fishing. Are the advantages of double-taper worth switching from weight-forward lines? Answer: Selecting the right fly line is one of the most important decisions an angler can make when gearing up for a day of dry fly fishing. The line serves as the...

Early Summer Streamer Strategies

Early summer is a time of plenty. The air is warm, the rivers cold, and the trout are active. With insects hatching by the thousands, fly anglers are spoiled which by the array of patterns that will catch unpressured trout feeding with unbridled gluttony. Most capitalize on this early summer bonanza by drifting dry flies through limpid pools or by bouncing...

Ask MidCurrent: Overlining and Underlining Fly Rods

Question: What are the advantages of overlining or underlining a fly rod? Answer: In the pursuit of the perfect cast and presentation, fly anglers continually seek ways to fine-tune their gear and techniques. One way to do this is by modifying a fly rod's line weight by overlining or underlining. These practices involve using a heavier or lighter line...

Ask MidCurrent: Why Fly Contrast and Color Matter

Question: I read recently that fly color doesn't make much difference to trout, but fly shape and size do. My question then is do contrasting materials make a difference? Recently I had a very good day of fishing with a Black Pennell wet fly. The tail is golden pheasant thus the contrast. - Bob from Rhode Island We fly anglers have been taught that when...

How to Catch Still-Water Trout

We trout anglers love our rivers. The sight, sound, and even the smell of flowing water stirs something in our souls and makes us think of drifting flies and rising trout. Rivers and streams are where we find our spirit as fly anglers and are an iconic part of the sport itself. Yet our love for flowing water often causes us to overlook some fantastic trout...