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“Tactical Fly Fishing”- a Book Review

book review

“Tactical Fly Fishing”, by Devin Olsen, is the latest book by a member of the Fly Fishing Team USA. Like previous team members’ books, it details the various methods of Euro Nymphing, or tight-line nymphing. However, this is still a valuable addition to the current fly fishing literature. The real strength of Olsen’s work lies […]

Read Trout Streams Like an Expert, Even if You’re Not

fall fishing fall

When I take newcomer fly fishers to a stream, one of the first questions asked is where to cast the fly. Teaching newcomers to read trout streams is challenging. More experienced fly fishers are accustomed to breaking down the water into primary lies, feeding lies and holding lies. They look for riffles, runs, pools, tailouts, […]

Global Warming, a Call to Trout Anglers

global warming

I was prompted to write this blog after reading an editorial, written by 13 year old Kian Tanner, already an avid trout angler. It was titled “Are There Any Adults in the Room?” (https://www.hatchmag.com/blog/are-there-any-adults-room/7714744). Call it “Climate Change”, or “Global Warming”, I don’t care. But the inconvenient truth is that our planet is warming. Trout […]

“Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout”, a book review

nymph fishing for larger trout

Another of my favorite author’s is Charles E. Brooks. He hales from an earlier era, and wrote several books, two of which I have read. I particularly liked “Nymph Fishing for Larger Trout” (1976). It is  illustrated by Dave Whitlock. Although concise, the author summarizes ten nymphing methods employed at that time. In addition, he […]

“Moving Water”, a Book Review

"Moving Water"

In “Moving Water”, Dave Hall, fly fisher, author and artist, combines his talents to reflect upon experiences along his life-long fly fishing journey, shared with friends and family. The verses come in snippets, leaving much unsaid. The accompanying misty, muted paintings portray the peace, tranquility and beauty to be found in nature and friendships. The […]

Fishing Streamers

fly fishing fall

As leaves begin to turn from green to crimson and gold, trout anglers begin to think of fishing streamers. While streamers can, and probably should, be fished throughout the year, few question their especial efficacy in the fall. This is particularly true in streams inhabited with fall spawners, that is,  brown and brook trout. Exhausted […]

Native Trout Restoration

native trout restoration

I am a life member of Trout Unlimited, and believe in the balance of nature that biodiversity provides. But native trout restoration is an issue that gives me angst. It’s hard to witness the destruction of a healthy fishery with rotenone, in the hopes of restoring a native fishery. I do ponder whether it is […]

Fly Fishing Season Transitions- Strategies for Trout

four seasons of fly fishing

Over the past several years, I have written separately about the four seasons of fly fishing for trout. Done in this manner, I think it’s difficult to convey the many changes that occur during the transition from one season to another. With this piece, I will focus on the transitions. It is during these periods […]

Spring Fly Fishing in the Blueridge Mountains- a Photo ...

spring fly fishing

Spring is the season of hope, at least for fly fishers. We have become weary of winter, of fishing impossible-to-see midges, and of standing in chilly rain and snow waiting for an olive hatch to happen. Spring refills the trout streams with water, and promises a return of more predictable hatches, with flies that don’t […]

Fly Fishing Fall- a Photo Essay

fly fishing fall

Fall is a special season for all, especially for fly fishers. The multi-colored riparian foliage is like a brilliant tapestry, strung along the  streams’ edges. Its sheer beauty is sometimes distracting when fly fishing fall. But the trout, brook and brown, are in peak condition, ready to spawn, and fiercely defend their reds. Thus it is the […]

Fly Fishing Destinations – Ennis, Montana

fly fishing Ennis, Montana

Fly Fishing Destinations – Ennis, Montana Montana and fly fishing are almost synonymous. Ever since Norman MacLean’s novella, “A River Runs Through It“, became a movie in 1992, fly fishing has become increasingly popular. As a result, Montana has become a major destination for fly fishers. There are so many good streams and destinations in Montana to consider, […]

Fly Fishing Tips: How to Find More Trout

Donna on the Madison

Fly fishing magazines frequently publish articles with titles like “Six Steps to Better Fly Fishing”, or “Ten Tips to Catch More Trout”. But in this article, “Fly Fishing Tips: How to Find More Trout”, I’m going to up the ante, and discuss THE ONE TIP which is most likely to put more trout into your net. I […]

Destinations – Fly Fishing British Columbia

fly fishing British Columbia

British Columbia is a storied fly fisher’s paradise first brought to the attention of the fly fishing world by the many books of famous author/fly fisherman Roderick Haig-Brown. He living on Vancouver Island, and his fishing and writings were mainly centered on the coastal rivers of British Columbia and their native fish, salmon and steelhead. […]