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The miles of river around you might seem endless, like you could fish for the rest of your life and never see it all. But given a couple decades of hard fishing, you may start to feel quite the opposite. The twisting rivers and rambling streams become your home. And each one within the perimeter of a reasonable driving distance is mentally marked as either explored and fishy or explored and fishless. Until eventually, the list of the unexplored disappears.

And to sustain a sense of adventure, your urge to reconsider the marginal water overtakes your parallel urge to go for the sure thing. Hunting for places beyond the obvious spots on the map becomes part of what you do, not only on fishing trips, but on your days off too.

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Fly Casting — Don’t Reach (with VIDEO)

** NOTE ** The addition of the video below makes this article, first published a few years ago, more complete. While the video focuses on the downsides of reaching while tight line nymphing, the article expands on the negative effects of reaching, across fly fishing...

We Wade

The best fishing trips begin with a walk. With boot laces tied and wader straps buckled, our journey into the foggy morning canyon begins.  A good walk streamside clears the mind, releasing our anxieties and the questions of a life left back at the truck. Walking a...

How To Be A More Accurate Fly Caster

If you have it, accuracy might be something that you take for granted. Oh, I’ll just punch the fly under those tree limbs and land the fly with an upstream curve to compensate for the swift current rolling sideways off the mossy rock. If that’s easy for you, then...

Depth, Angle, Drop: Three Elements of a Nymphing Rig

Legendary saxophone player, Charlie Parker said, “Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.” I think the same honest advice extends to fly fishing. Good nymphing is both an art and a science. When an angler first dives...

Nymphing: A two diameter solution to a one diameter problem

Good nymphing requires a few adjustments to the leader. And failing to make these adjustments results in mediocre fishing, at best. The basics of leader design change when delivering flies underneath, especially if the goal is a natural dead drift. So what else...

Podcast: — Guiding the Flies — Tight Line Skills Series, #7

 The Troutbitten Podcast, Season Two, is available everywhere you listen to your podcasts. ** Note **  The Podcast Player, along with links to your favorite players is below. Part Seven of this Troutbitten Skills Series focuses on guiding the flies. Once the nymphs...

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