Articles With the Tag . . . winter fly fishing

Gear Review: Simms Bulkley Wading Jacket

Weather be damned. We’ve come a long way from your grandfather’s yellow rain slicker. The Simms Bulkley insulated wading jacket is the perfect cold-weather fishing coat. And after spending about a hundred days in it over the last year, I can tell you why . . .

Redd Fish — Should we fish for trout through the spawn or stay home?

We don’t target spawning trout, but is it okay to fish during the spawn? And if you choose to stay off the water, do you know what to look for when you return?

Here’s an in-depth look at trout spawning habits and some opinion about fishing around the spawning season. If you plan to fish during or after the spawn, there’s a key point to understand . . .

Redd Fish — Should we fish for trout through the spawn or stay home?

We don’t target spawning trout, but is it okay to fish during the spawn? And if you choose to stay off the water, do you know what to look for when you return?

Here’s an in-depth look at trout spawning habits and some opinion about fishing around the spawning season. If you plan to fish during or after the spawn, there’s a key point to understand . . .

Night Shift — Tracks

** Note: This January 2015 post is rewritten and revisited here. So many of our favorite waters are accompanied by railroad tracks, and walking the familiar but odd stride required by the spacing of the wooden ties has become instinctive to me.  The tracks are a...
Kinda Slow

Kinda Slow

  ** NOTE** This is an article from the winter of 2017. It came to mind, recently, as a contrast to the way things have been on the water lately."Kinda Slow" usually happens for some weeks at a time every winter season. But that's not this winter. Not yet. And...

Fair-weather or foul-weather | Troutbitten on Hatch Magazine

Fair-weather or foul-weather | Troutbitten on Hatch Magazine

Hatch Magazine published an article that I wrote. You can find it here. "Truth is, most diehard fishermen aren't all that diehard. A lot of fishermen are looking for reasons not to fish. Sound absurd? I’ve had enough people cancel plans to believe it. I also live...

Trophy Hunting: Meet Jercules

Trophy Hunting: Meet Jercules

Not all rivers hold big trout. Maybe you already knew that, but it took a long time for me to grasp this reality, and I’m still trying to make peace with it. People exaggerate, and fishermen just flat-out lie. So after too many conversations with parking lot experts,...

Night Shift – Breaking the Ice

Night Shift – Breaking the Ice

I've been fishing in the dark two other times since my last Night Shift report, and on each of those trips I experienced limited zero success. I knew that winter night fishing was going to beat me up and test my resolve, however, it's been even slower than I...

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Winter Cookout

Last Sunday Sloop John B set up the annual Troutbitten winter cookout. I think most of us prefer to fish with a little space around us, so I've never been one to get excited about fishing with a load of people, but at this location, there are so many different...

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Night Shift – Skunked

Night Shift – Skunked

I've read a lot of fishing blogs, and I can't recall any accounts of a complete shut out.  I've seen lots of hero poses with gorgeous slabs of wild trout spilling over wet, dripping hands with the flash of a fly rod reflecting in the sun. My RSS feed is filled with...

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Night Shift – The Thicket

Night Shift – The Thicket

Friday night I wrapped up my gig at the Phyrst with my buddy Noah, then made the transformation from musician to fisherman again. I've done this a bunch of times now, and the thorough contrast in venues is remarkable: from the noise and chaos of the State College bar...

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Gear – Kids In Waders

Gear – Kids In Waders

Took Aiden fishing today.  No, it's really not too cold if you dress for it.  For my youngest son, that means three pair of socks, three pants, two heavy shirts, winter coat, hat, and waterproof mittens. Sure, it takes about fifteen minutes to get dressed, but then I...

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Night Shift – Christmas Lights

Night Shift – Christmas Lights

I decided to fish close to home and in a section that rolls through a small neighborhood.  No, it's more like a series of cabins.  It was an odd choice.  A great choice during the day, but at night I always try to stay away from light sources because I've learned that...

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