Trout Tips: The wind

The wind is the perceived enemy of many a fly fisher, but, as Kirk Deeter points out in this week’s video, it needn’t be. The key, as Deeter puts it, is to “make friends with the wind.” Or, as he demonstrates, use the wind to your advantage, even when it’s in your face. The key? … Read more

Fly tying: Off-the-hook Sucker Spawn

Several years ago, I was on an early-season prospecting trip into the headwaters of the Rio Grande in south-central Colorado, on the prowl for migrating cutthroats. I found a great little meadow-stretch of water and carefully crept to the edge of the river—really just a small stream at this elevation. Peering carefully over the edge … Read more

Trout Tips: Ready to go

There are a lot of little tips for fly fishing expedience that may not actually help you catch fish, but might make it easier to start fishing. The tip offered up by Kirk Deeter in the video below is one such idea that has become second nature to me and a lot of anglers who … Read more

Fly tying: A Kinder, Gentler Mop fly

A crane fly larvae. Confession: I’ve never fished a “mop” fly, but I’ve seen Tim Flagler’s gawdy versions before and honestly couldn’t figure out a practical use for such horrific creations. Until now. As Tim demonstrates in this week’s video, the Kinder, Gentler Mop is a ringer for a crane fly larvae, a common bug … Read more

Trout Tips: 40 feet in four seconds

I stood there, thigh-deep in the green waters of Long Island in the Bahamas, staring intently through polarized lenses at the pod of bonefish working way happily my way. I’d never caught a bonefish, and this was clearly my best chance. Standing beside me was Rod Hamilton of DIY Bonefishing fame—he’d taken pity on the … Read more

Fly tying: Get it Down Pat’s

About 15 years ago or so, I weaseled my way into the fly fishing competition when the ESPN Great Outdoor Games came to the Henry’s Fork. I managed to win the pre-competition casting accuracy event on the first day, but on a slow fishing day in April, I landed only a single trout—a 13-inch rainbow. … Read more

Trout Tips: The reach cast

Casting to perpendicular runs can be challenging–it’s often tough to get the right drift. Once anglers master the mend, the next tool that needs to be added to the tackle box to help get that perfect drift and send that fly downstream in a natural fashion is the reach cast. Here, TU’s Kirk Deeter demonstrates … Read more

Fly tying: Ken’s Crystal Worm

I have the same discussion with a lot of different folks about this time every year. Are flies that imitate worms … ethical? My take? Absolutely. They mimic a naturally occuring prey base in rivers, lakes and streams all over America, and, with high flows approaching in some of our snow-locked rivers, worm patterns are … Read more

Fly tying: The Puff Daddy Blue-winged Olive

The warmer weather this February here in the West has a lot of us thinking about rising trout. What started as a brutal winter with record snowfall is kind of going out with a wimper—I can see the grass on the front lawn here in Idaho Falls for the first time since mid-December, and we’re … Read more