Tom Rosenbauer on How to Fish Streamers for Trout


This fat rainbow fell for a Bunny Streamer fished with a fast retrieve on Colorado’s Yampa River.
Photo by Jay Nichols

Streamers can be fished just like nymphs and wet flies—across-stream, upstream, and downstream. Streamers will take fish all of these ways, even dead-drifted directly . . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s 11 Tips for Hot Feeder-Stream Fishing


Don’t ignore the small feeder streams that empty into better-known waters.
Photo by Buzz Cox

A few summers ago, I spent two days at Orvis-endorsed Madison Valley Ranch in Ennis, Montana. Manager Chris Eaton took me on a great short float through the Channels section of the lower Madison and showed me just how much I have to learn about fly fishing this river, even after fishing it for 25 years. I think I caught one fish for every ten he. . .

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Tom’s Top 7 Early-Season Streamers


This springtime rainbow was holding in deep water below a highway bridge in western Massachusetts.
Photo by Joe Phillips

In Tuesday’s post, “How to Fish Streamers in the Early Season,” I explained that I prefer flies that have some movement of their own, like ones with marabou and rabbit fur, because they work . . .

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Classic Podcast: Becoming a Fishing Guide, with Mike Dawkins


Mike Dawkins is all smiles as he cradles a fish of a lifetime on Patagonia’s Rividavia.
Photo courtesy Mike Dawkins

“How do I become a guide?” “Should I get a job as a guide?” “How do I train to be a fishing guide?” “What skills do I need?” I get these questions all the time on podcast requests, and because . . .

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