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Support the Henry’s Fork Foundation

trout stream, Henry's Fork, Idaho

The Henry’s Fork Foundation is conducting it’s annual fundraiser, a virtual auction this year, featuring 124 items. Offerings include fishing gear, trips, instruction, books and artwork. An especially coveted offering is a painting by famous western artist Dave Hall. Here are the links to the auction, Dave’s website, and the Foundation’s website. https://events.handbid.com/auctions/2021-salt-lake-cityboise-virtual-event/item/thinking-about-the-ranch-original-by-dave-hall-895941 DaveHallFineArt.com http://henrysfork.org […]

The Old-Fashioned Winged Wet Fly

the old-fashioned winged wet fly

I recently saw a blog titled “How to Fish the Old-fashioned Winged Wet Fly”, and it gave me pause. The assumption has always been that until Pulman codified dry fly fishing in 1851 in the “Vade Mecum of Fly Fishing for Trout” (https://amzn.to/2K3uuCx), that fly-fishing was a subsurface affair. But is it possible that the old-fashioned […]

“The Fishing in Print”, a Book Review

the fishing in print- a book review

As you may have surmised by now, I really enjoy reading the older fly-fishing literature. If you share this interest, I would suggest that you read Arnold Gingrich’s “The Fishing in Print, A Guided Tour Through Five Centuries of Angling Literature” (1974, http://amzn.to/1R8jNZI. This work in no way resembles a catalogue; rather it is a […]

Get Out of the Drift Boat!

fly fishing southeast Idaho

For many first-time anglers, the journey begins in a drift boat, on a big western stream. Captivated by their experience, I’m often asked what one can do to learn more about fly fishing. My short answer is, “Get out of the drift boat!” A typical day for beginners in a drift boat consists mostly of […]

Orvis PRO Trout Line

Orvis PRO trout line

Orvis acquired Scientific Anglers several years ago. Since that acquisition, the Orvis lines have undergone a complete overhaul. The most recent line upgrade was recently introduced as the PRO lines. This is a review of the Orvis PRO trout line. This fall, I cast and fished the smooth Orvis PRO trout line (https://amzn.to/39VlC9V ). It has a […]

Product Review: Simms Intruder Boot

Simms Intruder Boot

If you like to wet-wade, you should check out the new Simms Intruder Boot (https://www.simmsfishing.com/intruder-boot). It is designed specifically for wet-wading. In years past, I have tried wet-wading sandals, shoes and boots. By far, the Intruder is the best wet-wading footwear I have yet worn! It is built with an integrated neoprene sock. This provides […]

Fly Fishing the Subsurface, Soft Hackles

soft hackles

It has been said by many, that effective subsurface fly patterns have two necessary attributes. They must look a little like many bugs, and they must behave like a living bug. This perfectly describes the attributes of the wet fly patterns generically referred to as “soft hackles”. Despite this, when fishing the subsurface, anglers far […]

Fly Fishing the Subsurface, Tightline Nymphing

tightline nymphing

Last month, in “Fly Fishing the Subsurface, Suspension Nymphing“, I began a series of blogs reviewing techniques used to fly fish the subsurface for trout. This blog, “Fly Fishing the Subsurface, Tightline Nymphing”, continues the series. I prefer to use the inclusive term, “tightline nymphing”. It lumps Euro, Czech, Polish, Spanish, French, Hewitt, Brooks, and […]