Author Archives: Phil Monahan

Classic Podcast: Fly-Fishing in Colder Conditions with John Herzer


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom shows off a fine Bitterrot brown trout with guide John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters.
Photo courtesy Blackfoot River Outfitters

This week, the main event is a chat with John Herzer, owner of Blackfoot River Outfitters and one of the savviest anglers and guides I know. John talks about late-fall and winter fishing in the. . .

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Fish Facts: Grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Chris Fowler, who works at Orvis Austin, landed this beautiful grassy in Texas last summer.
Photo by Chris Fowler

Imported from eastern Asia, the invasive grass carp has established itself from coast to coast and is recognized as one of the toughest species to catch on a fly. While the last decade has . . .

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Tuesday Tips: The Basics of “Reading the Water”


Written by: Phil Monahan

The author casts to a spot that provides deep water, near cover, on the edge of good current.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Conventional wisdom says that 10 percent of fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish. Most people assume that these elite “10 percenters” enjoy so much success because of their superior . . .

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Photos: Sydney’s Green River Brook Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

You’d have a big smile, too, if you’d landed this beauty.
Photos by Brian Housinger 

Thirteen-year-old Sydney Housinger sent us these great photos via Instagram because she was so excited by her catch. Fishing with her dad last week on the Green River–south of Asheville, . . .

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