Podcast: David Brooks on Saving Water for Trout

In this week’s podcast, my guest is David Brooks, executive director of Montana Trout Unlimited. With prevailing drought conditions in the western United Sates and increased demand from many users–from agriculture to municipalities to . . .

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5 Tips For Completing The Western Native Trout Challenge

Last summer, my friend Jim Stiglich left me a voicemail that said, simply, “Hope you’re out there fishing hard, because fishing’s fun.” I jotted down his profound, understated quote because somehow I knew that his sentiment would be important to . . .

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Video Pro Tips: A Better Way to Swing Wet Flies and Streamers

A lot of anglers know that swinging wet flies and streamers can be a very effective way to catch trout, but in this video, Joe Rotter from Red’s Fly Shop argues that most fly fishermen are doing it wrong. Sure, covering water is important, but you also want . . .

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Video: Tom’s Top 8 Flies for Fall Trout

Yesterday, Tom Rosenbauer hosted a Facebook Live session on his favorite patterns for catching trout in the fall. Since not everyone has Facebook–and so you don’t have to rewatch that lo-res compressed Facebook video–here’s an . . .

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Video: How to Tie an Isonychia Harrop’s Hairwing Dun

Rene Harrop is one of the West’s iconic fly tiers, starting his small business–along with his wife, Bonnie–in 1968 on the banks of the Henrys Fork. He designed the Hairwing Dun in the 1980s while fishing the Firehole in Yellowstone National Park, and it . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Make a Double Spey Cast


It took me about a week to really get the hang of the double Spey.
Photo by Alessio Falorni

One of the things that I learned in the run-up to my trip to the Norwegian Flyfishers Club last year is that learning to Spey cast from a book is virtually impossible. Because the cast is so . . .

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Video: How and Why to Use Maximum Thread Tension

In this great video, Tim explains why he believes that thread tension is the key to improving the quality, look, and durability of your flies, and then he sets about showing how to achieve this level of tension. From adjusting your bobbin to bracing the . . .

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2 Simple Rules for Building a Perfect Redfish Leader

While it’s often true that “a poor craftsman blames his tools,” even a master fly caster might struggle with the wrong leader when chasing redfish. If it’s too short or too supple, the leader can extend prematurely and then kick downward unpredictably into . . .

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