Top 10 Flies for Fall in Missoula, Montana

Written by: John Herzer,  Blackfoot River Outfitters


John Herzer celebrates a nice fall trout with a client.
Photo courtesy John Herzer

The rivers around Missoula, Montana–Rock Creek, the Big Blackfoot, the Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork–are already showing signs of the changing seasons. Shorter, cooler days are keeping . . .

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Top 10 Dry Flies for June on the Madison River

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Guide Mike Elliott, who works for the author, releases a stunning Madison brown trout.
Photo by Tom Evenson

June in Montana is a special time—not quite summer yet, but not spring. It’s sort of an in-between time, when you can expect snow one day and 70 and sunny the next. An epic battle between. . .

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Top 10 Early-Spring Patterns for Montana Trout

Written by: John Way, The Tackle Shop


Here’s a gorgeous early-spring rainbow from a Southwestern Montana river.
Photo courtesy The Tackle Shop

While we are still a couple months from spring, sometimes those El Nino-fueled winds bring warm days to the river, and the fishermen start to wake up. Good fishing can be found across much of . .

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Pro Tips: Top 10 Flies for Winter in the Driftless Area

Written by: Dave Barron, Jacquish Hollow Angler


Winter is a great time to fish the rivers and spring creeks of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Winter is one of my favorite times of the year in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. You can have the spring creeks all to yourself, the water is clear, and the fish are hungry. There are a few things . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Oregon’s North Coast

Written by: Ethan Barrow, Adventures Across Oregon


There are lots of opportunities within striking distance of Portland.
Photos courtesy Adventures Across Oregon

When the vast majority of fly fishing destinations in the northern hemisphere are dealing with intense cold and/or snow, the watersheds in close proximity to Portland, Oregon are oftentimes. . .

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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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Top 10 Flies for Western Canada and the Rockies

Written by: Dave Brown, Dave Brown Outfitters


The big browns of Alberta love a bushy dry fly drifted along the bank.
Photo by Dave Brown

Once our guide season rolls around, we tend to cover a lot of rivers in both Alberta and British Columbia. The character of these streams varies from fast-moving alpine freestones, such. . .

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Top 10 Midge Patterns for Tailwaters

Written by: Bryen Venema, Bighorn Angler


Orvis Charlotte Store Manager Mary Griffin caught this 22-inch South Holsten brown on a tiny midge imitation.
Photo by Trey Oliver

Whether you are fishing the Bighorn, the Missouri, or a tailwater elsewhere in the country, midges are among the most important hatches. These tiny patterns have proven themselves as. . .

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