Seine the water

My best tip to finding the right fly, especially if you are nymphing, is to seine the water before you start fishing. Spend $3.97 for a two-pack of five-gallon paint strainers at Home Depot, which will fit right over a net. Get a buddy to stir up rocks and river bottom a few feet upstream … Read more

Five flies for April

The guys at Trouts Fly Shop in Denver hit the Colorado River recently, and they did some serious damage to the river’s lively browns and rainbows using baetis imitations. Baetis, often imitated in the dun form by the venerable Blue-winged Olive, are great springtime flies, and among the first mayflies to emerge and hatch when … Read more

High-sticking with an indicator

Indicator nymphing has long been an accepted method for reaching trout that are feeding throughout the water column. But not everybody employs the high-stick method when using an indicator, and they should. It really improves your chances. Above, Orvis’ Pete Kutzer demonstrates how to incorporate a high-stick method with a traditional indicator rig (not everybody … Read more

Fly tying: Half-pint Midge

Here in the West, early spring is pretty tough to differentiate from late winter—many of our fabled trout streams will still be lined with snow for weeks to come. And that means, despite some warmer temperatures that will keep the ice out of our fly-rod guides, winter fishing is still the name the of the … Read more

Fly tying: Choosing the right bead for the right hook

/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/blog/Screen-Shot-2019-03-28-at-11.13.06-AM.png Many—if not most—mondern nymph patterns use beads in their tying recipes, either for added weight to get a fly down or for aesthetics. Some flies use beads to imitate little air bubbles used by emerging bugs, and some flies use colored beads to imitate various subsurface food sources, like fish eggs, for instance. Matching … Read more

Fly tying: Last Chance Cripple Hendrickson

As I watched Tim Flagler tie the Last Chance Cripple Hendrickson, I inadvertantly cringed at the language used in the video below. Fly tying may the last refuge for the antiquated term, “cripple.” Meant to imitate a mayfly that, for some reason or another, is struggling to break loose of the water’s surface film while … Read more

Fly tying: Managing materials

Crystal flash and tinsel are great for tying flies—particularly patterns that need to attract attention, like baitfish patterns, Woolly Buggers and other streamers. But handling those shiny materials can be a real pain. I can’t count the times I’ve found strands of crystal flash that have managed to make it through the laundry cycle and turn … Read more

Fly Tying: Egan’s Red Dart

Yes, it’s still January, and here in Idaho, most of spring’s upcoming runoff is either stacked a couple feet deep along our rivers, or it’s yet to fall as still more snow. But when the weather does warm up, and that snow begins to melt, many anglers will be looking for the ideal high-water fly … Read more