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Pro Tip: “Skitch” Your Way to Better Hopper Fishing

Written by: Tim Linehan, Linehan Outfitting Co.


Sometimes a little motion is what the trout are looking for in a hopper.
Photo by Sandy Hays

A couple years ago, while floating the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana, Bostonians––and fellow Red Sox fans­­––Tom and Sue Ukena had a great morning sniping trout with long leaders and size 16 Pale Morning Dun spinners. During lunch, . . .

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Photo of the Day: Signs of a Comeback on the Cumberland

Written by: Walt Chastain


Beautiful trout like this rainbow should bring anglers flocking back to the Cumberland.
Photo courtesy Walt Chastain

Thought I would send you a recent picture of a healthy rainbow trout recently caught on the Cumberland River. This sanctuary is making a huge comeback in the past year. The TVA had to lower the Cumberland Lake drastically to. . .

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Essay: In Praise of Mr. Whitey

Written by: John McKinnie, Fly-Fishing Manager at Lone Mountain Ranch


Many a troutless day has been saved by the tug of the whitey.
All photos courtesy Lone Mountain Ranch

As we all gear up for a great summer of fishing, it is time to show some respect for the whitefish. First, whitefish are native to the streams of Montana. They are an important part of the ecosystem, and they help to maintain the environment that all of our prized rainbows and browns (both interlopers) call home. Next, they. . .

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Photo of the Day: Robert’s Rainbow

Written by: Will Lillard, Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions


Not bad for a young man’s very first fly-fishing expedition, eh?
Photo by Will Lillard

Check out this picture from our North Carolina Blue Ridge Adventure. The ten-day trip was Robert’s first time fly fishing. He caught a bunch of native brookies before we chased some big fish on. . .

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Photo of the Day: A Great Start to a Fly-Fishing Career

Written by: Parker Smith, C Lazy U Ranch


On his first time out, Luke outfished both his father and his grandfather.
Photo courtesy Parker Smith

This is the first fish that 13-year-old Luke, an Atlanta native, has ever caught on a fly rod. Not a bad way to start! Now he’s hounding his dad to. . .

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Photos of the Day: Fat Jersey Stripers on Big Bunker Flies

Written by: Colin Archer, The Average Angler


Andrew Hamilton is surely smiling beneath that buff, while he holds a big New Jersey striper.
All photos by Colin Archer

June is time to chase big stripers with the fly rod along the New Jersey Shore. While most anglers are live-lining bunker and using pencils poppers, fly rodders can and will catch fish with large bunker-style flies or. . .

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