Trout Tips: Small stream structure

I hear from a lot of anglers who prefer chasing big trout on big water that small-stream fly fishing is easy and that the fish aren’t as sophisticated as big-water trout. This may be true, in some instances, but I’m here to tell you that you’ll need more casts in your toolbox to effectively cast … Read more

Trout Tips: Small-stream fly patterns

I love small-stream trout fishing. High summer, when it finally arrives in the Rockies, is the perfect time to get into the backcountry and chase trout in smaller waters. In the video above, we cover some basic small-stream fly patterns that I like to use. I’ve always been a fan of using flies on small … Read more

Trout Tips: Rifle-shoot that cast

Editor’s note: The following is experpted from TU’s new book, “Trout Tips,” which is available for overnight delivery. When prospecting for trout, don’t flock-shoot and cast to the top of the run where you think there might be a fish and let your fly drift throught the whole run. Split the pool or run into … Read more

Trout Tips: Go different

Sometimes, picky fish will take something big and ugly. Something … different. Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s new book, “Trout Tips,” available now for overnight delivery. You probably know this, becuase it’s hardly a secret, but don’t get hung up on popular or traditional patterns. Sometimes, even on super-tough, technical water, fish … Read more

Trout Tips: Putting the line through the guides

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from “Trout Tips,” TU’s new book that can be shipped directly to you, overnight. The problem: When stringing a line on your rod, who hasn’t reached the tip, only to drop the line and then watch it fall all the way down through all of the eyes? The solution: … Read more

Trout Tips: Lessons from the gear guys

Editor’s note: You can own TU’s newest book, “Trout Tips,” and have it delivered overnight. The book is a compilation of tips and tricks from TU staffers and volunteers from all over America. I’m in Duluth, Minn., for the annual Outdoor Writers Association of America conference, and got the opportunity to do some great public … Read more

Trout Tips: Lessons from the Firehole

Editor’s note: For great fishing tips and tricks from TU staffers and volunteers all over America, you can buy TU’s new book, “Trout Tips” online and have it shipped overnight. I spent an afternoon last week on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park. It’s one of the West’s iconic rivers, and it’s also one … Read more

Trout Tips: Think like a fish

Rachel Andona of Emmett, Idaho, casts to brown trout in a fishy taiilout on the Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park. Editor’s note: The following is experpted from TU’s new book, “Trout Tips,” available for next-day delivery online. When you are out fishing and are on new water, trying to find fish, remember that fish are … Read more

Trout Tips: Size down or switch on a refusal

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s new book, “Trout Tips,” available for order online. If you know a fish saw your fly and didn’t pay attention to it, switch your pattern entirely. When the fish does pay attention, mabye even tracks it … rises… juuuust about opens its mouth, but, at the last … Read more

Trout Tips: Fish the Edges

Steve Zakur of Connecticut fishes the edge of a stream bank on a small stream in Montana. My buddy Mike Sepelak is a thoughtful angler. He’s got a steady cast, a smart approach to fishing, and, perhaps most importantly, he’s great to travel with. Over the years, he and I have fished in four countries … Read more