Trout tips

Trout Tips: Barefoot on the boat

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...

Trout Tips: Now is the time for lake trout

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...

Trout Tips: Arrow tube? Or rod tube?

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...

Trout Tips: Wait for it…

Trout Tips: Wait for it…

A bonus for waiting and watching. Photo by Chris Hunt. I spent the weekend in Yellowstone National Park, catching the tail end of the fishing season and enjoying some glorious fall weather that, by late October, is usually only a memory for die-hard anglers who visit...

Trout Tips: Up or down? Dry or wet?

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...

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Trout Tips: How the fly looks to fish

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...

Trout Tips: The value of midges

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...

Trout Tips: Dust your fly

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,...

Trout Tips: Fly selection for lakes

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...

New gear: TroutHunter EVO nylon tippet

New gear: TroutHunter EVO nylon tippet

TroutHunter, the iconic fly fishing outfitter and fly shop in Island Park, Idaho, on the banks of the storied Henry’s Fork, is launching a new line of nylon tippet that the company claims has the strength of flourocarbon and floats better than other nylon...

Trout Tips: The lake cast

Trout Tips: The lake cast

Fly casting from the open surroundings of a lake shore is one of the best ways to improve your technique and gain some casting confidence. But, as Russ Miller from Fishpond demonstrates below, casting can be even better if you position yourself for success. Cast...

Trout Tips: The still-water retrieve

Trout Tips: The still-water retrieve

Fly fishing lakes for trout can be tricky. With an entire of body of water at their disposal and no need to make quick decisions on food that floats by like it might in a river, trout tend to dial in on what’s in the water at any given time. Still Water Retrieve...

Trout Tips: Fly Fishing Lakes

Trout Tips: Fly Fishing Lakes

We spend a lot of time talking about chasing trout in rivers and streams, but some of the best lake fishing of the year is under way all across the country. Trout Tips | Fly Fishing Lakes from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. Above, Russ Miller from Fishpond offers up some...

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