Thursday, October 30, 2008

Alaska Fall Fishing Trip!

Fall in Alaska for Big Bows, Steelhead, Pinks and Coho
More on our great trip, top areas, awesome pictures and plenty More!

Looks like a few of us got the right idea and made it out to Alaska recently for some outstanding fishing. I'll give you a short recap since the link below is from my buddy in Anchorage who posted alot of our trip on an Alaskan Fly fishing forum. We fished the Kenai Peninsula all the way down to Homer. Bodies of water included the Russian, Kenai, Anchor, Ninilchik and Deep Creek. Fish targeted, or unfortunately caught ie: "Reds" included Coho, Rainbows, Dolly's, Pinks, & Steelhead.

While we used Egg patterns most of the time I used my Swinging addiction -sorry fellas not that kinda swingin but with Egg sucking Leeches kind to rip a bunch of Silvers, Steelheads and everything else man what a feeling to have them grab this and run!
I started out with a guided day trip on the Kenai and had a blast catching close to 50 fish that day....okay we parted the Red sea but many non-sockeye fish saw the bottom of my net.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Best Fly Fishing Books!

Top Fly Fishing Books To Read!!

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Fly Fish Addiction Photo Contest!

FFA Loves to see Exotic Fish Species!
What better occasion than our annual Fly Fish Addiction Photo Contest. All pictures apply, the strangest, weirdest, large/small, united states or united ocean.....anything goes! Let's see who has or can find the strangest Fish out there~

Contest Rules:
How can I enter?
Easily, simply reply to this posting below under "Comments" after Posted by Troutdawg

How to Post Pictures?
You can post it in the comment section via HTML tags via Flickr , Imageshack
or you can log into your Google account and use your handle to post as well.
*Easiest way also is to post comment and include your Imageshack or Fickr (http:// LINK that has the picture) when it asks for posters name use the name/url section to post it! When we click on your name, it goes to the picture.

As a last resort, If Posting problems occur please email picture or pictures to and I will post them.

Information about Picture and Poster?
Please list information if you have it on fish or where caught, if you do not have this not a problem. Please also include your name and city also.
Contest runs until December 1 and the winner will be announced!

What will I win?
The book "Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die" By Chris Santella

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Big Brown Trout Fishing Fall New York

Fall Brown Trout Fishing in the Northeast!
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The brown trout is not a native species to NY waters. The brown trout were introduced to NY waters from Europe. The brown trout is able to survive and flourish in warmer waters that other trout species will not tolerate. This is one reason for its growing popularity among the anglers of NY.
The brown trout can thrive in streams or lakes. They can with stand heavy fishing pressure better than the native trout species. The main reason for this is that brown trout are more active at night and can be hard to catch in the daytime. The biggest brown trout are caught after dark, or early in the morning especially during the summer months.
The brown trout will feed on a variety of items. In streams they will feed on snails, crayfish and other small fish species. They will feed on a variety of insects including mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies when they are available. In the larger lakes they feed mostly on smelt and alewives. This is why they grow to such large sizes in the lakes.
The brown trout in the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario experience a phenomenal growth rate. They are able to utilize the colder water and venture in to warmer water that rainbow and lake trout do not feed in. The New York State record brown trout weighed 33 lb. 2oz. It was caught by Tony Brown on a Smithwick Rogue from Lake Ontario on June 10, 1997 aboard Dixie Dandy with Captain Gerry Bresadola.
Spawning for the brown trout takes place in the fall. Each year in October and November the tributaries of the Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes receive a large run of these spawning fish. Unlike salmon Brown Trout will hit a fly or lure when presented properly. Eighteen Mile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Salmon River, Oswego River, Niagara River, Black River, Genesee River, and Maxwell Creek are some of the fall hot spots for fall brown trout fishing.

More on Ontario area Brown Trout Here

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fall Fishing with Streamers!!!

Streamer is the Time for Fall Fishing!

While dry fly fishing clearly ranks as the number one preferred fly fishing technique amongst anglers, I personally will happily chuck big streamers if the larger trout aren't rising on a given day. Streamer fishing is the least used and most overlooked of the "Big 3" fly fishing styles, behind nymphing and dry flies. Trout which will sit dormant as dry flies and nymphs pass by can often be enticed to lash out at a well presented streamer. And that is much of the appeal. It feels as though you can make the trout strike when you get the proper action on the streamer. More on that later.

