Trout Tips: Dress flies so you can see them

Sometimes it’s just as important for you, the angler, to see your fly as it is for the fish to see it. Photo by Chris Hunt. Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online or in our annual gear liquidation sale, along with seasons one and two of TU’s … Read more

Trout Tips: Up or down? Dry or wet?

It’s OK to have a plan to fish a stretch of water. Just be ready to change it if the river tells you something different. Photo by Chris Hunt How you approach a stretch of trout water depends largely on how you intend to fish it. Generally speaking, if you’re planning to swing streamers, fishing … Read more

Trout Tips: How the fly looks to fish

Remember, it’s about how flies look to the fish. Photo by Chris Hunt. Some flies are meant to catch fish, and some flies are meant to catch anglers. I am always surprised by how some of the patterns I think are sure-fire winners because they look so snazzy turn out to be duds. And sometimes, … Read more

Trout Tips: The value of midges

The venerable Griffith’s Gnat. Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. More than 50 percent of a trout’s food, in most places in North America, is comprised of midges—those tiny bugs that are seemingly everywhere. Some of us don’t like fishing patterns that small, but remember … Read more

Trout Tips: Think small, even on big water

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” which is available online for overnight delivery. Fishing big rivers can be intimdating. Large rivers contain complex patterns of habitat, some or all of which contain fish. The best way to approach a bigger water body is to almost partition it in your mind … Read more

Trout Tips: Walk, spot, stalk… and then cast

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. Too many anglers waste precious time blind-casting, hoping to hook fish. Fishing for the trophy fish is muc like hunting big game. The dedicated big-game hunter walks, spots, stalks, and then shoots; of course you don’t shoot (perhaps line), … Read more

Trout Tips: Let conditions choose your rod

An angler fishes a small mountain stream with a shorter, lighter fiberglass rod. For years, I’ve gravitated to lightweight and shorter fly rods, simply because I usually spend my summers chasing trout in tight quarters along snaking backcountry streams. The shorter rod length lends itself to fishing among overhanging willows, allows for tighter casts, shorter … Read more

Trout Tips: Dust your fly

This time of year, when dry-fly fishing is about all I do here on the creeks and streams of the Yellowstone region, I have become a fan of the silica-based fly “dusts” that help soak up water from spent dry flies and give them a second life. Most of us, when fishing dries, apply that … 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