Tuesday Tips: Don’t Ignore the Front Side of a Midstream Rock

Written by: George Daniel


X marks the spot above each rock where big trout may hold, getting first dibs on whatever food comes from upstream.
Photos by George Daniel

Rocks and boulders create hydraulic cushions within the stream, creating resting/feeding spots for the trout. Think of a rocks or boulder as a trout’s midstream La-Z-Boy recliner. The most obvious location to target fish is immediately below (downstream . . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: Long- vs Short-Line Nymphing


Tom gets it done with a short line and a nymph.
Photo courtesy howtoflyfish.orvis.com

We all wish we could fish dry flies or strip streamers this time of year, but the reality is that, day in and day out, nymph fishing is the most reliable way to catch trout. How you choose to. . .

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Classic Tuesday Tip: Look Before You Fish


Whenever you can gain a high vantage point on water you’re about to fish, you’re ahead of the game.
Photo by Sandy Hays

One of the more common mistakes that guides see is an angler stumbling into a river before taking a few minutes to figure out what’s going on. Observation is an undervalued tool, and too. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Using a Sweep Set for Better Hook-Ups


When you’re fishing downstream, the sweep set will result in many more hook-ups.
Photo via the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

When you’re either fishing downstream or have a lot of slack on the water—for instance when you’re making slack-line casts, such as a pile cast or a curve cast—setting the hook can be difficult. Because there’s a lot of slack on the water, if you simply raise your rod tip, all you’re doing is picking up the slack. Depending on how. . .

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Tuesday Tips: 3 Keys to Catching Bass on Topwater Bugs


This chunky largemouth fell for a deer-hair slider, the Umpqua Swim Frog diver.
Photo by Reid Bryant

Catching largemouth bass on surface flies is a lot of fun, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Bass aren’t like northern pike, almost always willing to chase down a big meal. In fact, bass. . .

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