Streamers, which imitate anything from minnows and small trout to crawfish and leeches, can be used any time throughout the season. However, especially for large browns and cutthroats, autumn is best. As water flows recede late in the season, trout become more concentrated as their living space becomes smaller and smaller (less water, less living space). This means smaller trout which have been hiding in various high water holding areas, like sloughs, are now forced to cohabitate in tighter quarters with their larger cannibalistic brethren. The big guys are quick to take advantage of the situation and will greedily chomp any smaller fish which strays into their territory in search of safety. Trout are not very nice to each other.

As trout grow, the insect to small fish ratio of their diet slowly switches to include more smaller fish, which provide a bigger "bang for the buck." Trout must feed efficiently in order to survive and the higher caloric content of, for example, a three inch parr (a young trout) is well worth the effort and it is inherently more efficient than rising repeatedly on insects. This diet switch is less pronounced in fisheries which contain huge insect populations, such as Henry's Fork, and is more pronounced where hatches are light, such as the Snake River in Jackson Hole. In either case, the switch eventually does take place. The difference lies in the size trout which will consistently hit a streamer. In the Jackson Hole section of the Snake River, ten and eleven inch trout will take even size six streamers, something you wouldn't be likely to see on the Henry's Fork.
The fact that streamers often catch larger trout should be enough to convince you to give it a try, but certain misconceptions prevent many from doing so. Allow me to address some of these common misconceptions regarding streamer fishing:

Streamers are hard to castTrue, sort of. However, with proper casting technique, they can easily be handled. The most common problem is the angler not waiting long enough on their back cast. Wait until you feel the streamer loading the rod on your back cast before initiating the front cast. The extra weight of the streamer will provide the feedback you need to get the proper timing. Dry fly fishers who never cast weighted flies often do not realize that they rush their front casts. Learn to cast streamers and you will become better at casting dry flies as well.

I will not see the strike of a streamer like with a dry flyUsually, you can see the strike on a streamer. Whenever possible, use a streamer with some yellow or white on it for visibility. Your streamer need not necessarily be deep to be effective. Look for flashes and movement near your fly. When trout are in the mood, they will come up to or very near the surface resulting in explosive takes. Very cool.

I need to get my streamer as deep as possible, perhaps using a full sink or sink tip lineUsually not. As stated above, your streamer need not necessarily be deep to be effective. I almost always streamer fish with a floating line, using split shot to get the fly down a bit when necessary. The floating line/split shot combo is also the quickest way to sink a fly, as long as you mend and prevent your line from tugging the fly until you are ready to put some action it. Furthermore, the floating line allows much greater line control in moving water which translates into better action on the fly - especially when you are trying to jig your fly, a very good thing to do! It ain't the meat, it's the motion.

One of the overlooked keys to streamer fishing is the action you impart on the fly. This is best accomplished by using your rod tip to move the fly rather than simply stripping in line. Just make sure you keep your slack to a minimum by stripping in line as necessary. Don't be afraid to experiment. Jig the fly up and down, follow two or three quick twitches with a pause, try a really fast presentation, whatever it takes. Try to make your streamer look alive with quick erratic twitches, yet vulnerable with occasional pauses. I call it the "I'm wounded, eat me!" syndrome. You are trying to trigger the trout's instinctive attack response.
Give streamer fishing a try when it gets windy. Not only does the dry fly fishing sometimes suffer as the bugs are blown off the water, but the extra weight of the streamer helps the fly cut through the wind.

Streamers are best fished with a six (or seven) weight rod and line, though many of today's five weight rods can handle them well enough. Make a good strong back cast and wait until you feel the fly begin to load the rod before initiating the front cast. It helps to throw a wider than normal loop when using heavy streamers. Finish with a very positive stopping of the rod tip so that the fly will turn over and contact the water before the line. This improves accuracy which is as equally important for the streamer as for the dry fly, especially when fishing for reclusive brown trout. If you streamer fish enough you will begin to notice that there are days when the fly must be within an inch or two of your target to get the desired results.

