(Learning how to fish wet flies) I this morning guided one of my children on a local river. We caught some bass, panfish, and chubs. Hooked a brown trout that fell off after a good battle. Trout were rising and jumping around noon. We saw only one other angler. I enjoy fishing with my children.
Some takes are soft. Others are vicious. Surprisingly, bit hits happen not just with streamers, but with nymphs, too, if you fish them “on the rise.” It’s a hugely productive technique; during a recent 32-fish day, two-thirds of the strikes came on the rise. At the end of a drift, the rig straightens out and
I woke up at dawn to fish for a few hours. Avoid the bright sun. Seek the coolness of the morning. Enjoy the beauty of a river in solitude. I was surprised to see trout rising, and also, streaking straight up into the air to eat who-knows-what. I didn’t see anything hatching, and so, started
I’ve fished in Montana twice. If you ever get a chance to go, just do it. Suck it up, make the trip, save up beforehand. Montana is just special: incredible mountain views, wild trout, cold water. One my best fishing weeks ever involved wading the Upper Madison River. Priceless. So, I say all that and