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Techniques

Understanding Trout Rise Forms

With dry fly season fully underway, I thought it was a good time to remind everyone of the importance of learning about and understanding rise forms. You can learn a ton from the way a trout eats off the water's surface, and decoding those rise forms can often mean the difference between success and failure during a big hatch. The details are all in this...

Smoked Trout Fritters Recipe

With ice-off happening at most of the high-country lakes around me here in the Rockies, and plenty of fat, hungry trout throwing themselves at flies, I reckoned it's time to talk about cooking trout. I know a lot of fly anglers don't like to keep trout, and for good reason. We've long had the catch-and-release edict hammered into our consciousness, and our...

Up Versus Down

This is one of the more insightful technique-focused pieces I've come across in a while. Tony Bonvasit, of The River Reporter, discusses in his latest piece the inherent dilemma in fishing nymphs and wet flies. The bugs, when hatching, swim "up." However, we tie flies that sink "down," creating a discrepancy that must be rectified. Read his article in...

Give Skating a Try When Fishing Flat Water

The first time I ran across the concept of skating was when I watched Lee Wulff tie a bucktail skater, sans vise, on the side of a remote lake in Labrador. He proceeded to cast it, stripping it violently across the water, and spurring brook trout bigger than anything I've ever seen to recklessly pester his creation. Since then, I've tried (and failed) to...

Fix Twisted Fly Line in Seconds

How often do you end up spending more time untangling a twisted fly line than you do fishing? I know that happens to me all too often. Luckily, this recent post from Louis Cahill over at Gink & Gasoline gives some awesome tips for taking the twist out of a fly line in seconds. Read through it in its entirety here.

Guiding for the Future

A new, unique program designed to help improve the guiding and fly fishing experience is now accepting applications for its 2020 course. Guiding for the Future is not about landing the most or biggest fish. G4F is about knowledge, ethics, conservation, and a commitment to stewardship as core responsibilities of a professional guide and outfitter. The...

How to Use a Float Tube for Fly Fishing

Float tubing is one of the most effective ways to cover lakes and ponds, especially when fly fishing for trout. They open up a whole new world if you're willing to pack one into the high country. There's one lake I love that sits about 8,000 feet above sea level, and is about a 1.5 mile walk in. The hike isn't too bad, but it's cumbersome with a float tube...

Tools for Streamer Fishing

In a recent piece from George Daniel over at Fly Fisherman Magazine, he details some great tips and tricks for fishing streamers. For years, I shied away from fishing streamers, simply because I didn't know where to start. Now, though, streamers are my fly of choice for most of my big-water fishing. Take some time to read through this piece, and apply a...

How to Cook Fish Over Fire

If you ever need anything related to cooking fish or wild game, then you probably should head to MeatEater first. Steven Rinella's cookbook is like a Bible to most sportsmen I know, and it's always fun to try new recipes on your favorite wild game. Which is why I wanted to share this new piece by Lukas Leaf, on how to cook fish over a fire. With the...

Become a Better Caster

I've guided off and on over the past decade, most of it spent with people who'd never fly fished before. By far, the most difficult part of guiding someone who'd never fly fished before is teaching them how to cast. Fly casting is more art than science, and I often find myself using phrases like, "You'll feel the load come off the tip of the rod, then you...