Fly tying: The GFA Hopper

For me and other dry-fly enthusiasts (and that’s putting it mildly, at least in my opinion), this month is the month. It’s “hopper time.” Here in Idaho, our backcountry streams are in great shape–runoff is well past done, night-time temperatures are a bit chilly, whcih serves to keep our high-country streams cold. The warm summer … Read more

Trout Tips: Fly selection for lakes

Choosing the right fly for lakes might seem confounding, but here are a couple of rules to stick to—consider these the “foundation” for choosing flies for stillwater reservoirs, lakes and ponds: 1) Most coldwater lakes that have trout also have small aquatic insects called chironomids. These bugs slowly work their way to the surface, and … Read more

Fly tying: The Bluegill Belly Bean

Here in the West, we’re officially in the Dog Days — it’s hot. As Niel Simon wrote in Biloxi Blues, “Man, it’s hot. It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot.” OK, maybe I’m being a little dramatic. But, when it gets this hot, it stresses our lower-elevation trout strea ms—water temperatures … Read more

New gear: TroutHunter EVO nylon tippet

TroutHunter, the iconic fly fishing outfitter and fly shop in Island Park, Idaho, on the banks of the storied Henry’s Fork, is launching a new line of nylon tippet that the company claims has the strength of flourocarbon and floats better than other nylon tippets. Using EVO nylon technology, the company notes, the new tippet … Read more

Trout Tips: The lake cast

Fly casting from the open surroundings of a lake shore is one of the best ways to improve your technique and gain some casting confidence. But, as Russ Miller from Fishpond demonstrates below, casting can be even better if you position yourself for success. Cast Stillwater from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. The idea is to … Read more

Fly tying: CDC Micro Caddis

How many times have you stood at the tail of a run that’s just boiling with rising fish, but you have no idea what, exactly, they’re after? Yeah, dozens, right? Me, too. Video of CDC Micro Caddis Above, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, ties his CDC Micro Caddis, a fly that he uses in these … Read more

Trout Tips: The still-water retrieve

Fly fishing lakes for trout can be tricky. With an entire of body of water at their disposal and no need to make quick decisions on food that floats by like it might in a river, trout tend to dial in on what’s in the water at any given time. Still Water Retrieve from Trout … Read more

Trout Tips: Fly Fishing Lakes

We spend a lot of time talking about chasing trout in rivers and streams, but some of the best lake fishing of the year is under way all across the country. Trout Tips | Fly Fishing Lakes from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. Above, Russ Miller from Fishpond offers up some introductory information, with more to … Read more

Trout Tips: Mending your line

When fly fishing water with conflicting currents, we must “mend” our line to get the best possible drift. Achieving the often mythical “drag-free” drift isn’t always possible, but we can usuall extend the life of a fly’s drift over productive water by mending. Trout Tips | Mending from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. Above, Russ Miller … Read more

Trout Tips: See your fly better

Tying parachute-style flies can help anglers see the dry flies they’re fishing. This time of year, particularly on backcountry streams or during prolific big-bug hatches (think big salmonflies, for instance), it’s often just as important for you to see your fly as it is for the fish you’re after to track your offering. As I’ve … Read more