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This week I give a brief and sorta rambling overview of fly-fishing history, which is difficult to do in a short podcast so I’ve included the names of a couple good books on the subject.
In this week’s fly box, we have two casting tips, a word about “lining” fish, a short discussion of what to do when faced with crowded trout streams, and help when trying to detect a strike when nymph fishing.
Capt. Taylor Edrington has a pretty enviable resume, which just screams “Trout Bum.” He has lived on the Arkansas River in Canon City, Colorado pretty much his whole life, and has fished and guided all over the Rocky Mountain region, as well as in Alaska. Taylor spent eight seasons as a full-time guide, and three years as a lodge manager in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. He is now co-owner of Royal Gorge Anglers fly shop and SoCo Anglers outfitters in Cañon City, Colorado. Check out his video (above) about a day on the “Dream Stream” section of the South Platte.
“Big fly, big fish” may be an old adage, but it’s as true now as ever. The bigger the protein source, the farther a big fish will move for it to get a protein fix. I’ve caught plenty of good fish on RS2s and other size 20 flies, but mostly on spring creeks and tailwaters, where you sight-fish and have to all but hit the trout on the nose. In faster, heavier, deeper, or cloudy water, a big trout isn’t. . .
The author with a spring hog from the Pere Marquette.
photo courtesy Chris Raines
As a full-time fly-fishing guide on the Pere Marquette River in northern Michigan, I enjoy year-round fishing to a variety of species of trout, salmon, and steelhead. As the spring steelhead guiding season winds down in late April/early May, the fishing pressure drops and some of the best trout fishing of the year is at hand.
June 1980 marked my third year fishing the Battenkill and also the third year of my fledgling fly-fishing career. The previous fall, I had acquired my first bamboo rod after having spent the summer cutting lawns and saving up to earn the asking price for the rod, $175. It was a 7 ½ foot 5-weight Orvis Midge characterized by a rich brown coloring brought out by the hand flaming process. . .
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we offer some fine videos from destinations as diverse as Sweden, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Yellowstone National Park. You may also see an angler casting to a species you never thought of as fly-rod quarry. Enjoy!
In this week’s podcast, the main event is The Dawn Patrol, on the pleasures, perils, and advantages of getting up as early as a turkey hunter to get some of the best fly fishing of the season. We’ll discuss dawn fishing for trout, tarpon, stripers, bonefish, permit, and steelhead. In this weeks’ fly box we’ll explore small stream trout rods, a couple tips for fighting fish, and how to fish alongside your buddies.
If you are within driving distance of Manchester, Vermont on Saturday, May 7, I will be speaking at the Northshire Bookstore with Orvis Fly Fishing Guide producer, James Hathaway, to read from my new book “The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing”. It all starts at 7pm. Would love to see you there!
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Casting for Recovery is hosting its Spring Online Auction to raise money to fund their programs for women who have or have had breast cancer. This year, the organization will run 46 retreats in 33 states, incorporating counseling and educational services. These events are staffed by trained facilitators, including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional (e.g. physical therapist, nurse), as well as fly-fishing instructors and river helpers. The attendees pay nothing because CFR believes there should be no barriers to participation.
I’m excited to be heading down to Townsend, Tennessee, next weekend for Troutfest Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Exposition, which will be held May 13-15. A bunch of my heroes will be there–Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, and Joe Humphreys in particular–and I love small-stream fishing for wild trout and have never sampled the Tennessee version, which I hear is some of the best. . .