It’s winter, the first day of January, the first month of the year, and in Virginia, the coldest month of the year. For the trout fisherman, this presents a host of challenges. It can be cold and windy, and the riparian foliage is bare, offering little cover for stealth. In addition, the diminutive midge is […]
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Category: How To Fly Fish
The category “How to Fly Fish” includes a broad array of information. In contrast to the category “Fly Fishing Techniques”, an effort has been made to provide information most helpful to fly fishers at the entry level.
After spending the summer in Montana, interrupted by a two-week trip to Kamchatka (see September article), I knew that when I returned to Virginia I would have to adjust my fly fishing expectations, or in political parlance, “do a reset”. However, I was not prepared for the severity of drought that I found to be […]
Fall is a time of transition, from summer to winter. Many changes occur in watersheds during this time which will affect fall fly fishing strategies for trout. Some changes are obvious, such as cooler ambient and water temperatures, lower stream levels, crystal clear water, and colorful streamside foliage. I took these pictures yesterday along the […]
It’s April, a month of transition in the Virginia Piedmont region. For the trout fisherman, it’s a time of transition too, from days of mostly tying flies to days of fly fishing. Spring fly fishing offers some of the year’s best dry fly fishing. Trout emerge from their winter holes, hungrily looking for food. Just […]
It’s almost March, yet here in the Piedmont it is still winter this year. I can hear Western fly fishers chuckling when they hear or read of complaints of a harsh winter from their Mid-Atlantic brethren. But the polar vortex has rendered conditions not seen in Virginia in at least the past forty years. The […]