What Makes a Great Fly Fishing Trip?

You already know that I LOVE to fly fish.  I go fishing at least once a week, and I’m often out there with a friend or client playing coach.  And tying on flies.  And netting monster trout.  And laughing my ass off all the while.

It’s what I do.

I’ve lost count of how many trips I’ve been on, but it’s a lot.  Some shorter, some longer…  and sometimes I said screw it and just put all my fishing and camping gear in my truck and started driving.  I didn’t care where I was going.  I just cared that I was going, and knowing I was going to catch trout.  That’s all I care about when I do impromptu trips. read more

Big Trout and Your Little Rod

Hey you.  Yes, you.  I see you standing there in the stream, casting to a big ass trout.  With your little rod in your hand.  You keep breaking off on bigger fish rising in the current, but you can’t figure out why.

You went to the stream today thinking you would challenge yourself by taking your 2 weight rod.  Except it’s not a challenge, it’s a recipe for a zero fish day.

It’s no myth that small stream fishing with a 2 or 3 weight rod is a hell of a lot of fun.  I do it all the time.  Small to medium sized fish are fun with a little rod.  Small stream, short casts, and bush whacking all come to mind when I think about taking my 2 or 3 weight. read more

Why You Should Hire a Guide

A friend of mine asked me the other day, “Why should I hire a guide? After all, I can just go fish and figure it out on my own.” And he’s right, except he never catches more than a couple little fish every time he sets out for a day on the stream, which is why I’m writing this.

Do I get a guide every time I go fishing? No, of course not, and I never did, even before I began guiding clients. I will say that my knowledge of the sport, the fish, and the area I’m fishing have all greatly improved as a result of hiring guides in the past. I still go on guided trips at least 5 times every year for several reasons… read more

An Epic Trip to Wyoming

As I sit back and reflect on the 8 days of fishing somewhere in Wyoming this past week, I can’t help but wish I would have planned to stay for at least two weeks.  I also wish I would have applied sunblock more often and more liberally.  Home now, I’m a little worn out after hiking as much as we did this trip, but I’ve got a huge smile on my face.

As usual, we had a great group of guys again this year, and we also got into some challenging fishing.  As it turns out, it had been a very wet spring, and even into July many of the rivers weren’t fish-able.  Whenever the closer water that we favor is running high, or off color, we generally spend a lot of time hunting for better rivers that are clear enough to fish and wadeable.  Unless we’re floating, of course…  Then the river has to be floatable. read more