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Troutbitten Podcast — Episode 2: How to Handle a Trout

My friends join me for a great conversation on a most important topic: safe catch and release practices, from hooking a trout to letting it go. Because if the goal of catch and release is to put a trout back and catch it again, then we want to ensure that the health of the fish remains intact . . .

Fly Fishing Tips: The Order of Everything

A lot goes into a good fishing trip. It’s a flexible framework of pieces and parts mixed in with a little fortuitous intuition. That first trout to the net is rarely luck. And when you start to lose count of how many fish have come to hand, you can be sure that luck has had very little to do with it.

We like to dig into the details of fly fishing. How fast should we lead a pair of nymphs on a tight line? What streamer-head-angle produces best for a medium retrieve in flat water? But the overarching principles of how to catch a trout — the headers of the outline — are these . . .

The Best Fly Rods for the Mono Rig and Euro Nymphing — My Favorite Rods

Choosing a fly rod that’s perfect for the Mono Rig and euro nymphing starts with knowing your goals. How versatile do you want to be?

From the best all-around fly rod that’s ready to handle nymphs, streamers and more on a long leader, to specialized euro nymphing rods and dedicated streamer rods, here are my favorite tools for fishing the Mono Rig . . .

Podcasts Begin — Episode 1: This Is Troutbitten

In this inaugural Troutbitten podcast, my friends Bill, Austin, Trevor and Josh join me to discuss how fly fishing for wild trout creates a life on the water.

We consider what it means to fish hard, how hope is the strongest trait of a successful angler, why everything works sometimes, and how fly fishers, all too often, are a little much.

We also talk about the tenets of Troutbitten, or the shared interests and characteristics about fly fishing that bring us together and keep us excited about trout fishing for a lifetime . . .

Angler Types in Profile: The I’ve been doing that forever guy

Fly fishing is full of it — full of anglers who take themselves too seriously, and full of others who support it. Everyone knows everything . . .

So as fly fishing churns out newish concepts like articulated streamers and euro nymphing, it’s no wonder there’s some resistance to it all. No wonder  at every turn we find guys with arms folded, shaking their heads and saying, “Nah, I’ve been doing that forever. . .”

Fishing With Kids — The Independence Marker

At thirteen years old, he has enough experience with the woods and water that I don’t think twice about dropping him off to fish for the evening, awaiting his call when he’s either fished out or it’s getting dark. When I pick him up, he’s full of excitement and stories, or he is calm and peaceful in a way that I don’t often see him. I let him be, in those times, and allow the experience for him to soak in, as he processes a return to the world after a long outing. Leaving the water to rejoin life is sometimes a hard turn.

Kids soak in the rhythms of nature. And later in life, maybe around twelve years old, that base of experience pays off . . .

Night Fishing for Trout –The Wiggle and Hang

Lifting the rod slightly, I shake the rod tip left and right. Easy, rhythmically, I wiggle the tip and feel the line wave as I see it dance and glow in the dark. The fly shimmies and sends a pattern of waves through the surface and beyond, calling to any trout within who-knows-how-far.

Pick One Water Type and Fish It

Fishing all the water ahead of me is my favorite way to fish, but I don’t do it all the time. In fact, I probably don’t fish that way even half the time. Instead, I often stay with one rig for hours on end, and I skip all the water where that rig isn’t the best option.

Setting aside a day, or even a long morning, to work with one rig in one water type, skipping over everything that isn’t a good match, really pays off . . .

Troutbitten Thin Mono Rig

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** NOTICE **  The Thin Mono Rig is currently out of stock. We’ll tie more. Check back soon, and thank you for your support! 

The Troutbitten Thin Mono Rig is built with a ten pound Maxima Chameleon butt section. It is useful for avoiding line sag with light nymphs, particularly at distances between twenty-two to thirty feet. Thin leaders also provide extra sensitivity, with better feel and strike detection than thicker leaders.

The Thin Mono Rig is better suited for cross stream presentations than the Troutbitten Standard Mono Rig, but it’s not nearly as versatile for indy styles, dry dropper and streamer work.

—  Sighter of Gold Stren followed by 2X Rio Bicolor, with Backing Barrel, is built in.

— Includes a high quality, black,1.5 mm tippet ring at the end of the sighter.

— Angler adds appropriate length of tippet.

— Comes on a three-inch plastic spool, perfect for storing long leaders.

Also Offered: All three Troutbitten Mono Rigs are available as a full kit — found HERE.

Learn more at this Troutbitten article:

Thin and Micro-Thin Leaders for Euro Nymphing and the Mono Rig

Quick Tips — Unbutton Snags from the Backside

Get your nymphs down to the fish. Put them in the strike zone — low — where the trout live. Keep your streamer near the rock bed because that’s where the baitfish are. Cast your flies over by that wet log. Trout love structure. It’s all true. And to fish well, to be...

Streamer Presentations — The Head Flip

I learned to trout fish by drifting live minnows on a spinning rod. My uncle taught me. We used a two inch long needle to thread a small loop of six pound mono into the mouth and out the vent of a fathead minnow. The needle was removed before a double hook went...

Polish Yer Beads — Rejuvenate a fly’s tarnished bead or conehead

Dull metalheads mess with my confidence. I fish with copper, gold or silver beadheads and coneheads because they’re shiny. And when picking out my next fly, I avoid ones with a metalhead that’s lost its luster. Weather, water and time tarnishes the finish on both...

Tight Line and Euro Nymphing: Leading vs Tracking vs Guiding

Most anglers seem to think that tight line nymphing is just one thing -- as if there's a single way to do all of this. The logical assumption, at first, is that you can learn this style and then polish it up until the new-to-you tactic is under your belt. Then maybe...

#3. Sticking the Landing: Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing

** NOTE ** This is the third featured skill in the Troutbitten series, Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing. You can find the overview, along with dedicated articles for each chapter and skill as they publish HERE. -- -- -- -- -- -- So you’ve waded...

Flies and Weights

**NOTE** This is Part Four in a Troutbitten Short Series about weights and measures. This will all read a little better if you back up and read Parts 1-3 first. However, the information in this article also stands alone.  READ: Troutbitten | Category | Know Your...

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