For patterns, use old favorites like the Woolly Bugger or the Muddler Minnow. They are still hard to beat. Also in this category would be the Kiwi Muddler, the Zonker and the wide variety of leech patterns, of which mohair and marabou are as good as any. Recently, the Jackson Hole area has been fortunate to have witnessed the development of two new killer streamer patterns, Scott Sanchez's Double Bunny and the JJ Special by Jim Jones. The Double Bunny matches two rabbit strips on one hook and is as big and heavy a streamer as you'll ever want to fish, but big and heavy are the trout it attracts. The JJ Special is essentially a Woolly Bugger with rubber legs in a special brown and yellow color scheme and is most effective when jigged. It elicits exciting slashing takes. Several JJ Special wanna-be's have begun cropping up in western fly bins, but the original is still the best. Try both patterns, they're deadly.

More also from Guy Turck on this topic Here

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kokanee Salmon Fishing!

Kokanee and Sockeye Fishing on a Fly!

More great pictures and top tips on how to catch them HERE

Kokanee Salmon

They are found in the Rocky west and here in Colorado there are a number of places to target them.Rivers of choice during the Fall:Gunnison towards almont in eary to late September.South platte, or Dream Stream section below Spinney. Look each Fall mid to late October for some fun runs.Blue river above Green mountain rez is everyones favorite and from mid Sept and on this place can be loadaed with fish.Kokanee feed mostly on zooplankton and will not eagerly take a fly in most circumstances. But, like most fish, become agressive during the spawn. Preparation for the trip included talking to quite a few fisherman that have experience with kokanee. Fish nymph patterns deep was the common theme.

Kokanee won’t normally move to hit a nymph pattern, but if you can bump them in the nose they will snap at it.

Other popular flies:Red Copper Johns, Egg patterns, Big streamers

Sockeye Salmon are often called the somewhat shy salmon; They are also known as Red Salmon in Alaska. The land locked version of this species is known as the Kokanee salmon. Unlike the other species of Pacific salmon, Sockeye salmon feed almost exclusively on Plankton. This unique trait makes them more reluctant to chase and/or strike a fly placed in front of them. Because of their feeding behavior and the fact that the adults may travel very far upstream to spawn, on the order of several hundred miles to reach their spawning ground, their meat is very rich and are considered to be the best tasting of the salmon species.Getting a Sock to take your fly is not always easy. It can be crazy at times to see your fly being presented to numerous fish without so much as even a look. The flies that have been the most successful at catching Sockeye tend to be very sparsely tied. The take is very subtle but you'll definitely know once you've hooked one of these fish as they immediately torpedo up and then back down stream, turn around, head back up.


Monday, October 20, 2008

San Juan River Fishing!

New Mexico's San Juan River Fall Fishing

Fall is a fantastic time to head to the San Juan River!

Starting about mid September and continuing through November, fall in this part of the West comes slowly. The weather slowly changing as the daylight gets shorter and boy does the fishing pick up. Leaves slowly turning color and staying a little longer. But the fishing does the exact opposite, it gets better. Down right hot Action!

Every year we head to a place known for the largest Trout population in the country, yep this place has it with over 15,000 Trout per mile. This place is hard to beat for continous action, technical midging and patience.

For more on How to fish the San Juan, flies to use, top fishing tips or when best to fish here..

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Big Trout Waters of The West!

Top Big Trout Waters of The West!
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There are many trout waters in the West that contain rainbow and brown trout in the five-pound range, and many other waters with two- to three-pound cutthroat. But when you're after browns and rainbows of eight pounds and above, and cutthroat over five pounds--what I call big trout--you have far fewer options.

Below is a list of some of the best waters with good numbers of "big trout." For each listing, you'll also find the best times of year to seek them. A more complete listing of waters, local resources to take you to these trophies, what they feed on and how to fish them can be found in my book Big Trout (see Review: Big Trout).

Bear Lake (Garden City, UT). During December the Bonneville whitefish come into the shallows to spawn, creating an opportunity to catch the largest Bonneville cutthroat (Bear Lake stock). Other opportune times are during the month of January into the second week of February when the cutthroat prey on Bonneville ciscoes in shallow waters, and then again during the months of May, June, and July when some of the cutthroat are spawning and their cohorts prey on their eggs. Anglers target the river mouths during this latter opportunity.

