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Podcast: Listener Q&A — Mono Rigs, Tough Days, Trout Range and More — S5, Ep9

The Troutbitten crew answers questions from podcast listeners. These questions range from gear talk to ethics, from fly selection to reading a trout river. This is an entertaining conversation, with both stories and tactics.

Podcast: Streamer Presentations — All About the Head of the Fly — S5, Ep8

In this episode, we discuss the head orientation of the streamer in the water — how the streamer moves with the currents or against them, and what looks more natural vs what might look more attractive.

We also dig into what added weight does to the head of a streamer, how that affects the action and how that limits or enhances the presentation styles that we have available . . .

Podcast: Freewheelin’ Two — Stories and Experiences — S5, Ep7

It’s the things that happen while we’re out there that make fly fishing for trout the all-consuming, never ending pursuit that it is for us. And, in truth, all of us need to LET that happen. It’s in the choices that we make regarding where we’ll fish, when we’ll fish and who we’ll fish with. Those elements, the locations, the woods, the water and the friendships make all of this special . . .

Podcast: Strategies for Fishing Low and Clear Water — S5, Ep6

Many anglers shrink from the challenge of low water. They walk away or never string up the fly rod, using the excuse that trout are simply too spooky or they just aren’t eating. But I promise you, that is not true. Trout are eating in these conditions. It just takes a calculated approach to bring them to hand.

Don’t spook the fish. Achieving that is different from season to season. It’s different in various water types. And acceptable distances from the trout change even with the angles by which you approach them . . .

Podcast: The Spooky Trout  — What Scares Fish and How to Avoid Spooking Them — S5, Ep3

Podcast: The Spooky Trout — What Scares Fish and How to Avoid Spooking Them — S5, Ep3

Success on the water starts with finding fish and not spooking them. No one ever caught a scared trout. All the tactics, the flies and the habits of river trout that we focus on mean nothing if the fish are on high alert and out of the mood to eat.

Don’t spook the fish. Achieving that is different from season to season. It’s different in various water types. And acceptable distances from the trout change even with the angles by which you approach them . . .

Podcast: Fly Tying and the Complete Angler — S5, Ep2

Podcast: Fly Tying and the Complete Angler — S5, Ep2

This episode of the Troutbitten Podcast is about tying flies. It’s about how that aspect of fly fishing changes everything for us. Most of us wish to be a complete angler — one who is well rounded, ready for anything and versatile.

By tying flies, we get closer to that goal, because tying flies engages us in a deeper way. We’re more connected, more invested in what we tie to the end of the line. With a few turns of monofilament through the hook eye, we are attached to our own creations and our own solutions . . .

Podcast: Fly Fishing Through the Fall Season — S5, Ep1

Podcast: Fly Fishing Through the Fall Season — S5, Ep1

Fall fishing offers renewed hope and opening opportunities, along with a change of scenery. As the foliage turns, so do the habits of wild trout. Our favorite fish loses some of its characteristic inhibitions.

More water, less light and the instinct to fatten up create unique opportunities for every angler who is willing to meet the trout on their own terms. While hatches may be sparse, the underwater game opens up to those with the skills to present a nymph, streamer or wet fly with precision . . .

Podcast: Roundtable Review and Wrap Up — Dry Dropper Skills Series #5

Podcast: Roundtable Review and Wrap Up — Dry Dropper Skills Series #5

This is our full crew review of dry dropper styles. And it wraps up this Troutbitten Skills Series on dry dropper fishing. Because, as we’ve seen, what seems like a pretty simple thing — just adding a nymph under a dry fly — actually creates some complex situations. Knowing your intentions, understanding the system and adjusting your rigging makes a big difference . . .

Podcast: Light Dry Dropper — Dry Dropper Skills Series #2

Podcast: Light Dry Dropper — Dry Dropper Skills Series #2

Light Dry Dropper is perfect for offering the dry fly as a primary choice. And sometimes, the frequency of takes on the added nymph is stunning.

Fishing a nymph under a dry fly is rarely as simple as adding a nymph and casting it out there. Some forethought into what your objectives truly are, measured against your options for rigging and fly selection, goes a long way toward filling the net with trout . . .

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Leaders Are Back In The Troutbitten Shop

Leaders Are Back In The Troutbitten Shop

Troutbitten leaders are back in the Shop. There are some unique features to Troutbitten leaders that make a big difference. These are hand tied leaders in four varieties: Harvey Dry Leader, Standard Mono Rig, Thin Mono Rig, and Micro-Thin Mono Rig. Standard Sighters are also available, and they include a Backing Barrel. The Full Mono Rig Kit contains each of the three Mono Rig leaders, three foam spools and a twenty-inch Rio Bi-Color extension.

All Troutbitten leaders come on a three-inch spool, making long leader changes a breeze . . .

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Podcast: Feed Drop — Troutbitten on the Wade Out There Podcast

Podcast: Feed Drop — Troutbitten on the Wade Out There Podcast

Hey Troutbitten friends. Season three of the podcast is finished, and season four begins in just a few weeks. But in this time off, I have something special for you. I was recently a guest on the Wade Out There podcast with Jason Shemchuck. We had a fun discussion about family, kids and fly fishing. Then we got technical about streamer tactics, presentations and efficiencies.

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Podcast: The Versatile Angler — S3-Ep15

Podcast: The Versatile Angler — S3-Ep15

There are stages. There are tools. There are systems for being versatile on the water. And there’s a time for all of it.

Pursuing this kind of versatility also keeps us in the game for a lifetime. We are forever working on the next idea, refining new casts and another approach. Eventually, we develop such a facility with these skills that we begin to combine them, breaking free from the common and standard approach and landing on new ways to get a dead drift or move a streamer. Creation becomes the goal. Design becomes our drive. And experimentation leads to more answers that lead to more questions . . .

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