A separation is always difficult despite the time involved and always leaves you feeling lost. Miles and miles of explored river will always lead to parts that you have never set your foot on. A new part of a river can be intimidating, you have to decide how to fish it, feel out all the underwater features, and take your best cast and try and hook something. That is where I am at, feeling out this new, scary unknown part of the water to see if I will take a wrong step or have sure footing. Fortunately, beyond the face of fear is freedom. That is what we are all after, the freedom to be happy and cast again no matter what the fates have in store.
The polar opposite of this situation occurs when an angler chooses to carry and use only a single fly or fly pattern. Perhaps the best known example is the “One-Fly” contest. The basic rules are simple. A team of anglers draws a beat on a river, and each participant chooses one fly to use for the duration of the contest. If you lose that fly, it’s game-over for you. The team that catches the most total inches of fish wins. There may also be individual awards. These contests are commonly done to benefit some charity or other, often involving stream conservation. So whether you approve of competitive angling or not, it is for a good cause.
Many fly fishing anglers rely on emerger flies to target trout. Guest blogger Mike Cline explains what an emerger fly pattern is, and what they imitating that makes them attractive to trout.
After spending a ridiculous amount of money on tying materials, rods, reels, new line, and the latest and greatest gadgets, we find ourselves face to face with our scaled quarry. Have you ever sat back and thought about why we do all this just to catch a fish? For a fisherman, all that money and time spent preparing is worth it just to feel that tug at the end of your line. The moment your fly disappears or that strike indicator goes down, the little spike of excitement in your heart can be like a drug. We must get more and more of it to get our fix of this little thing called fly fishing. Cuts, bruises, and pain become inconsequential to watching a fish run at the end of your line. Norman Maclean once said,” There's certainly something in fishing that makes a man feel he is doing right; I can't explain it, but it's very pleasant.” That indescribable feeling that Norman is talking about is just that, indescribable.
Road Trip Part One, the smoky half of the story, left me alongside the Truckee River in northern Nevada, tired and cold. This is part two.
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Fly Fishing Poem by Michael Voris
As I was working through a bunch of Wikipedia articles related to fly tying, it struck me that Initialisms and acronyms have to some extent permeated our avocation like they have across the spectrum of endeavors. Only uninitiated fly anglers wouldn’t be familiar with these initialisms—PMD (Pale Morning Dun), BWO (Blue Wing Olive), EHC (Elk Hair Caddis). Of course there are more obscure initialisms that might take some explaining—CDL (Coq de Leon), CDC (Cul de Canard), PTN (Pheasant Tail nymph)
Georgia is not known for having many of the accolades that come with most of the trout fisheries out west, but still offers excellent opportunities for anglers to get outdoors and experience the sport of fly fishing. The different opportunities you can find across the state make Georgia a near perfect location for beginning fly anglers to learn and hone their craft. In Georgia there are 4 distinct types of trout fisheries that each offer something different to anglers. Stocked Trout Streams, Wild Trout Streams, Private Water Trout Streams, and Tailwater Trout Streams can all be approached very differently and often require different tactics for success.
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Written by Paul Beel: J. Stockard Pro Tyer Team Leader and owner of FrankenFly Through the y...
The glaciers that carved the mountains of southern Wyoming’s Snowy Range left behind beautiful and breathtaking views. Those glaciers also left behind an abundance of kettle lakes which are now full of hungry trout. Whether you’re a seasoned fly fisherman, or just getting out on the water, the Snowy Range offers ample opportunity and excitement for everyone. Here are some reasons you should visit Wyoming to wet a fly in the Snowy Range.