Welcome to another edition of our trivia challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. The scores on last week’s quiz were pretty outstanding, with eight 100%s, which might be the most ever (well done, 2manydogs, Jason, Adam, Lee, johnnydajeweler, pdfish, Justin, and doug!). I must be getting soft. This one has a couple of easy ones and a couple of doozies, so we’ll see if. . .
[Editor’s Note: Anglers aren’t much known for civil disobedience, but April 6th will be a day of protest on Washington’s Skagit River. I asked Leland Miyawaki, former fishing manager of Orvis Bellevue, to explain what’s behind the movement.]
Civil Disobedience? A protest wade-in? Yes, we will step into the river to cast our yarn on Saturday, April 6, despite the fact that the river is closed to all fishing, and then proceed to Department hearings.
Why? It is not an easy answer. As some of you may know, the fishing regulations in Washington are not easy to understand. To most of us, they are a quagmire at best.
The Skagit River and her famous tributary, the Sauk, hold a dear spot in every steelheader’s heart because they are home to one of the greatest races of spring-returning, wild winter steelhead. History, tradition, and stories abound, as do all our. . .
June 1980 marked my third year fishing the Battenkill and also the third year of my fledgling fly-fishing career. The previous fall, I had acquired my first bamboo rod after having spent the summer cutting lawns and saving up to earn the asking price for the rod, $175. It was a 7½ foot 5-weight Orvis Midge characterized by a rich brown coloring brought out by the hand flaming process. . .
DJ Dan Decibel of Skinny Water Culture serves up some killer saltwater action in this fast-paced video. In fact, “killer” is an extremely accurate description of the first sequence, and then things get a little more celebratory. Great cutting to the music gives this video an amazing energy, and I felt my pulse racing by the end. Bravo.
Some folks think night fishing is a bit nutty, and many anglers put away the fly rods for the winter. So you can imagine how these people would feel about winter night fishing. But Colorado guide Ryan Henderson has discovered that he can find solitude and great nymphing on a normally crowded section of the Blue River by waiting until after dark.
brown trout smacked a White Belly Mouse on the surface.
[Editor’s Note: Tommy Lynch, owner of The Fish Whisperer Guide Service hosts a trip to Arkansas’ White River once a year, and he recently sent us these photos and report.]
We head south from Michigan in search of trout that are of a different age and size true “super donkeys”! But after the worst drought in three decades, the streamer game on the White wasn’t producing the way we are accustomed to, and we were forced to adapt. So we went to “The Dark Side” with some trusty Michigan patterns, including. . .
[Editor’s Note: After watching Hank Patterson work the vise, it seemed appropriate to repost this excellent video on tying The Knucklehead.]
The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.
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You know, I sit just a few yards from Tom Rosenbauer, author of several books on fly tying, so I know what a real master at the vise looks like. And Hank Patterson is clearly right near the top of the fly-tying pantheon, as evidenced by his latest video. As Hank says, “Prepare to unlearn everything you know about the art of tying flies.” As an added bonus, . . .