Monthly Archives: November 2015

Escape Volume – Big Trout Can Come in Small Things

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Always Looking to Learn from the Rivers

I don’t know about you, but I prefer to catch big trout.

Not that I always do, but that is my mindset every time I hit the river. I keep a log to track what I catch big fish on and where. Over the years, a surprising theme has emerged; where I catch them is more important than what I catch them on. The bigger surprise is that many of the fish came in water less than 18” deep. In fact, several of the larger fish were in less than 10” of water! more…

The Failure Point

Guest Blogger: Mike Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

Failure_PointA colleague who has always had trouble getting his head around my fly fishing fascination (“But…isn’t it easier to buy frozen fish on your way home from work?”), who has struggled mightily, bless his heart, with the whole catch-&-release thing (“But…then what’s the point?”), who comprehends not the obsession for the finicky salmonid (“But…a fish is a fish…what’s wrong with those stocked catfish ponds?”), who has wagged his head and rolled his eyes at my preference for fly tackle (“But…can’t you just use a normal fishing pole?”) was last week listening patiently as I described the larger Deceivers and Clousers I’d been tying. more…

This May Be The Only Mouse Pattern You’ll Ever Need

Guest Blogger: Steve Culton

A game-used Master Splinter in olive and white. Clearly, the trout approved.

A game-used Master Splinter in olive and white. Clearly, the trout approved.

You have to chuckle at the lengths some tyers will go to sell their flies.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the mouse section of the fly bin. There they are, so cute and cuddly with their little black eyes, dainty ears and whiskers. Now, ask yourself a few questions. Do you really think a gator brown is going to check if that mouse-shaped thing floating over its lie has whiskers? Will it be able to see black eye dots on a grey fly at midnight on a new moon? Or, is the real purpose of that fly to attract and catch an angler? more…