Category Archives: Fly Fishing Life

On Getting Skunked

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

One of the few certainties in fly fishing is that all of us will occasionally wind up “skunked.” As experience, knowledge, and skill increase, this unpleasant experience becomes less frequent and less likely. But the possibility never goes away entirely.

It doesn’t matter how far you travel, or how much money you spend. You can always get skunked. Hiring a good guide, and being in the right place at the right time, can certainly stack the odds in your favor. But there is never any assurance of success in terms of quantity or size of fish caught. Or indeed of catching fish at all.

This brings to mind the famous line from Tom Hanks’ character in the movie A League of Their Own: “There’s no crying in baseball!” Likewise, there are no guarantees in fly fishing. more…

The Rise and Fall of the Firehole

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

What goes up must come down! Like clockwork, the June cycles of the Firehole River in Yellowstone provide for a challenging angling experience. A light work schedule (thankfully nothing since late March) allowed me to string a series of seven day-trips between May 28 and June 12 to the Firehole during the opening salvo of the 2018 Yellowstone National Park season. Each year, the park season opens on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Despite having outstanding fisheries throughout the park, it is rare that any water other than the Firehole is fishable on the opener. It always attracts a lot of anglers, especially those that can make the easy trip from Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Montana for the weekend. However, by Monday, Memorial Day itself, the initial pressure subsides quite a bit. That’s when I make my first foray to the Firehole, always hoping for decent, fishable conditions.

We had a big snow year in Montana and a warmer than normal May had the big rivers in runoff early. That first trip of the season to the Firehole was always fraught with the odds that the river would be swollen and unfishable (if not just very difficult to fish). One of the big draws to the Firehole is the dry fly fishing (not my gig, but a lot of anglers live for it). Unfortunately, early season hatches can be sporadic if not absent completely if the river is cold and high. But that does not mean there isn’t decent fishing (catching I mean) if you get to the river at the right time in the right places. more…

Out of Breath

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Ever hear those ubiquitous analogies about trout fatigue, such as “a hooked fish fighting your rod exerts more energy than a human doing three sets of heavy squats followed by five consecutive 100-yard dashes”? Every wonder from whence those exaggerations come…how much empirical calculation goes into them…how accurate they really are?

Spoiler: They’re not calculated. They’re more what you’d call a colorful explanation. They’re trying to make an impression. But…what’s the real science behind such claims?