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RiverBum Fly Fishing Blog

​Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks: Rising Fish

Oh baby, when you see or hear a fish rise, an active feeder - the first thing you think is "Let’s go get ‘em!"   We immediately swing our fly to right where we see ‘em rise or to the ripple rings……nothing. We throw again…..nothing. We’ve all been there. Our first instinct when we see [...]

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​Fly Fishing Tips and Tricks: Drifting Boulders

Over the course of the next several weeks I’ll be writing about some tips and tricks I have learned over the years. I’m organizing a trip for the Salmonfly hatch with RiverBum pro Jim Mitchell, so some tips and tricks on a float trip seem to be in order. When you’re on a drift, much of your [...]

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The Rainbow Trout

I love rainbows, I really do. These fish are strong, tail walking beauties. There’s nothing like seeing the acrobatic runs of a rainbow on the end of your line. Fortunately, rainbows are the most ubiquitous species of trout with native ranging from North Mexico, the East Coast, Rockies, West Coast and Canada.There are two types of rainbows, generally speaking. [...]

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Some Basics About Trout

Generally speaking, there are three categories of trout. One category, True Trout, consist of species like rainbows, brown, and cutthroat. The second category known as Char, consist of Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, and Arctic Char. The last is known as the hybrids. Fish such as Tiger Trout are known to be hybrids. Water Temperature Sticking with the basics here, True [...]

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The Allure of Trout

I think there has been more written about trout fly fishing than any other form of fly fishing. There are mountains of materials written on individual species, the gear, techniques, and locations around the world.Trout are mysterious and can be notoriously difficult to catch. I’ve had the good fortune of fishing many blue ribbon streams. These fish have camouflage [...]

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Trout Senses

One of the many reasons we love fly fishing for trout is that they are such a challenge to catch. Trout have excellent vision, their vision path is essentially up and out. When folks say “I hope they are looking up”, well, the fish always are. Whether or not they are feeding and you are presenting the right [...]

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Hook/Fly Sizes

One of the more confusing things about learning to fly fish are hook/fly sizes. Like tippet and leader material sizes, fly fishing hook sizes are based on a bit of an antiquated system that doesn't make a lot of sense to us these days. Here are a few basic things to think about that should [...]

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Fly FIshing Tips for Late Fall

There's a chill in the air. Winter is almost here. Don't put away the fly rod just yet though. Some of the best fly fishing, uncrowded water, hungry fish, and natural beauty happens to be found out on the rivers in the fall. Look for tail waters with a water release from the bottom of the [...]

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Dry Fly Fishing in the Fall

Fall is here!  The chill in the air, the leaves are putting on their fall splendor, and the landscapes around our favorite rivers are downright stuffing.If you’re like me, fall fishing is prime time for streamer fishing.  There’s nothing like chucking some meat.  However, if you’re looking for a bit of a change of pace, this time of year can [...]

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Fall Fishing for Steelhead, Trout and Salmon

Finally, It’s October!  Fall is by far my favorite time of year.  Here in West Virginia the air is getting cooler, the leaves are turning color and falling from the trees and people are excited to be back in the woods looking for a big buck to hang on the wall.  Football is in full [...]

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