Stocked Brook Trout – Strip it, Skate it, Swing it

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I'M VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE A GREAT TROUT STREAM NEAR BY THAT OPERATES A DELAYED HARVEST PROGRAM (CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING BY ARTIFICIAL FLIES ONLY) THAT STARTS IN THE FALL EVERY YEAR, AND RUNS INTO THE EARLY SUMMER. I love visiting this trout stream because the DNR stocks...



The Best Way to Improve Your Trout Game

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The single best way to improve your trout game is to fly fish on trout water that challenges you. I'm talking about super technical water where trout are wary and extremely educated.  The places where the smartest of trout live, where all you get is one...



Catching Big Trout Sometimes Takes Multiple Attempts

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Several times this past year guiding, my clients would miss a big fish opportunity during our fishing trip. Sometimes it would be because of a poor hook set, other times, it was completely out of their control by last second refusals or turn offs from the...



Fly Fishing: Don’t Turn Your Cheek, Pay it Forward

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The other day I had the opportunity to guide a client who previously had put down his fly rod for many years. As he put on his waders and boots, and I began rigging the rods, he told me that many of his good friends...



Look More and Fish Less on Small Streams

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When I'm not in my drift boat on the river I'm wading fishing on small streams. Most large rivers don't provide much sight-fishing opportunities for the fly angler unless they have low enough flows, clear enough water or plenty of rising fish. On the contrary, almost...