Podcast: 15+ Tips for Fishing Emergers, with Pat Dorsey


[Interview starts at 36:00]

OK, I lied. There aren’t 15 tips. There are probably more, and if you want to count them up you can e-mail me and correct my mistake. But I get a lot of questions about emergers, and I thought a podcast on how to identify when fish are taking emergers and how to fish them would be welcome. Not only that, but world-famous and beloved fishing guide and author Pat Dorsey gives us his favorite emerger patterns, including a couple secret ones.

In the Fly Box, we have some thoughtful questions and a few tips from listeners, including:

  • A great tip on casting with your non-dominant hand.
  • Wild wildfire smoke affect trout populations?
  • If I hear there are native brook trout in a stream, how do I find out where they are?
  • A nice tip on untangling snarls of fly line.
  • Bigger brook trout started taking my nymphs on the swing instead of dead-drifted. How should I take advantage of this next time?
  • How much of an incline in a small mountain stream can trout survive?
  • A listener was disappointed in my podcast with John Gierach because we did not discuss how anglers can have a positive impact on climate change.
  • Two listeners want to know what type of floating line to put on their Euro rods when they switch to dry flies.
  • Why are some articulated streamers tied with the hook down and why are some tied with the hook up?
  • I have a busy life. Am I missing opportunities by not tying my own flies?
  • Brown trout are invasive in my cutthroat stream. Should I take them home to eat them, or just kill them and throw them up on the bank?
  • Is it ethical to go back and fish a place on my own if a guide showed me the spot?
  • I have heard if you cut the welded loop off a fly line you can’t use it any more because it will absorb water. Is this true?

2 thoughts on “Podcast: 15+ Tips for Fishing Emergers, with Pat Dorsey”

  1. Nice discussion on emergers. Thanks, Pat and Tom.
    Some questions on the foam wing on the midge emergers:
    Is it tied upright like mayfly, down like caddis, or 45 degrees in between?
    I assume that it is 1 mm or 0.5 mm razor foam, or cut down from a standard 2 mm foam sheet.
    Color? Brown, white, tan?
    Thanks again,

    Peter G, Batavia, Illinois

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