JEFF HICKMAN – The FlyFish Journal It is satisfying to please your guide, but I don’t get guided often. I can barely guide myself, and am rarely ever comfortable on large rivers that I’ve never fished. Generally I prefer to fish alone, or with a few buddies. Sometimes it is more fun to fish together, […]
Skagit Spring – The FlyFish Journal If you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself knee deep in a slow push of un-fished water, half meditating and half hunting, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone and you’ll hope in your heart that a bright fish, not long from the Pacific, could have paused there during its upstream journey.
Beyond the Swing ALTHOUGH DAVE HUGHES’S exhaustively titled Wet Flies: Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackles, Winged and Wingless Wets, and Fuzzy Nymphshelped bring on a minor resurgence of the wet fly more than a decade ago, for many fly fishers, these old-school patterns remain something of a mystery.
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Swinging a San Juan worm So, I’m thinking of swinging a San Juan Worm since I’m in the midst of deciding what I’m gonna do with all these nymphs I have in my little fly box since I rarely nymph. Sure, I get all excited about nymphing and pick up a few store-bought offerings here and there, thinking […]
What About Soft-Hackled Flies? A few soft-hackles. The first, in front, is the March Brown Spider. photo by Carol Ann Morris Question: “When fishing rivers, under what conditions do I use a soft-hackle fly? And can you recommend a pattern for an intermediate level tier?”
You Can Be In The 10% Of Steelheaders Who Catch 90% Of The Fish YOU’VE HEARD THE OLD ADAGE; 10% OF THE FISHERMEN CATCH 90% OF THE FISH. I had a client ask me just the other day if I believed in that. “Absolutely” was my response. He then asked how many days would he […]
Trout Tips: Choosing a rod These days, when even a modestly priced rod will set you back $350, it’s more important than ever to choose wisely. Whenever I rod shop, I’m reminded of that scene in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when the traitor arrives in the Grail Room and is handed the false […]
OPINION: Fly Fishing “Brand Ambassadors” + Social Media – What Might They Be Doing to Your Fishery? The December 2017 American Angler cover photo is of Patrick Duke, a fishing guide in Colorado, presenting an impressive male brown trout, a trophy fish anyone would love to claim. The brown also has a noticeable beat up […]