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Month: January 2017

January Fishing

January Fishing

On my first fishing trip of 2017, the fishing was tough. Considering the temperatures, I decided to go to the swift for its tailwater temps. I spent most of my time nymphing various flies, and only had a few subtle takes. I fished a lot of midges, scuds, and even tried an egg pattern. There were a ton of people on the river, which I found odd for a Wednesday. I didn’t see another person catch anything for the first…

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Tying Small for Winter

Tying Small for Winter

During the winter months, I typically fish tiny flies.  The trout seem to be pickier than ever, and I tied up some tiny zebra midges for my next outing.  Very quick to tie, and work well.  Here’s the recipe. Hook: size 24 or smallerBody: Thread – Black, Red, or Green with copper/gold wireCollar: Peacock In tough times, consider tying microscopic. 😁 . . . . . #zebramidge #flytying #flyfishing #catchandrelease #trout #troutfishing #troutbum #photography A photo posted by TROUT AND…

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Fly Fishing Book Recommendations

Fly Fishing Book Recommendations

One of the ways I starting accelerating my skills as an angler was to read a lot.  You can’t always run into one of the world’s best fishermen on a local stream, but you can read and learn from books and articles.  In the years since I started fly fishing, there have been times when I thought I had everything figured out; only to get to the stream the next day and be skunked on my newly developed technique.  This…

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Ugly Flies Catch Trout

Ugly Flies Catch Trout

I’ve been battling a cold and focusing on tying flies for winter and spring. As soon as I recover, I plan to be on the river. Winter fly fishing isn’t easy, and the fish are often glued to holding spots waiting for food to drift into their path. This time of year, I am usually nymphing small flies in sizes 18-24. Midges and scuds are common. I tie a particularly ugly scud fly that works wonders in the cooler weather….

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