Trout Tips: Ditch the indicator

First, a disclaimer: There is absolutely nothing wrong with fishing nymphs with a strike indicator. For a lot of folks, this is a go-to rig for nymphing, and it can be very effective. But, as Garrison Doctor of Rep Your Water points out in the video below, using an indicator isn’t the most … delicate … Read more

Trout Tips: Be stealthy

‘Tis the season for tailwater angling, even in the coldest of mountain climes, and Garrison Doctor of Rep Your Water has some simple advice for anyone taking to the river this shoulder season: be stealthy. Trout Tips | Be Stealthy from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. In the video above Garrison offers up some great advice … Read more

Trout Tips: In winter, be ready for any conditions

Garrison Doctor of Rep Your Water has some great advice for anglers heading out in the winter to chase trout. It’s simple, really, and it oozes with plain, old common sense. Be ready for anything. Trout Tips – Winter Fishing Intro from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. Conditions in winter can vary from blue-bird skies (like … Read more

Trout Tips: Eliminate Pressure

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. Try not to put a kid in a position where that first cast will be the only one that counts. Experienced fly guys are so used to situations where that first drift of a dry or swing of a … Read more

Trout Tips: Play the Banjo

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” which is available online for overnight delivery. Ever get gunk and weeds on your tippet or leader? Of course. We all do. But rather than using your fingers to try to pick the mess of your fly, weight or knots connect the leader to … Read more

Trout Tips: Floating fly boxes

Foam fly boxes float. If you want to see your flies again, make sure fly box floats, too. Several years ago, I was steelhead fishing on Idaho’s Salmon River. I’d spent the week leading up to the trip tying flies and gearing up. Steelhead on the Salmon were—and still are—a fish that came calling on … Read more

Trout Tips: Turn over rocks

When I was a kid fishing with my grandfather on bigger water, the first thing he always did was flip over rocks as we walked along the river. He’d give each rock a good look, and he’d point out squiggly little bugs to me and my brothers and cousins. “See that?” he’d ask, pointing to … Read more

Trout Tips: The stream not taken

Often, the best fish live in the waters others won’t walk far enough to reach. The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online now for overnight delivery. Fish places others don’t. There’s a difference between improving as a fly fisherman and improving your fishing. Spending time on technical, heavily pressured tailwaters can … Read more

Trout Tips: Finding the perfect fishing lodge

TU volunteer Steve Zakur found the right place for his adventure a couple years ago. I’m always a bit apprehensive about dropping big money on a far-flung fishing adventure to some distant lodge in the middle of nowhere. There are just so many things to consider, and the price and location are just a couple … Read more