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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Pro Tips: How to Set the Hook

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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Master Class Monday: Tight-Line Nymphing for Beginners

Tight-line or “Euro” nymphing is a very effective way to catch trout when fly fishing, and it works when other methods are not effective, like when trout are in deep water and not feeding aggressively. Dave Jensen shows how he utilizes this nymphing . . .

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Tom’s Top 10 Flies for Fall Trout Fishing

Fall is a great time to catch big browns on the Battenkill.
Photo by Mike Steiner, head guide at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

There is a period of dry-fly activity on most trout streams every fall that rivals the best hatches of spring. It’s a “fall” (as opposed to a hatch) of migrating winged ants, and when these insects . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Find Trout in Lakes

Bill Spicer, host of “The New Fly Fisher,” with a nice lake-caught brown trout.
Photo courtesy Falcon’s Ledge

This week, we offer some tips on trout fishing in lakes from Phil Rowley, one of the top stillwater experts in North America. I asked Phil to host the stillwater chapter on from the Orvis Fly . . .

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