Trout Tips: The ‘worm’

We’ve all grown out of fishing with worms, right? Well, maybe we shouldn’t have, especially when this time of year rolls around and runoff strikes, sending a winter’s worth of snow down our rivers in a murky torrent. When high water hits and scours riverbanks, worms that dwell in the earth often find themselves waterborne, … Read more

Trout Tips: Skate the fly

This little small-stream rainbow gobbled up a skated caddis. Ah, the dry fly, cast upstream over the perfect current seam. Is there a better sight in all of fly fishing? And when it works out … Damn, it ‘s awesome. It’s inspiring, effective and, well, it’s proper. But things don’t always line up just right, … Read more

Trout Tips: Choosing a rod

When you can, cast a rod, or even take it fishing, before you spend hundreds of dollars on it. These days, when even a modestly priced rod will set you back $350, it’s more important than ever to choose wisely. Whenever I rod shop, I’m reminded of that scene in Indiana Jones and the Last … Read more

Trout Tips: 40 feet, 4 seconds

When I first waded the flats some years back, one of the Bahamian guides explained to me that I should have a good amount of line out on the water at all times, and if I wasn’t fishing, I should have the fly pinched between the thumb and forefinger of my non-casting hand. That way, … Read more

Trout Tips: Bring two rods

Fishing in late winter and early spring, before runoff kicks in, can be pretty tricky, given short windows for dry-fly action, the likelihood that, even though the calendar reads April, an out-of-nowhere snow squall is certainly possible and the general finicky nature of cold-water trout. The solution, as Garrison Doctor of Rep Your Water describes … Read more

Trout Tips: Practice makes perfect

Here’s one from the archives, and I picked it because a lot of fly fishers around the country are dusting off the gear and getting ready to hit the water for the first time this spring. It’s simple, really. Don’t forget to practice. Practice Casting Intro from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. Ask Kirk Deeter shows … Read more

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