Spey and Switch for Stillwater Angling – by Matt Koles

Pyramid Lake Spey Casting

Fly fishing with two handed fly rods at Pyramid Lake in Nevada is an advantage to the wade angler and that advantage is measured in increased casting distance. The striper guys on the East Coast have been using them for years, 2 handed casting, fly fishing in the surf, and slowly they are becoming more popular here in the high desert of Nevada. Switch and spey rods are great tools for the lake. Continue reading

Addiction Management on the Restigouche – by Topher Browne

Restigouche River Atlantic Salmon Story

I once asked a man wiser than I am if I should consider a career in fly fishing. He strongly advised against it, advocating a more standard course of advancement. “It’s all I think about,” I said. To which he replied, “Do it only if you can’t help yourself, but remember the opportunity cost.” I thought he meant that I would be getting a really good deal on graphite rods for a very long time, so I accepted a job working in a fly shop in Montana the next day. Continue reading

How to Fight and Land Big Fish – by Josh Hayes

Rainbow Trout Alley Alaska

You’ve paid your dues. Fished and mastered your home water and you’ve had great successes that now far out weigh your fly fishing disappointments. So you scratch together a 50% deposit, push “All In”, and book the trip. The one where 30 plus inch Trout, Twenty Pound Steelhead, or Thirty Pound Atlantic Salmon knowingly ply the boils and riffles of an already infamous drainage. Continue reading

Sipping Smallies – by Mike Exl

Smallmouth Bass Terristral
Everyone loves fishing a fly on the surface of the water. There is just something about a nice Rainbow coming up and slowly grabbing a fly or a bass coming up to smash a popper. That visual experience strikes deep in every fly angler. There is a great blending of these experiences with Smallmouth and fishing terrestrials. That’s right terrestrials are not just for trout. Continue reading

Destination Spain – On the Water with Barry and Cathy Beck

Fly Fishing Spain

Day One

Ramon, our Salvelinus fishing guide, quietly slips into the water. He watches as numerous rise forms start to appear upstream of our position and motions for us to join him. Like Ramon we move slowly in our approach until he signals us to stop. “Ants”, he says and then he excitedly goes off about how big they are in his broken English. One quick look and we see what he sees, large black winged ants are covering the water and us. If these things could sting we would be in deep trouble. Continue reading

Love Them or Hate Them, Indicators Work – by Matt McCannel

On a drift
Love them or hate them indicators will improve your success when you need to control an exact depth when nymphing.  There has been an explosion of new styles and an amazing new array of colors, but which will work the best for you?  Continue reading