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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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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Tying the Chernobyl Ant

I’m not sure about the rest of the West, but here in Utah (and up in Wyoming as well) hopper season is finally arriving. We had an outrageously wet spring in Utah, and the hoppers are finally being forced the river’s edge as the last of summer’s green plants are only thriving there. That’s where […]

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10 Tips to Land More Fish

The following is a guest post from Ryan McCullough, a personal friend of mine and one of the best fly fishers I know. His insights on trout, and specifically fishing dry flies, has helped me become an immeasurably better angler. Ryan’s knowledge is timeless. Don’t miss out on any of it – connect with him […]

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1 Secret For Longer-Lasting Waders

I’ve never been the smartest of anglers – ask any of my fishing buddies and they’ll enthusiastically agree – but how I missed this incredibly simple trick to getting my waders to last longer is beyond me. For the past four years, I’ve spent roughly 150-200 days a year on the water. A lot of […]

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If Fish Could Talk

The following is a guest post from Ryan McCullough, a personal friend of mine and one of the best fly fishers I know. His insights on trout, and specifically fishing dry flies, has helped me become an immeasurably better angler. Ryan’s knowledge is timeless. – – Note from Spencer Durrant, Trout Life Marketing Director/Managing Editor […]

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5 Ways to Catch More Fish from Pocket Water

I love fly fishing pocket water. I know some guys who absolutely hate it. They’ll only fish long runs and riffles. That’s fine by me – it leaves more river from which I can pluck fish. Now, I’m by no means an expert at pocket water fishing, or even at fly fishing. I just spend […]

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May Means Caddis!

About five years ago, in the middle of May, my wife and I were standing on the F Street Bridge in Salida, Co. That bridge just happens to span the Arkansas River at the end of Old Town. I had persuaded her to come with me to view the Caddis hatch in all it’s glory. […]

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