Fly Choice Vs. Presentation

 Here’s a quick tip—from The New Fly Fisher host Bill Spicer and Falcon’s Ledge guide (and former Trout Bum of the Week) Bryan Eldredge—about the relationship between presentation and fly choice. Bryan makes the argument that, even if you have the perfect hatch-matching pattern, it won’t matter if the fly is dragging through the water.https://youtu.be/nbd3lNCQmVk...

Winter on the Provo River

I woke up and the temperature read 23 degrees Fahrenheit on my weather app. I wanted to fish but it didn't seem too tempting. All I could think about was how my guides were going to ice up and I would spend every 3-4 casts cleaning them out. I finally decided to wader up at home and get warm before I headed out.I made it to the river and it was a little windy which didn't help the fact it was still in the upper 20's. As I got to the river I noticed a few fish rising. I got excited and put a size 20 midge on to see if I could take one on a dry. It took a few casts but I fooled one on the midge. After three fish to the net on dries I didn't see another fish rise. I put the sow bug back...

How to Fish Caddis-Pupa Flies

The article on how to fish Caddis-pupa was written by Bill Edrington and shared on Orvisnews.com.  We wanted to share it here for the benefit of our readers. Enjoy!  There are lots of patterns to imitate caddisfly pupae, created for different presentations. Photos via orvis.com For many anglers, the words caddisfly hatch conjure up visions of epic days, when all you need to carry is a few Elk-Hair Caddis dry flies. Those who anticipate these hatches all winter long spend an inordinate amount of time designing and tying adult caddisfly imitations that will fool trout even in blanket hatches. But, while my experience with spring hatches, particularly the Mother’s Day caddis (Brachycentrus), has taught me that casting adult caddis fly imitations can certainly be a lot of fun, trout are often gorged on pupae long before the hatch actually occurs. The reason is simple. Caddisfly pupae can drift in the water column–from the streambed...

Bombshell Article Reveals Fly-Fishing Text Older than the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle

The Haslinger Breviary codex Photo courtesy of Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, via amff.org One of the few things that almost every fly-fishing  knows is that the sport’s first appearance in print was the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle, which may have been (but probably wasn’t) written by a woman named Dame Juliana Berners in 1496. But a new article in the latest edition of The American Fly Fisher, the journal of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, calls this sacred “fact” into question. Authors Richard C. Hoffmann and Peter Kidd identify an Austrian devotional book, which they call The Haslinger Breviary, that includes “no less than twenty hitherto unknown instructions as to “how one should bind hooks” using combinations of specific feathers and silks.” The blockbuster fact is that this book was published in 1460!The American Museum of Fly Fishing has made Hoffmann and Kidd’s entire article available online, so you...

Urban Fishing

We try to get out and fish anytime we can. Sometimes we take long road trips to that certain river or lake. Other times we have to choose a place depending on how much time we have.Bryan Eldredge called me and said he was finishing up lunch and had a few hours to fish. We decided to hit the river that runs through town. It literally runs through town. We got there and started at the bridge by one of our favorite restaurants. The fishing can be good but the smell of tacos makes you take that one last cast before moving upstream.We tied on some of our favorite patterns. Higa's sos, Princess nymph,midge larvae and eggs. Those bugs are a staple on this stretch of river.With only a couple of hours to spare we fished upstream as far as we could with only a few fish. It was just...

Video: How to Clean Your Fly Rod

During the winter months most of us don't fish as much as we do other times of the year. We spend much of the winter inside tying flies, organizing our fishing gear, cleaning our fly rod, and getting caught up on other projects. Cleaning your gear is one project that is great to do while it is cold outside and many lakes and rivers are frozen over.Here is a great short video on how to clean your fly rod....

High Mountain Streams

The Uintah River is a wonderful mountain stream flowing from the South Slope of the Uinta Mountain range and is home to native cutthroats, vividly colored brookies, hefty browns, and healthy rainbows. The river fishes best in mid to late summer and in the fall months. Trout will aggressively take dry flies throughout the season. The Uintah sees wonderful caddis and drake hatches, and a good terrestrial pattern always seems to do the trick. Some trout in the 20” range have been taken by clients and guides in this wonderful river.The Uintah River also gives the rare opportunity to complete a four species grand slam right on one river. With many braids and diversity of terrain, the river provides great fishing for all skills levels. The Uintah River also provides plenty of fly-fishing solitude as Falcons Ledge is the only permitted guiding outfit on the river. This is one river you...

Quick Tip: Spawning Beds

Recently while out on the water I witnessed two anglers wading upstream while fishing. Any other time of year this would be fun but I noticed something that they didn't. They were walking right through some spawning beds because they were focused more on fishing. If you're paying attention it's pretty obvious when you come up on a spawning bed.This time of year please be mindful of the spawning fish and avoid wading through their spawning beds. This will increase the survival of the future fish....

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Change Flies?

Sometimes it can be difficult to know when to switch flies and try something different.  You are not sure whether you need to stick with the fly or change it out because the fish are looking for something slightly different. Here is some great expert input from some of our friends and fellow Orvis-endorsed guides around the country.As you’ll see from our experts’ answers below, there are many different ways to look at the question, and opinions vary.Brown Hobson, Brown Trout Fly Fishing (Asheville, North Carolina): If fish density is high, I know fish are actively feeding, they are seeing my fly, and my drift is good, then I will only make three or four casts before changing flies. If the stream doesn’t have many fish, I don’t know where they are sitting, if I suspect they aren’t feeding super hard, or I’m having trouble getting a good drift, then I may leave it...