Episode 271: Fly Fishing High Mountain Lakes

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Fly fishing high mountain lakes requires a modicum of thought and preparation. In some ways, a “hike and fish” means packing lots of water, the right rod and flies, a rain jacket, and the right mindset. We don’t fish a lot of high mountain lakes … but when we do, we try to keep a few basics in mind.

“FLY FISHING HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES”

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Episode 270: Summer Dry Fly Fishing Patterns

Summer dry fly fishing patterns can be confusing. At least the names can be confusing.

It’s the dog days of summer, and hopefully you are slinging some grasshopper patterns or other terrestrials to catch fish on the surface. In this episode, we’ve identified four buckets of dry fly patterns for summer fly fishing. We also offer up our three must-have dry fly patterns for this wonderful season.

When it comes down do it, fly selection in the summer can be pretty simple.

“SUMMER DRY FLY FISHING PATTERNS”

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Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 269: Fly Fishing with the Summer Crowds

Fly fishing with the summer crowds likely means catching less fish and feeling less satisfied with your day. Crowds are inevitable in the summer. With summer vacations and warmer days, more fly fishers head to the river.

In this episode, we offer several strategies to avoid the summer crowds, find a bit of solitude, and, hopefully, catch a few fish. It may be easier than you think.

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Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 268: When It’s Time to Quit Your Favorite Stream

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“Quit your favorite stream” doesn’t sound like sage fly fishing advice. Quitters never win. And winners never quit.

That’s fully true. And it’s also fully not true.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to quit your favorite stream, creek, or stretch of river. In this episode, we wax not so eloquently on when it’s time to walk away from what has been your favorite fishing spot. It may not be forever. But doing so may push you to find new water to fish.

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There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 267: The Basics of Fly Fishing with Streamers

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Fishing with streamers tends to result in catching bigger fish.

There’s no scientific evidence to support this, of course, other than our anecdotal evidence. But we’ve had some terrific days on the river casting bigger flies that we fish on an active retrieve. In this episode, we provide an overview of our streamer fishing experience and provide some basic tips to getting started.

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Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 266: Fly Fishing the Edges of the Seasons

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Fly Fishing the edges of the seasons begins with frustration. Most fly fishers despise driving up to where they expect to fish for the day and see three trucks alongside the creek. In this episode, we discuss our basic approach to fishing the four seasons. We try as much as possible to fish the edges of winter, spring, summer, and fall.

There are fewer fly fishers, the hotel rates are cheaper, and the fishing can be spectacular. The downside to fly fishing the edges of the season is the weather, of course. Most likely you’ll feel colder. And you’ll need to figure out how to get out during the middle of the week.

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“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 265: Fly Fishing Spring Creeks with More Success

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Fly fishing spring creeks with more success often demands more finesse than fishing freestone rivers. The water temperature is more consistent in spring creeks, and the food more ubiquitous. If you want to catch fish in a spring creek, your tackle must be lighter, and you need to be more stealthy.

But there are some other keys when fly fishing spring creeks with more success: They include moving from run to run more quickly and switching up your rig when you’re not catching fish. There’s no honor in staying with the same rig all day and never netting a fish. And then, ultimately, when fly fishing springs creeks ends up a bust, there’s always dinner at your local supper club or pub.

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Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 264: The Other Perks of Fly Fishing

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The other perks of fly fishing may seem a distant second to catching fish, but they make up a significant part of why we enjoy fly fishing so much.

Catching fish is the reward of fly fishing. And we both love and expect to catch fish every time we head out to the river. But there are some other perks of fly fishing. And in this episode, we list several, including the chance to experience the “nonsecular” parts of life, eating at small-town cafes, and the conversations about the great themes of life.

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Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 263: Fly Fishing Tips We’ve Learned from Other Fishers

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Fly fishing tips are everywhere, but there are some that stick. And make a real difference in the number of fish that you catch. It takes a village to raise a fly fisher. In this episode, we admit once again to our persistent mediocrity as fly fishers.

We give credit, however, to whatever skills we have to friends, guides, and others we’ve observed through the years. They have provided us with fly fishing tips that have improved our chops and allowed us to catch more fish.

This episode offers up a handful of these fly fishing tips, including how to use the tip of your rod while streamer fishing and monitoring how deep your nymph is by observing the speed of your strike indicator. Other tips include lifting your line off the water and how to cast (or not cast) against the wind.

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Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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Episode 262: Three Magical Days Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River

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Fly fishing the Yellowstone River late in the fall is a risk. If the weather suddenly turns right before your fly fishing trip, the roads in the Park may close. Or perhaps if the weather has been too balmy, the trout may not be rising. And since the main hatches and the hoppers have been gone for over a month, you’re resigned to streamers and nymphs.

But last fall, we timed the trip perfectly, no thanks to our planning. And even though the weather was bright and sunny, fly fishing the Yellowstone River inside the Park gave us three magical days of fishing. It was three days of 15- to 19-inch cutthroat trout, fat like middle-aged men.

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“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” gives you hundreds of tips

Fly fishing is a lot more than simply learning how to cast.

There are thousands of techniques and hacks that can help you catch more fish.

Often, it’s the little things that make a big difference, increasing your enjoyment of the sport.

“The Fly Fisher’s Book of Lists” is a must-read for folks who prefer to scan lists and find new ways to catch more fish. Read one list, and, like a handful of peanuts, you won’t be able to stop at one.

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