Author Archives: Aaron Blank

Photos: Business-Trip Bones in The Bahamas

Written by: Dan Davala, Orvis Travel

Conditions on South Andros look pretty perfect for Dan’s pre-conference check-in.
Photos courtesy Dan Davala

I had to be in Nassau, The Bahamas, for a conference today, so I flew in a few days early to swing by a couple of our Orvis Endorsed Lodges on South Andros Island. I managed a nice DIY . . .


Pro Tips: How to Get Your Family Into Fly Fishing

Written by: Ryan Newman, Rocky Mountain Outfitters

A trout doesn’t have to be this big to put a smile on a kid’s face.
Photo courtesy Ryan Newman

Fly Fishing is becoming more and more of a family adventure. A lot of our guests at Rocky Mountain Outfitters come as families to Park City or Salt Lake City, Utah. Oftentimes, they. . .


9 Patterns for the Tax Day Caddis Hatch

Written by: Doc Thompson

During caddis season, it helps to carry a variety of useful patterns.
Photo courtesy Doc Thompson

The Caddis hatch is happening on the Rio Grande right now, which got me to thinking of some productive caddisfly patterns. The water is a bit high but definitely fishing and seeing some. . .


Photos: Blue-Lining for Blue Ridge Brookies

Written by: Connor Tapscott 

The native brookies of the Blue Ridge Mountains are colorful and feisty.
Photos by Connor Tapscott

We strapped our gear to our packs, in preparation for the lengthy descent down an unmarked mountainside in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Sliding and stumbling down the . . .


Top 5 Patterns for the Early-Season Skwala Hatch

Written by: Mike Canady of Ellensburg Angler

This gorgeous Deschutes rainbow fell for a Chubby Chernobyl.
Photo by Damien Nurre

Skwalas are a smallish (sizes 8-10) olive-bodied stonefly, which become active in late winter or early spring, as the water temperatures begin to push into the 40-degree range. These bugs . . .


Tightline-Nymphing Tips: When in Doubt, Drag ‘Em

Written by: George Daniel, Livin On The Fly

In fast-water stretches, it pays to err on the side of too much tension on your nymphs.
Photos by George Daniel

Nymphing without an indicator can be a challenge, especially when you’re fishing turbulent water where micro currents are moving in different directions. Some currents may be moving . . .


“Mad Naked Summer Night” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply

When the sun goes down on a trout stream, magical things can happen.
Photo by Phoebe Bean

It’s a little-known fact, and I hesitate to reveal it, but here goes: on the otherwise undistinguished little trout stream that passes under the bridge just a three-minute drive from my front door here. . .


5 Tips for Preparing Your Lines and Reels for a New Season

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.

Spend a few minutes giving your reel and line a tune-up. . .or you might live to regret it.
Photo by Tim Linehan

Recently, I was going through gear in preparation for my first guide trip of the season. As I started pulling line off a reel, I immediately noticed two things. First, the line was filthy and instead of. . .