Trout Tips: The approach

Patience is perhaps the most elusive virtue—instant gratification, especially these days, is easier to attain. And it’s no different for fly fishers. Finding a good stretch of water to fish isn’t all that hard, but approaching it correctly, and giving yourself the best opportunity to catch not just one fish, but several fish, can prove … Read more

Trout Tips: Winter can offer hot fishing

One of the best days I ever experienced on Idaho’s fabled Henry’s Fork was also one of the coldest days I’ve every experienced on the water. It was one of those bitterly cold January days, but thanks to consistent water temperatures from an inflowing spring creek, the river was open and the fish were on … Read more

Trout Tips: The ABCs of winter trout fishing

Not all trout water is created equally—particularly in winter.  As Umpqua’s Russ Miller points out below, there are different holding lies for trout in the dead of winter. Trout aren’t likely to spend as much time moving about and chasing food as they are in secure, deeper waters where food is essentially delivered to them by … Read more

Trout Tips: Vulnerability is an asset

Try using emergers or “cripple” patterns when casting during a prolific hatch with lots of working fish. Photo courtesy Orvis. Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” which is available online and can be shipped in plenty of time for the holidays. When fish have a lot of options in terms … Read more

Trout Tips: Give terrestrials some life

Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” which is available online for overnight delivery. Fishing terrestrials in late summer can be very productive … and there’s nothing quite like fishing big bugs along grassy banks. In most trout-fishing situations, a drag-free drift is crucial, but not when it comes to fishing … Read more

Trout Tips: You’re throwing a weight

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” which is available online for overnight delivery. You’re throwing a weight and you should feel that. Granted, that weight looks like a 90-foot piece of spaghetti. But unlike conventional fishing, where the weight is concentrated at the lure (or bait), you cast and the … Read more

Trout Tips: Barefoot on the boat

This may go beyond actual trout fishing, but it’s a good lesson, and one that can be frustrating to learn. The simple truth is that fly line piled at your feet actually seems to look for something on which to get caught, and it usually finds it just as you’re making that money cast to … Read more

Trout Tips: Now is the time for lake trout

A lake trout from Shoshone Lake, Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Chris Hunt. I live within a two-hour drive of Yellowstone Lake, the site of one of the greatest environmental tragedies involving native trout in recent memory. In 1994, a non-native lake trout was caught and documented in Yellowstone Lake. Just over a decade later, … Read more

Trout Tips: Arrow tube? Or rod tube?

Years ago, I was fishing the Cardiac Canyon stretch of the Henry’s Fork over Father’s Day weekend, thanks to the able boatmanship of well-known guide Rod Patch. I’d never fished this stretch before, but rod put me and my fishing partner on fat and happy Henry’s Fork rainbows all day. It was epic. Rod set … Read more