Fly Fishing

What breaking strain tippet to fish?

When fly fishing, it is best to select tippet based on its diameter, not on its breaking strain. The best diameter is based on the size of the fly you plan on casting, not on the weight of the fish you hope to land. It is also worth noting, that the tippet diameter must be … Read more

Trying to fish into the wind
Trout fishing advice | Fly Fishing

Fly fishing into strong winds

When trying to fly fish I hate the wind, it roughs up the surface making spotting difficult, not to mention that the gusts can ruin an otherwise perfect cast. I learned to fly fish on one of the windiest trout rivers in the world, the daily averages wind-run is something like 155 mph (it is … Read more

Gear and reviews | Fly Fishing

2 vs 4-piece fly rod. Is there a difference?

This is going to be a short article, because there is next to no difference in performance between casting a modern, graphite 2-piece or a 4-piece fly rod. In the hand, they feel identical. Either, will cast just as far and with comparable accuracy. Budget is also not a consideration, even cheap 4-piece rods have … Read more

Choosing the Perfect Fly Fishing Indicators: The Top 8 Picks
Gear and reviews | Fly Fishing

Choosing the Perfect Fly Fishing Indicators: The Top 8 Picks

There is no one best strike indicator under all conditions. What works well on a spring creek, will likely struggle on a boisterous freestone river. In all honestly, I rarely fish indicators, but sometimes they are essential. A necessary evil. Some nymphs are simply too heavy to suspend under a dry fly hence the need … Read more

How to catch trout in hot weather
Trout fishing advice

How to catch trout in hot weather

Another summer, another heatwave is hitting the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures over 110 are being predicted for the interiors of Oregon and Washington states. Globally this is not an isolated occurrence, with newsworthy heatwaves hitting northern Europe earlier in the summer. I am not going to discuss the heatwaves in general. But I want to cover … Read more

Does Spinning or Fly fishing catch more trout? (My experience)
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Does Spinning or Fly fishing catch more trout? (My experience)

Simple question, but a difficult answer. The number one variable which determines the number of trout caught is not the lure or gear used but the skill of the angler. A novice with a spinning rod, will nearly always outfish a novice with a fly rod. The learning curve required to fish with spinning gear … Read more

Trout fishing advice

Does the moon influence trout fishing?

The moon’s influence on trout fishing often gets brought up in conversations between fishermen. Trout fishermen are no exception, although they are less concerned about it than sea fishermen. The influence of the moon on trout fishing can be observed in three primary ways. Firstly, the amount of light during nighttime can impact the behavior … Read more

Exploring the Probable Factors Behind the August Appearance of Brown Trout in Spawning Streams
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Exploring the Probable Factors Behind the August Appearance of Brown Trout in Spawning Streams

I have recently been hearing reports from the Rocky Mountain area, that large brown trout are showing up in streams that only hold rainbows and cutthroat trout this time of year. Meanwhile, other reports, are saying that fewer trout are being caught lower down the river system. Productive pools and runs now seem barren. For … Read more