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Reading The Water Series - How Water Temperature Effect Trout

finding fish Apr 01, 2019

In our previous post, we discussed how trout are cold-blooded and how they react to changes in water temperature. This is important as it determines how active trout are and which habitats they'll prefer. Now that we have a better understanding of when trout feed with regard to temperature, let's focus on warmer water temperatures. This is more critical to trout than cold water and tends to overlap more with anglers' fishing habits. More fly fishers are likely to be out fishing in the summer...

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Reading The Water Series - Water Temperature and Trout Behavior

finding fish Mar 13, 2019

Water temperature is one of the most important considerations when you set out to find active trout.

Cold, clean water is among a trout's most critical needs, and once you understand how trout react to the temperature you'll have a better idea of the best times to go to the river and the best types of water to target. Some anglers are fanatical about water temperature. They will carry a thermometer at all times and keep a journal of entries to compare temperature, fish activity, and even...

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Reading The Water Series - Three Types of Trout Rivers

finding fish Feb 27, 2019
One of the most significant factors that influence trout behavior is the type of river in which they live.
 
There are numerous types of trout flies to choose from as well as various strike indicators, different style fly lines and leader lengths. They all have different uses, but the first step is understanding how to choose a fly and utilize specialized gear based upon understanding different rivers. 
 
While every river and stream will have its unique characteristics,...
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Reading The Water Series - Runs

finding fish Feb 10, 2019

Runs are among the most common types of trout water you'll find anywhere you go. 

They can be long or short, deep or shallow, and usually, merge with other types of trout water. Riffles will often settle into a run and runs may transform into deeper pools with a slower current. While a run will have other elements such as a riffle at the head and maybe a pocket, it's probably best to think of it as a relatively long piece of water that is unbroken by any major rapids or shallow shoals...
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Reading The Water Series - Pocket Water

finding fish Feb 05, 2019

We've fished numerous locations across North America and where ever we go you can be sure that most sections of river composed of pocket water receive light fishing pressure. close to has been the case from swift headwaters of the Penobscot River in Maine, to the tumbling streams of North Carolina, to the canyon waters of Montana and Idaho. There are probably some good reasons why fly fishers avoid this rough and tumble water, but there are even more reasons why they should give it more...

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Reading The Water Series - Riffles

finding fish Feb 01, 2019

Riffles are among the most productive types of water in trout rivers and streams.

When we think back on so many of the places we've trout fished across North America, the places that are the most consistent for finding feeding fish are riffles.

The upper Madison River is a world-famous trout fishery sometimes referred to as "the 50-mile riffle". Very few rivers have so much productive water throughout their entire length.

A riffle is a relatively shallow stretch of water with current flowing...

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Reading The Water Series - The Long Flat

finding fish Jan 23, 2019

Reading the Water is an expansive topic since there are many different types of water out there.

Big pools, shallow riffles, pocket water, swift runs, are all types of water you may fish in a river or stream, but we're going to start by looking at what we think of as "flat water." This type of water is a piece of water that is flat without any white water, chop, or riffle upon it. Most flats will feature a transition from another type of water to a flat. Sometimes long sections of a...

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The Most Important Skill For Any Fly Fisher

finding fish Jan 17, 2019

Which skill do you think is the most important for any fly fisher to have?

 
Would that be to have the ability to cast really far? How about having the knack to always pick the right fly or tie beautiful flies to effectively imitate insects?
 
Those are good skills to have, but nowhere nearly so important as one that most fly fishers need help with:
 

Reading The Water...

 
You can cast a fly rod prettier than anyone else in the world but it's worthless if you cast to all...
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Reading The Water

finding fish Dec 16, 2018
Without a doubt, reading the water is among the most important skills a fly fisher can possess, yet among the most difficult to learn.
 
Anyone can practice fly casting in the yard and eventually develop a beautiful cast but it's very difficult to learn the nuances of where trout position in the current without spending time on the water. We have videos planned that will clearly illustrate this, but we're so excited to share our knowledge we've put together a short post about the most...
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