Trout Tips: Tenkara in winter

Tom Sadler fishes Tenkara for winter brookies in a small Appalachian trout stream. I’ve tried everything to keep ice from accumulating on my fly rod guides during cold winter fishing trips. I’ve tried the paste and the sprays, and while they might work for a few minutes, they’ll eventually fail. It’s gotten to where I’ll … Read more

Trout Tips: Keep false casts off target

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. False casts are free, and they’re great for helping you measure out and judge distance. But they also spook fish. Several years ago, I stopped false casting directly over my target and started moving my false casts a little … Read more

Trout Tips: Organize by season

Editor’s note: The following is experpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available for overnight delivery. Organize your fly boxes by the time of year. Yes, BWOs and Adamses can go in any box, but rarely do I ever find the need to use a Hendrickson (light or dark) after I use a terrestrial. Early season … Read more

Trout Tips: Do new anglers a favor

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. As somebody who has covered fishing for more than 25 years, I have realized, hopefully not too late, that I relied too heavily on the people I was writing about. Too often, I let them tie the knots, pick … Read more

Trout Tips: Practice and conditioning are key

The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. To enjoy fly fishing, the following tips have proven to be extremely helpful and true: take the time to learn how to cast, and practice, practice and practice. Practice is not for the day you go fly fishing! Similarly, take the … Read more

Trout Tips: Hit the tail light

In New Zealand, where the waters are typically very clear, and the trout are always very smart, the exact spot where a fly lands near a trout can matter down to the inch. The Kiwis will tell you that as you are casting upstream at a fish’s position, it’s always best to miss to the … Read more

Trout Tips: Be a lurker

Editor’s note: For more great tips on fishing from TU members across the country, get your copy of TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight shipping. This time of year, when I plan out some distant winter fishing trips to places warmer and farther south, I become a lurker. Not the creepy, “Psst! Hey … Read more

Trout Tips: Look and listen for fish

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available for overnight delivery. On native trout water in some parts of the West, sometimes large chunks of water seem unoccupied, making you think that maybe the stream is completely barren. Not so. Cutthroat love to occupy certain stretches of habitat and leave other … Read more

Trout Tips: Bird’s-eye view

Sometimes, you can learn an awful lot more about a river, and specifically where fish will be holding in a river, by looking at it from above, rather than standing in it. Granted, that’s not always that easy when you are fishing in flat terrain. But I know plenty of anglers who have been driven … Read more

Trout Tips: The windshield never lies

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available for online purchase and overnight delivery. I recently took a long drive through Kootenay, Banff and Jasper national parks along the border with British Columbia and Alberta. Throughout the entire drive, delicious, glacial-tinged trout water paralleled my path. Trouble was, save for the … Read more