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The Rigging | Drop Shot Nymphing on a Tight Line Rig — Pt.4

There are plenty of ways to build a drop shot rig. This one is built for finesse. Rarely is much weight required, because the rest of the leader is literally designed for getting the flies down — to allow light weights to fall quickly . . .

Podcast: A Fly Fishing Life, and Doing the Hard Things — S3-Ep9

The rewards are in that work. The enjoyment is in the journey. But it’s also pretty sweet to be standing midstream among the best hatch of the season, with a precision casting stroke carrying the fly into the ring of every rise. Set the hook, and you know that you’ve earned it.

Prepare, practice and enjoy the payoff. . . .

What water type? Where are they eating?

Fast, heavy, deep runs have always been my favorite water type to fish. I can spend a full day in the big stuff. I love the mind-clearing washout of whitewater. No average sounds penetrate it. And the never ending roar of a chunky run is mesmerizing. I also enjoy the wading challenge. The heaviest water requires not just effort, but a constant focus and a planned path to keep you upright and on two feet. Constant adjustment is needed to stay balanced, and one slip or misstep ends up in a thorough dunking. It reminds me of the scaffold work I did on construction crews in my twenties. I always enjoyed being a few stories up, because the workday flew by. When every movement means life or death, you’d better stay focused. I always liked that . . .

Fly Casting — Don’t Reach (with VIDEO)

But, what about that pretty magazine pose? What about those videos of nymph fishermen with their arms high and extended, reaching the fly rod out to maximum length? It’s silly. It’s unnecessary. And it won’t last for long.

Reaching is an unsustainable body position at any age. Reaching the arm takes power from the forward cast. And by keeping the elbow in a natural and relaxed position, casting accuracy and delivery options improve dramatically . . .

Podcast: Rude on the River, Front Ended and the Golden Rule — S3-Ep8

Just like the previous episode, this podcast deals with space on the river. But this time, it’s not about finding space as much as how we share it. Sometimes, we’re forced to share more than we’d like. Other times, there’s simply no question that another angler has broken the code. And how do we deal with that? This is our topic.

Save the Discovery

I’d decided already. I only wanted to know what was possible. Tell me of the fish and no more. I earnestly wanted to track down the rest for myself — whatever the cost — wherever the adventure . . .

The Weights | Drop Shot Nymphing on a Tight Line Rig — Pt.3

The weight is at the heart of drop shot nymphing. Putting that weight at the end of the line is what makes it unique. And using the right kind of weight makes it pretty special.

You want streamlined? You want dense, concentrated weight in a package with no material resistance? You want pure efficiency in a weight form? Drop shot is your answer . . .

Podcast: Find Your Water — Find Space — S3-Ep7

If you want space, if you want to find your own water, it’s there for you. Be an explorer. Fish offbeat times and offbeat locations. Fish bad weather and rough conditions. Find your water, and find space.

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Dog Days

It’s pretty. And you can’t deny it. Our summer forest holds a hundred shades of green, with depths of color that add a new dimension to the leaves, the moss, ferns, grass and pine needles. With all of this vegetation at full growth, space in the woods is smaller. It's...

The Further You Walk, the More You Leave Behind

** NOTE ** This story was originally published to Hatch Magazine in 2017. It is republished here, and it's one of my favorites It's Monday. It’s 35 degrees. And it's spitting rain. That combination of undesirables should be enough to give you plenty of space on the...

Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #43 — Two Ways to Recover Slack

Much of what we learn about fly fishing comes from instinct. Fishing, after all, is not that complicated. It does not take a special set of talents or years of study to figure most of this out for yourself. It just takes a tuned in, heads up approach out there on the...

Fighting Big Fish — How Strong Are Your Tools?

I think most anglers walk to the river with a fly rod and a matching reel, strung up with a leader and tippet that they’ve never tested. In fact, I daresay they haven’t tested the rod much either. Oh, they’ve fished it, but most anglers don't know the limits of their...

Podcast: Putting It All Together — Tight Line Skills Series, #9

 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. Here we are at the finish line. In this ninth installment of this Troutbitten Skills Series,...

The Big Score | Meet the Bad Hombre

Spring fishing in Montana. It's unpredictable and sometimes impossible once the runoff starts, but there are always places. It was a risky time to schedule a family fishing trip, but that’s what he did. With mugs of steaming coffee and a cargo area damp with fishing...

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