Pro Tips: How to Fish the High Water of Spring

Written by: Spencer Durrant


High water presents anglers with plenty of challenges, whether you’re fishing from a boat or wading.
Photo by Spencer Durrant

From the Colorado River drainage to the Snake, western rivers are high, muddy, and a pain to fish. If you know where clean water is, you keep it close to your vest because this spring is so . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 10 Flies for Stillwater Trout

Written by: Drew Rodden, North Park Anglers


Drew Rodden shows off a gorgeous stillwater rainbow from Colorado.
Photo courtesy Drew Rodden

I grew up fishing with conventional tackle for warmwater species around Missouri. But spending my Saturday mornings watching fishing shows on TV, I began to take an interest in fly. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Tie and Fish the Versatile DDH Leech

Written by: Stu Thompson


Stu Thompson with one of the many species caught on his DDH Leech.
Photo courtesy Stu Thompson

Fly tiers have come already come up with some truly amazing patterns that catch fish Consistently, such as the Mickey Finn, Muddler Minnow, Humpy, Adams, Dahlberg’s Diver, Lefty’s Deceiver, . . .

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Pro Tips: Use Brightly Colored Nymphs in High Water

Written by: George Daniel, Livin On The Fly


George Daniel’s kids solved their strike-detection problems by switching to brightly colored flies.
Photo by George Daniel

The heavy rainfall on my home waters last summer left me two options: head north to fish the mountain streams, or deal with the high water. I’m happy to do either one. Normally, I would have been fishing for smallmouths at that time of year, but the . . .

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Pro Tips: Mother’s Day Caddis on the Yellowstone

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


A caddisfly blizzard on the Yellowstone is something to behold.
Photo courtesy Montana Angler

The Mother’s Day caddis is a legendary hatch, and one of my personal favorites of the entire year on the Yellowstone in southwestern Montana. There can be a literal blizzard of caddisflies in. . .

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How to Fish During Runoff in the Rockies

Written by: Dave Brown, Dave Brown Outfitters


When the river is raging, look for fish in the soft water against the banks.
Photos by Dave Brown

Snowpack in the Northern Rockies is looking good for 2021. In some areas, it’s surpassing 100%. When runoff hits, some rivers are going to be blown out for a while, but once they go from brown to “streamer green,” it . . .

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Guys and Dolls: How to Match the Hendrickson Hatch(es)

Written by: Ted Fauceglia


The female dun is lighter and larger than the male, and the trout will often key on one or the other.
All photos by Ted Fauceglia

For the ardent dry-fly angler, the advent of the spring trout-fishing season stirs feelings of anticipation like nothing else. Sure, dredging weighted stonefly nymphs and Woolly Buggers through winter’s . . .

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Pro Tips: Proper River Etiquette for Spring Run-Off

By Kaitlin Barnhart


When the river gets crowded, proper fishing etiquette becomes even more important
Photo by Steve Hillebrand, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

With blown-out rivers on the horizon for mountain fisheries, many anglers are gearing up for spring tailwater fishing. This time of year can provide some of the best fishing, but it’s often paired with . . .

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The Six Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners


Photo via orvis.com

The best dog breed for first-time dog owners is the Labrador Retriever. Labs are laid-back, joyful companions, and relatively easy to train, making them an ideal breed for beginners. Rounding out the best six breeds for first-timers are Golden Retrievers, Redbone Coonhounds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Collies, and Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers.

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