Yards of un-held line coiled up around people’s feet without a hand managing it, a long drooping bend of line between some of the rod guides, or just a coiled up pile of line drifting downstream between the rod tip and the fly. These are just a few of the problems that can occur while fly fishing.Read More
Streamer fishing in this modern age usually provokes thoughts of 6 in. articulated monsters heaved at the bank and ripped back to the boat with ferocious intensity. What I am referring to is not this. I'm talking about tiny streamers. Things modern streamer anglers may scoff at.Read More
I love small stream fishing. Following water in the middle of beautiful nowhere trying to fool trout on the fly has only a few comparisons in my mind. I have read numerous books on the subject, fished with other good anglers, and spent a lot of hours out in the woods fishing small streams. Here are ten tips I use, and wish I had known when I first started parading the creekside chasing trout.Read More
I like routine.
Knowing right where something should be and being able to access it easily makes life just a little nicer. I have plenty of systems in my fishing (and tying). These systems I have in place really help a lot in my fishing, as it provides you an extra edge by making you more efficient. As I once heard someone say, "There's fish in efficiency." It's a corny saying, but it's true…Read More
Typically when I picture small stream fishing, I envision a beautiful early summer morning casting dry flies to picture perfect brook trout. T-shirt weather where a lush baby green background contrasts the deep blue sky. If I listen, I can still hear the sound of water being interrupted only by the song of birds.
Winter is typically the complete opposite of this.
However, if you find the insatiable itch to get out on a new or a favorite small stream in the cold months of winter, you are not alone. I have gone out many, many times wandering the wilderness with numb hands, nose, and toes, and have picked up a few tricks that may help you find more success on the water when it’s not frozen over…Read More
"Getting a good drift is one of the most important aspects of fly fishing. You can have an exact imitation of the fly, the perfect rod and reel combo, a 100 dollar fly line, excellent sun light, or overcast day, and complete visibility of a fish, but you can still get it all wrong. Even without spooking the fish!
Your drift determines everything..."Read More
I have been playing around consistently with over-lining rods for over two years now, and have found some of the good and the bad of practicing it. I’ve used this method primarily on very small to medium sized streams, so that’s what I will focus on here.
Here’s what I’ve found:Read More
"I mentioned before about the enjoyment in fishing with friends. I wanted to include a few techniques I have found that make fishing with friends a little less stressful, more enjoyable, and can help a lot. These steps are geared towards the "guide" taking a beginner out fly fishing."Read More
"If you really want to get to know someone don't take them to a coffeeshop for an hour take them to the river for a day." Six points why I think fishing with friends is such a valuable tool for anglers to take advantage of.Read More
An invaluable technique for high water, muddy water, and grabbing a fish's attention. Most think causing a catastrophic splat of your fly should send fish scurrying to the depths, however, this is not always the case...Read More