Dad – A Guest Post

Editor’s note: Some good friends of mine recently lost their father, and we lost a friend and good man. My friend wrote a touching piece in tribute to his dad and their shared love of fly fishing. It’s the Trout Life blog post this week, shared with permission. Tight Lines, Don Trout Life Co-Founder I […]

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Getting Started with Steelhead

December is almost here, the weather is frigid, and the steelhead are finally showing up in their usual haunts. While the sockeye salmon run is the lowest ever recorded (thanks to warmer water temps, according to CBC News based out of British Columbia), the steelhead are plugging along as usual. If you’ve always thought about […]

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The Fly you Need for Fall Midge Hatches [VIDEO]

The brown trout spawn is in full swing, which means that unless you’re fishing behind their redds to catch other trout feeding on brown trout roe, you’re stuck looking for other fish. Luckily, this fall and winter time of year brings out some of the most technically challenging – yet incredibly rewarding – dry fly […]

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The Truth About Working in Fly Fishing

About a decade ago, I was convinced my future lay in writing about sports; specifically, I wanted to write about the Utah Jazz. I grew up on Hot Rod Hundley’s dulcet tones, highlights of John Stockton weaving passes to Karl Malone, and Jerry Sloan getting tossed from games after shouting an impressive string of obscenities […]

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The Lucky Fishing Hat

Fly fishing is a game of luck more than most anglers care to admit. Skill definitely plays a part but more often than not success (as defined by catching fish) amounts to being in the right place at the right time. As John Gierach wrote in his 2011 book No Shortage of Good Days,  “One of […]

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Steelhead Season is Coming [VIDEO]

The air has a crisp bite to it, and I’ve had to scrape frost off my car windows more than once in the past few weeks. I live at an elevation of 4,500 feet above sea level; some of my favorite fishing holes already have snow that likely won’t melt until next June. This all […]

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When to Unmatch the Hatch

Header Photo courtesy Ryan Kelly, @GreenRiverFlyFisher on Instagram We’ve all been in the situation before. The one where fish are rising all around you – as if they’re mocking you – to a bug you can’t quite identify. Whatever the fish are eating, though, is obviously tasty enough to lure even the lunker trout from […]

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Arctic Char in Iceland [Video]

Iceland is an underground fly fishing destination – like Patagonia, before Patagonia was cool. It’s not hipster, because that lifestyle and fly fishing just don’t mesh, but it is criminally underrated as a fishery. You can see that evidence in this video from Jorgen Hansson, who filmed a trip to Iceland for arctic char. Arctic char are […]

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