Pro Tips: The Keys to a Good Downstream Dead Drift


Written by: Phil Monahan

Check out the short video on downstream presentations at the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.

One of my favorite fishing holes in Yellowstone National Park is just below the attraction called Mud Volcano, where the Yellowstone River flows over a ledge of volcanic rock into a very deep. . .

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Classic Tuesday Tip: How to Land, Revive, and Release Large Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

While you’re taking a photo, the fish should be out of the water just a few seconds.
Photo courtesy ASF

Here’s a great lesson on how to land, revive, and release large fish. It was created by the Atlantic Salmon Federation and its partners in the Quebec government, so it’s focused on Salmo salar. But you can easily see how these techniques apply to. . .

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Classic Pro Tip: 15 Steps to Fishing a Mountain Trout Stream


Written by: Phil Monahan

The key to catching lots of brookies from a mountain stream is to move fast and hit all the right spots.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The keys to catching good numbers of trout on steep mountain streams are stealth and speed. Wild brook trout are wary, fast, and can hide in tiny spaces. There are lots of predators that. . .

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Photo and Story: A Summer Steelhead on a Mouse Pattern


Written by: Phil Monahan

Baptiste had come a long way to catch such a stunning fish on a mouse pattern.
Photo by Devon Carr

As fly fishers, we often believe that we deserve a fish. Perhaps you deserve that fish because you made so many great casts and drifts. or you believe that your bad luck is due to run out. This . . .

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