Trout tips

How to double-haul

How to double-haul

I was reminded this week of the importance of being a good caster and not getting too dialed into your more frequent fly-fishing targets. I live in eastern Idaho. Trout country. A long cast on a small backcountry trout stream might be 30 feet, and that’s rare....

How to fish a soft hackle

How to fish a soft hackle

I became a soft-hackle devotee about five years ago after a visit to Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Mont., on a fly-buying binge for a trip to the Firehole River. The shop’s proprietor–and fly fishing legend–Craig Mathews convinced me to give...

Trust the fly

Trust the fly

Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. Whether I’m fishing for striped bass in Massachusetts or trout in New Hampshire, my habit has been to choose a reliable fly...

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Don’t be afraid to try new things

Don’t be afraid to try new things

Editor’s note: The following is excerpted from TU’s book, “Trout Tips,” available online for overnight delivery. The part of the world I fish most is full of small, clear and very tight spring creeks. To most, that means delicate presentations...

Seine the water

Seine the water

My best tip to finding the right fly, especially if you are nymphing, is to seine the water before you start fishing. Spend $3.97 for a two-pack of five-gallon paint strainers at Home Depot, which will fit right over a net. Get a buddy to stir up rocks and river...

Keep in touch with that line

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...

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....

Trout Tips: The approach

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...

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