Trout Tips

  • Voices from the river

    Dean of the Umpqua

    The thing about swinging flies for steelhead is that it’s remarkably unproductive. One wiles away entire days, even weeks, cultivating tennis elbow with nary a grab to show for it. Yet the allure of fishing this way for the iconic sportfish of the Pacific Northwest is somehow inversely proportional to its ratio of success. At…

  • Dam Removal

    Faces of Restoration: M. Jolma, Inc. reconnects habitat in Wisconsin

    Intro to Faces of Restoration series: TU works with some extremely talented characters while developing and completing projects in the field that help make fishing better. We are excited to bring you a series highlighting these Contractors. We hire equipment operators, truck drivers, laborers, material suppliers, engineers, technicians, and water testing labs. They are unique, talented, humble and some are downright…

  • Trout Tips

    Tension is the key to every cast

    Fly casting is an art grounded in physics. Line tension is, indeed, the key to every successful cast

    As a longtime fly angler, the basics of casting are now almost completely intuitive. But I remember those early days of fly casting, and can recall how fraught with worry I was when I started fishing with anglers who possessed more experience. Back then, I was less concerned with the opportunity to learn from better…

  • Fishing

    Bone-cold fishing in the face of winter

    Cold fingers sting back to life, pressed firmly against the vent as warm air, fresh from the engine block, puffs on pink digits. The heat reawakens icy toes, and what was numb is now just painful. I gobble a sandwich. Cameron is lost in his phone. We don't speak. Not because there’s nothing to say.…

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    Lesson from the guide: cover the water

    I’m a “freelance” fly fisher by trade. Even on new water, I tend to look for what appears to be familiar. Long, deep runs. Structure. Riffles. Tailouts.  Rising fish. And when I see the latter, I become somewhat laser-focused. Rising fish are feeding fish, and feeding fish are eminently catchable.  In the absence of rising…

  • Trout Tips

    How to stay safe while fishing in the winter

    This time of the year is a great time to be out chasing trout. Winter doesn’t have to get in the way of that

    A girl fly fishes in the winter.

    A year ago or so, here in eastern Idaho and on the rivers of Yellowstone Country, it was brutally cold. I remember one night, I huddled next to the fire inside while, outside, the mercury bottomed out at minus-22 degrees. It was a bit early to be seeing such cold weather, but if you’re going…

  • Community

    Introducing ‘Tying One On,’ with TU’s own Nick Halle

    Like a lot of us, his passion is fly fishing, and, like a lot of us, he ties his own flies

    At TU, many of us live to fish. For many of us here at the organization, the art of angling is what drew us to the need to protect the trout and salmon that we spend much of our lives chasing. Nick Halle is no different. As a volunteer operations coordinator, Nick is well-known among…