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Pattern vs. Presentation

In a recent post over on Troutbitten, Dom Swentosky discusses the age-old pattern vs. presentation debate. Are trout really as picky as we make them out to be, keying in on a select few bugs at any given time of day? Or are they more opportunistic, and willing to eat just about anything that floats by? The answer lies somewhere in the middle, as usual...

Best Towns for Trout Fishing in the U.S.

Sage Marshall, over at Field & Stream, put together this fun story that looks at the five best towns to be "if you're a diehard trout angler." Not surprisingly, Bozeman, Montana made the list, as did Durango, Colorado. To find out the other places that made the list, read the full story here.

Story: Lessons From the Salt

Dom Swentosky has a great new piece over on Troutbitten about the lessons he learns as a trout angler from fishing saltwater. If you've ever spent time in trout rivers and fishing the salt, you've likely noticed a few similarities. Dom takes those similarities, digs into them, and figures out how to use the experience in saltwater to become better in...

DIY Magnetic Fly Box

Louis Cahill, over at Gink & Gasoline, put together a fun story on how you can create your own DIY magnetic fly box. As Louis says, one thing all fly anglers have in common is that we carry way too many flies. For those of us who carry smaller flies, magnetic boxes are particularly great, says Louis, because it's easier to get the flies off a magnet...

Fishing Alpine Lakes

It's that time of year when fishing the high alpine lakes provides some of the best fishing you'll get. But if you've never been up to these waters before, it can be intimidating figuring out where to start. This latest post from Orvis details how to find and fish alpine lakes for trout. Check it out here.

Are Fishing Apps Doing More Harm Than Good?

Joe Cermele tackled this topic in a recent story for Outdoor Life. Regardless of where you stand on using fishing apps, it's worth a read to get Cermele's perspective on this topic. There's a bit more nuance to using fishing apps than I think many of us realize. Read the story here.

Pursuing a Carbon Neutral Fishing Industry

In this piece from Amanda Monthei in Hatch Magazine, she asks an important question: can a sport that depends on healthy ecosystems achieve net zero emissions? Read the story here.

A Crash Course in Hopper Fishing

Ross Purnell put together this story about fly fishing with hoppers for Fly Fisherman Magazine. It's a great read that goes over all the finer points of what you need to know in order to find success while fishing with hoppers. Read it here.

Story: Fly Fishing is Dumb

In this story over at The Boston Globe, journalist Billy Baker begins by saying that fly fishing is dumb, and that he'd like someone to change his mind. According to Baker, he's tried to fly fish unsuccessfully for over a year, which most fly anglers can relate to in some fashion. In a last attempt to divine some enjoyment from fly fishing, Baker enlisted...

Sharpening Fly Hooks

Have you ever sharpened your fly hooks? Has that thought even crossed your mind? If not, you're probably like a lot of other fly anglers. However, there are a few good reasons to sharpen hooks, which Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outfitters discusses in this post over at Orvis. Read the post here.