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Trout Fishing

  • October 4, 2013

    Reader Photo of the Day: "Monster Brown"


    Today's Reader Photo of the Day is this brown trout from Erie County, Pennsylvania, submitted by flickmybic36 to Catchbook, our fishing app for iPhone. According to flickmybic36 the fish was caught on a streamer.

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  • October 3, 2013

    Is it Smart Policy to Kill One Fish to Save Another?

    By Kirk Deeter

    In many parts of the country, anglers and wildlife management agencies are wrestling with the issue of saving native fish, or wild fish, or certain sportfish species. And in some of those situations, the threat to the "desired" species is often another species. And the answer, in many cases, is to kill off one type of fish to protect the other.

    It's a tricky situation, because in most of those scenarios, human manipulation of the ecosystem — often with good original intent — is the reason the problem exists in the first place. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 2, 2013

    How to Choose the Right Spey/Switch Fly Line


    By Tim Romano

    Let's face it, spey and switch fly lines are not the easiest things in the world to figure out. Almost everyone I know has questions, myself included. There are tons of different styles, weights, lengths, etc. and matching them to a specific rod can be challenging at best.

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  • October 1, 2013

    Gear Review: Cabela's New American-Made Fly Rods And Reels

    By Joe Cermele

    In case you haven't noticed, there is a big push in certain industries—the outdoor industry in particular—to get back to producing wares in the good 'ol U.S. of A. Not long ago I found out that Cabela's was signing on for the movement with plans to introduce an American-made fly rod and reel series. Ray Zink, Cabela's Flyfishing Manager, told me the time seemed right, so the brand partnered with a small rod manufacturer based in the Pacific Northwest. The result is the American Dream rod series, and the WLz reel series, which is also produced state-side and designed by Waterworks-Lamson. I got my hands on a test combo so I could "live the dream," if you will.

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  • October 1, 2013

    Why You Should Fish Wisconsin's Driftless Area

    By Kirk Deeter

    I spent the past three days enjoying some of the best dry-fly fishing I have ever experienced in my life, in a place that I had, frankly, underestimated for many years; the Driftless Area of western Wisconsin.  I spent a good part of my growing-up years in the Milwaukee area, but my family moved away before I really got into fly fishing, and I have never been back since.

    But I will be back again soon.  

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  • September 24, 2013

    Packing to Fish: Five Tips to Make Life Easy


    By Kirk Deeter

    I get many questions about how best to pack fishing gear for a flight. After thousands of miles and having gear broken and/or lost, I've come up with these five tips.

    1) On the question of how to pack rods... Do you carry them on or check them through?  I don't trust being able to carry them on. I've had some flights where I breeze right through, and other nightmares where I had to adjust at the check-in gate. It's so inconsistent, I check rods through now, but only inside tubes, inside my luggage. I've had too many rods broken trying to pack them in sleeves only. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 23, 2013

    The Muddler Minnow: Best Fly for Fall Trout


    By Kirk Deeter

    If I had to pick one trout fly for anywhere in the country now, it would be an easy choice: the Muddler Minnow. This pattern (and its cousins) can be fished several ways, and it imitates a wide range of things trout love to eat. Greased up, it floats like a grasshopper. Stripped through deep pools, it looks like a juicy sculpin. Skated at night, it's a mouse. The more creative you are, the more you appreciate this classic.

    Photograph by Travis Rathbone [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 5, 2013

    Rethinking Fly Rod Warranties

    By Kirk Deeter

    Every few years the issue of fly rod warranties generates some heated debate among manufacturers, fly shop owners, and consumers, then disappears. This year might be different. David Leinweber, owner of Angler's Covey in Colorado Springs, wrote an open letter to the industry demanding that rod warranties be rethought, and in the last few weeks, I've heard more buzz on the topic from more sources than I can remember. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 4, 2013

    Recipe: Fall Trout with Lemon-Horseradish Cream


    By Jonathan Miles

    This dish—an early-autumn feast for anglers taking advantage of fall trout seasons—is adapted from Cree LeFavour’s "Fish" ($27.50; Chronicle Books), a spectacular new cookbook. “Trout, pork, and greens with the spicy bite of horseradish is a beautiful combination,” says LeFavour, whose trout-love started in childhood, when she’d hook browns from the Roaring Fork River right outside her front door in Woody Creek, Colo. Almost any fish benefits from the sauce and sides, filleted or whole. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 4, 2013

    RIO Perception Fly Line Caption Contest Winner Announced


    By Tim Romano

    Last week's caption contest for the RIO Perception Fly Line started off a bit slow, but really got rolling later in the week with a few absolutely hilarious comments. Some of my favorites are:

    From Juan-Thomas Dibble: "It keeps the aliens from knowing where the fish are biting."

    From Chris Roehrig: "Years later Larry would realize Ron Popeil was not a fly fisherman."

    From Sawblades: "Alright guys, last photo for my zoosk dating profile pic...I promise" [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 29, 2013

    Epic Action in a Flash Flood


    By Tim Romano

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of fishing the Delaware river for the first time in my life. For many reasons, this was a day I will not forget. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 28, 2013

    Orvis and TU Team Up to Improve 1,000 Miles of Trout Habitat in U.S.


    By Tim Romano

    What would you give for 1,000 more miles of improved trout river habitat throughout the country?

    When you think about it, that amounts to more water than some of the most legendary trout rivers, like the Henry's Fork (of the Snake) or Colorado's Roaring Fork, or the West Branch of the Delaware, combined. In an era when we anglers worry about things like pressure on waters, fragile species that need access to spawning water, and so forth, nobody in their right mind (who fishes) can argue against the need for more viable and productive trout habitat. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 21, 2013

    Arm Wrestling Caption Contest: Winner Announced

    By Kirk Deeter

    Now, nobody thought I really lost, did you? I'm not saying either way.  This shot was taken when I was up in Juneau, Alaska, with Hal Herring.

    While that might have been all fun and games for me, Hal has produced some eloquent work on the real issue at hand: protecting the wild fisheries in the Tongass National Forest. If you haven't checked that out, I urge you to do so. 

    My personal favorite caption came from buckhunter, who wrote: "Tired of beating Michigan 10 years in a row, Ohio State sends in the cheerleaders."  [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 19, 2013

    Carp Lure One of World's Best Fly Fishermen to US


    By Kirk Deeter

    To say that Stu Tripney is a world-class angler is an understatement. He is one of best guides when it comes to spotting, stalking, and catching New Zealand's famous large trout. He is also New Zealand's first certified International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor. He blogs, he writes, he teaches.

    Tripney is a world-traveler who has fished in places and caught species I've never even heard of. And of all the places in the world where he could go when he wants a challenge, he comes to the U.S. to fly fish for carp. [ Read Full Post ]