Sunday Classic / 10 Tips For Targeting Rising Trout With Terrestrials

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One of my favorite times of the year to fly fish for trout is when I’m able to target rising fish with terrestrials. It’s always a breath of fresh air when I’m able to leave the nymph box at the truck in exchange for my terrestrial box, that’s overflowing with stacked foam and rubber legged imitations. I love nothing more than seeing trout come up and devour these patterns on the surface. Terrestrial fishing can be some of the easiest trout fishing of the year, but occasionally it can get technical, especially late season, when the fish have grown accustom to spotting out our terrestrial imitations.

Below are ten tips that should help you bring more fish to the net when targeting rising trout with terrestrials.
Tip 1: Get on the water early. Beetle Patterns work really well at first light, when hoppers can still be inactive, and the low light will help you stay concealed.

Tip 2: Don’t immediately cast to a trout you just saw rise. Waiting 10-15 seconds before presenting your fly will allow the feeding fish to get back into its feeding station, and begin looking for its next meal.

Tip 3: Make sure you present your fly far enough upstream of a rising fish. Trout often drift back with the current to take food on the surface.

Tip 4: Take your time, waiting 45 seconds or longer in-between presentations to a rising fish. Don’t continuously cast over and over to a rising fish. This will often spook or put the fish down.

Tip 5: Don’t stick with the same pattern if you’re getting refusals or the fish are ignoring your fly. Change out the size or type of your terrestrial pattern.

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Saturday Shoutout / Capt Jack’s Guide Cribs Mongolia

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Hysterical Video!


Step into the guide palace with Captain Jack. This video is funny as hell and it does make me want to fish in Mongolia. And drink a little Gingiss Khan.


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See More With Smith Optics

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I don’t care what your fishing for, your odds go way up when you see the fish. To make that happen you need good polarized glasses. I’m a big fan of Smith Optics. Smiths are all I have worn for many years. They are high quality glasses that don’t break the bank and they are always on the leading edge of technology. They have hands down the best prescription program and they are tough as nails. Just a few weeks ago I dropped a pair of Smith Chemists with glass lenses on a gravel road and stood on them with my dirty wading boot while I shucked off my waders. I bent them right back into shape and kept going.

Choosing the right glasses can be a tough choice. There are a lot of options and application. In this video Peter Crow from Smith Optics talks with me about some of their new products and how to choose the right glasses for you.

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How To Get High Line Speed

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3 Great Videos!

Casting in the salt is demanding at times, to say the least.

To help fight those strong winds that affect your distance and accuracy you have to add as much controlled power as you can to the cast. This is absolutely crucial.
Having high line speed helps you to stabilize the line in the air during casting. This helps in your accuracy, distance and gets the fly to the fish quicker. Increasing your sense of urgency and your intensity will help up your line speed big time. Many times in the salt you are battling time as well as wind. You have a limited amount of time before the fish spooks or moves out of casting range.

Your strength is an important factor in high line speed as well. The stronger you are, the more power you can apply to your cast. You will get out of the cast what you put into it. If you push the gas pedal down a little you go 30mph. If you push the gas pedal down a lot you go 90mph.

When the wind is blowing 20 knots or harder you have to push the pedal down hard! Get that fly line moving fast and casting in those tough salt water winds will be much easier. But remember we are talking about controlled power and the only way to apply control and power is to practice. Just like the cast, you get out what you put in.

Let’s cover some other tips that will help increase line speed.


Bending your knees and lowering your center of gravity helps in a couple of ways. It gives you balance on the boat and allows you to apply power from your legs into your core. The power from your core will then be transferred into the cast.

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Flood Tide Reds Part 2, Flies and Leaders

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By Owen Plair

“What kind of flies and leaders do you use for these flood tide redfish?”

“Doesn’t the grass foul your fly constantly?” “Don’t the oyster shells cut your leader?” “How do you even fish a fly in that thick grass?” I get questions like these all the time. Let me put your minds at ease. None of these things are a problem as long as you’re using the right stuff.

Fly selection on the flood tide is surprisingly unimportant. When these fish are tailing on the short spartina grass flats, they constantly have their heads down in the mud looking for fiddler crabs. When redfish get into this feeding zone it seems that almost any pattern you slide in front of their nose will do the trick, as long at it’s moving in the right way.

Of course crab patterns are key during the flood tides but other baitfish patterns, gurglers, or even shrimp patterns will work just fine. Some popular commercial patterns that work really well on the flood tides are the Kung Fu Crab, Fools Gold, Scotty D’s Drum Beater, Craft Shrimp, Redfish Toad, Dupre Spoons, EP Crab, Merkin, Electric Chicken, and pretty much any other baitfish/crab pattern with a GOOD weed guard!

Its all about the presentation and finding a fish that is in feeding mode, sucking crabs off the bottom like a vacuum cleaner. During these flood tides you are presenting the fly in 5-8 inches of water and short spartina grass. You’re bumping the fly slowly along the bottom to make it look like a fiddler crab, using short strips on the retrieve. Usually leading the fish by 2-3ft depending on how the fish is acting at the moment.

For example if he’s tailing really hard and focused on feeding, constantly changing directions, then you want to put it right on his nose. But if the fish is

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A Powerful Fly Cast Is All In The Thumb

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I get the opportunity to work with a lot of anglers who are making the transition from freshwater fly fishing to saltwater. Not surprisingly, most of them struggle with generating the casting power needed to deliver a good presentation in the kind of wind often experienced in flats fishing. Almost everyone has the same pesky problem. They try to generate a more powerful cast and everything breaks down. The problem is not in their arm or elbow or wrist, but in their head.

It’s a problem of understanding the mechanics of the cast. It seems logical to think that more power in means more power out and I guess that’s true but there is a common misconception about where that power is coming from. Most anglers, when trying to add power to a cast, focus on the fly or the line. They visualize throwing that line to the target. The result is a casting stroke that resembles a pitcher throwing a baseball. Including the wind up in the worst cases.

This imagined model of throwing a static object puts all the wrong physics in play for a good fly cast. The resulting casting stroke relies too heavily on the arm and takes the rod out of play. Our instinct tells us to throw harder but the arm is a poor tool for throwing a fly line and our cast fails. The answer to a powerful fly cast is timing and technique, not power.

I’m going to give you a simple tool to help generate a powerful cast but first let’s look at the mechanics.
The fly cast is all about the transfer of energy

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Tom Rosenbauer’s 8 Tips to Becoming a Better Fly Fisher

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Tom is the author of nearly two dozen books on fly fishing and too many articles to count. Add to that his podcast and posts on Orvis News and it’s fair to call him one of the leading educators in the field. Tom’s been an angler his whole life and was tying flies commercially when he was just fourteen. He has fished all over the world, including the English chalk streams, Christmas Island, and Kamchatka. He invented stuff you use every time you fly fish, like the magnetic net keeper and tungsten beads for fly tying.

Tom is now the Marketing Director for Orvis and a driving force in the rejuvenation of that great brand. A few people know that he also makes his own chocolate from the beans, which is incredibly technical not to mention amazingly delicious. He’s a hell of a nice guy and a good friend.

Tom has a lot to share on the subject of fly fishing so we asked him for some broad strokes. Some basic tips that will help you be a better and more satisfied angler. Here’s what he got back to us with.

Tom Rosenbauer’s 8 Tips To Becoming a Better Fly Fisher:

1. Observe everything. Look around every time you catch a fish and figure out why it was there and why it ate at that particular time. Look at the sun angle, the surrounding terrain, current threads in rivers, or highways on the flats.

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