Video Pro Tips: How to Detect Strikes When Nymph Fishing


As a general rule, the distance between indicator and fly should be 1.5 times the water depth.
Photo courtesy Tom Rosenbauer

As hatches become fewer and farther between in the fall, most anglers will be fishing with subsurface nymphs or streamers. When you can’t see your fly, detecting strikes can be the difference between. . .

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Tuesday Tips: The Basics of “Reading the Water”


The author casts to a spot that provides deep water, near cover, on the edge of good current.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Conventional wisdom says that 10 percent of fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish. Most people assume that these elite “10 percenters” enjoy so much success because of their superior . . .

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Photos and Video: Into the Backcountry for Life Lessons

Written by: Will Lillard, Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions


Big Yellowstone cutthroat trout were the main targets for these high-school students.
Photos courtesy Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions

Teenagers these days, like many of us, are attached to their cell phones. But for 19 days this group of 12 high-school students traded in their electronics for fly rods and a trip through the Greater . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: Keep Your Fly In the Water


Your chances of catching a gorgeous trout like this increase the longer your fly is in the strike zone.
Photo by Shawn Combs

There’s an old saying among fishermen: You can’t catch fish if your line isn’t in the water. I believe that this is one of the reasons that wives often outfished their more-experienced husbands on float trips when I guided on the Yellowstone and in Alaska. Whereas the husband recognized every great trout lie the boat floated past and. . .

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