Keep in touch with that line

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. With my clients, I find that many of them lose touch with their fly line following their cast. I emphasize holding on to their line throughout the cast with their line hand, and then transferring their line to their … Read more

Video spotlight: How to water haul

Throwing big streamers, heavy “hopper-dropper” rigs or multiple-nymph rigs can be a bear to cast. While a traditional cast can work, anglers open themselves up to potential errors—and potential tangles—if they’re not very careful casting these rigs. Video of Fly Casting | How to Water Haul Above, Pete Kutzer of Orvis demonstrates a super-simple method … Read more

Trout Tips: The Mirror Effect

Editor’s note: The following is exerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. Just like it’s always shocking to hear your own voice, it can also be surprising to see what you look like when you cast. There’s a reason ballet studios and music rooms have large mirrors: this is the way … Read more

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