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Swamp Hopper

Hopper season is upon us! There is nothing like seeing a big brown trout smack your offering. It is a total thrill! Hoppers are the big juicy steak of the trout world. Who amongst us can pass up a nice juicy ribeye?I see many fly fisherman make a fundamental mistake while hopper fishing…..as soon as [...]

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​If at first you don’t succeed, DON’T try again!

Refusals are all part of fly fishing. We’ve all been there. A huge trout swats at our stonefly pattern, a huge bump on our streamer but no love….it happens all the time. What do we do? We swat that same spot…..over and over and over. There’s a couple of things I want you to [...]

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​Big, Bad, German Brown

RiverBum has greatly expanded our streamer offering. We have hundreds of new fly fishing patterns in, including some big boys and articulated streamers. When you fish these bad boys, you’re not going for volume of fish. You’re going for the King of the river. The biggest, baddest trout in the water.  Want to improve your [...]

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​Beetle Juice & Chocolate Ants

For some reason, when it comes to the fly fishing world the beetle and a small ant are often overlooked as a viable fly fishing offering, many folks favoring throwing large Chernobyl’s and the like. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Chernobyl’s and similarly large fly fishing flies, but they are not right for every situation. Beetles & Ants, [...]

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​SA Freshwater/Saltwater Fluorocarbon Tapered Leader: Product Review

Look, I know there is great debate on whether or not Fluorocarbon is invisible in water. While I’m not in the camp of completely invisible, they are for sure darn tough to see. Most rivers are getting into their summer flows. That means our presentations need to be stealthier. I’ve been using SA’s Fluoro leader for a few [...]

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Summer Time, Fly Fishing Time

Summer is here, and early summer is one of my favorite times of year to fly fish. I can ditch the waders and wet wade. There’s nothing like a beautiful 80 degree day on a mountain river wading waist deep in 55-60 degree water. It is also the time of year where some epic hatches occur.  Green Drake [...]

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​Learn to Love the Back of the Bus

I just did a two day float on the Blackfoot River. What a fantastic fly fishing trip. The buddy I went with hadn’t done a guided fishing trip for over 20 years and the trip was a combo birthday, Father’s day, and Christmas present for him. Since I have the good fortune of going [...]

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Two Fly Guy: Life Cycle Pairings

I love a two fly rig.  That’s really no secret if you watch this blog.  Summer has arrived and with it warmer weather and slower water. The fish have already seen their fair share of flies and are starting to get their Ph.D in lip piercings. They are also starting to get more selective.  Is your [...]

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The Steeple Cast

I fly fish on the St. Joe River in Northern Idaho quite a bit. For much of the water shed, your back is literally going to be up against the wall once you get down on the river.  Whether its rock, trees, or other obstructions, we’ve all been in the situation where we simply don’t have room to back [...]

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Clear, Slow Water Fly Fishing Tactics

Slow and Low. That’s how you cook proper BBQ, but Slow and Low when it comes to water conditions can be a challenge.  Hey, the rivers are on the drop and in great shape. But in many areas, we are already seeing some challenging river conditions. Slow, Low, and Clear water means spooky fish. This can be [...]

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