Trout Tips: Casting from a tight spot

We’ve all been there. The fish are rising on the far bank, and you can reach them … if only you had enough room behind you for a backcast. But you don’t. What to do? In the video above, TU’s Kirk Deeter demonstrates a simple technique borrowed from spey casters that simply helps you get … Read more

Fly tying: The Rusty Rat

When I first started tying my own flies, I became infatuated with Atlatic salmon flies, even though, in the heart of Colorado’s Arkansas Valley, there wasn’t an Atlantic salmon within 2,000 miles that wasn’t lyling flat on ice in a grocery store. There was just something about the art of it all. The colors. The … Read more

Trout Tips: Don’t drop the rod tip

Fly casting is an inexact science for most folks—we all have our little quirks and bad habits that tend to eke into our fishing, particularly during times of fatigue, or when action is fast and getting flies on the water is important. One bad habit I’m guilty of possessing is the one that my buddy … Read more

Trout Tips: The false cast

False casting is a necessary evil for fly casters, but it’s important to realize that it serves several purposes. First, if you’re fishing dry flies, it helps dry your fly and keep the fly floating longer during a fishing session. Second, as TROUT Magazine Editor Kirk Deeter demonstrates in this week’s edition of Trout Tips, … Read more

Fly tying: JC’s Skunk Pygmy Sculpin

I’m warming to streamer fishing for trout, but I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a late convert. My aversion to heaving heavy flies into deep water using sink-tips, shooting heads or full-on sinking lines could more aptly be described as an abhorance of the inconvenient. Throwing that much weight with heavy rods just seemed … Read more

Trout Tips: Shorten your strip

Shorten the strip to improve chances at connecting with fish. Photo by Chris Hunt. I had the extreme good fortune of spending the last two weeks in Chile’s northern Patagonia region, fishing rivers like the Yelcho and the Palena. But we also fished Lago Yelcho, a big, beautiful blue lake that soaks up dozens of … Read more

Fly tying: Holy Grail Caddis Emerger

As I write this, I’m tucked into the lodge at Yelcho en la Patagonia in southern Chile, waiting out a torrential rainstorm and reflecting on a week of truly unique fly fishing. We’ve fished Lago Yelcho a number of times, and have floated the upper Rio Yelcho twice, enjoying some truly good fly fishing for … Read more

Trout Tips: Can you see your thumb?

When I first read the Little Red Book of Fly Fishing by Kirk Deeter and Charlie Myers, perhaps the tip that helped me the most was the idea that if you could see your thumb in your peripheral vision as you casted, you were casting within that old “10 and 2” range on the imaginary … Read more

Fly tying: Rusher’s Steelhead Nymph

Tim Flagler has steelhead on the brain. It is that time of year, though, so all is forgiven. On Western rivers that run to the sea, these far-traveling, ambitious rainbows have come home, and they’re in the tailouts and the deep pools, waiting winter out just like the rest of us. In the upper Midwest, … Read more