Author Archives: Tom Rosenbauer

Podcast: How to Fight Big Fish, with Conway Bowman


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

Conway Bowman with a gorgeous Bulkley River steelhead.
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After a long Christmas break, we’ve finally gotten back into a regular podcast schedule. This week, our guest is Conway Bowman, known for his targeting of large mako sharks on a fly rod in the . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Set the Hook


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

The classic “trout set” involves simpy raising your rod tip to the sky to come tight to the fish.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Most fish lost in fly-fishing are lost either at the moment you strike or when you attempt to land them. Playing a fish on a fly rod is a relatively simple matter of making the fish work against. . .

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Tom Rosenbauer on Where to Find Trout in a River


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

Here is a stretch of fast water, and the places you might expect to find trout during a hatch. Trout 1 and 5 have moved into slower, shallower water and will probably rest and hide in deeper water when not actively feeding. Trout 2 and 4 are in small, bowl-like depressions of slightly slower water. Trout 3 is in a cushion in front of the large rock, and trout 6 is in a cushion between two submerged rocks.
Photos by Tom Rosenbauer

I would predict that less than half of any river holds trout that are more than six inches long. Water in which trout will respond to insect hatches comprises perhaps a quarter of all fish-holding water . . .

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Pro Tips: How To Choose the Right Fly Rod Size


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

With the holidays approaching, many of you might be putting “New Fly Rod!” on your lists of potential gifts. But this raises the question: What size fly rod do you want/need? As I explain in the above video, this question is really. . .

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