Crane Prairie Reservoir (Sun River, OR). July through August offers good fishing over springs and in the river channels where the water is cooler. Rainbow trout can top ten pounds.
Davis Lake (Sun River, OR). Fish in the Odell Creek Channel and near the lava flow when the ice and roads clear around April 1st . Come back in the lava flow area from late September into early October as the rainbows fatten up for winter. (note: Davis Lake is not fishable in 2003 due to drought conditions, but it should bounce back after a couple of wet winters).

Duck Lake (Babb, MT), Kipp Lake (Browning, MT), Mission Lake (Browning, MT), Mitten Lake (Heart Butte, MT). Fish at ice-off at the end of April (lasting until the end of May) when the rainbows congregate into a fake spawn. Return during the latter part of October when the water temperatures become cooler and more conducive to active feeding. During both periods the weed growth is down which makes it easier to land the big rainbows. For the brown trout, fish from the end of September into early October when they go into a fake spawn.

East Lake (La Pine, OR), Paulina Lake (La Pine, OR). Both lakes have small populations of rainbow trout but the biggest fish are the brown trout. In Paulina, browns feed on abundant kokanee and tui chubs. In East Lake, the Tui chubs are their primary food source. In both lakes the browns also feed on stocked rainbows trout, when available. Both lakes have a thermocline. The best time to fish for the big browns is at ice-out, which occurs sometime around Memorial Day weekend, depending on the weather. Return in late September, early October when the warm summer water temperatures recede and fish move into shallower waters. The trout become territorial and aggressive as they approach their spawning period and cruise the shoreline. East Lake closes on the last day of October.

Hebgen Lake (West Yellowstone, MT). Hebgen Lake fishes well for big browns cruising the shoreline as the ice comes off (early May) and fishing lasts until the end of the spring turnover (first week of June). Browns are also available in the fall as they stage to run up the Madison River to spawn. This highly productive water has brown trout up to 15 pounds.

Henry's Lake (West Yellowstone, MT). The big cut-bow hybrids are easiest to catch from the last weekend in May until the second weekend in June when the water is just starting to warm, vegetation is still down and the fish are often feeding near the shorelines. For the big brook trout, focus on the mouths of the tributaries where these fish start to congregate.

Lake Pend Oreille (Hope, ID). The best time to catch the big Gerrard-strain rainbows, locally called "kams", is from the second week in October when the surface water temperature is about 56 degrees until the second week in November when it drops to 42 degrees. Most of the rainbows over 25 lbs are caught during this period, and 80% of the big rainbows are caught within 10 days of Halloween. From March 1 until the second week of April is another good period as the trout start staging to spawn at the mouths of the Clark Fork and Pack Rivers.

Omak Lake, (Omak, WA). Fish the north end of the Lake from early February until the end of the month for concentrating pre-spawn Lahontan cutthroat trout.

Pyramid Lake (Reno, NV). There are two key periods to take a Lahontan cutthroat trout here. The first is from late February until the second week in April when they are cruising the shoreline in search of spawning areas. The second period is from the middle of November to the second week in December. The older fall spawners generally run larger than the first year spring ones.

Quake Lake (West Yellowstone, MT). Quake Lake fishes best for big browns cruising the shoreline on the northeast shore from the old boat launch up lake to the mouth of Beaver Creek when the ice comes off (early May) and lasts until the end of the spring turnover (first week of June). The lake has a great deal of standing timber and sees little angling pressure. An ideal time and place for the big browns is at the inlet of the Madison River from the early part of October into November when they are preparing to spawn.

Spinney Reservoir (Hartsel, CO), Eleven Mile Reservoir (Hartsel, CO). Both reservoirs fish well for big rainbows and cutthroat when the trout look for spawning grounds along the shoreline. Eleven Mile Reservoir fishes best from the end of March into the first two weeks of April, and Spinney at ice-out from the middle of May for about two weeks.

Upper Klamath Lake (Ft. Klamath, OR). Fish near the mouths of the creeks and over springs in the Outer Banks in the Pelican Bay area from the middle of July into the third week of August when the big trout gravitate towards cooler oxygenated water. Try again at the mouth of the Wood River and Williamson River (at adjacent Agency Lake) during the latter two weeks in August.

Wickiup Reservoir (Sun River, OR). Fish early in the season from the fourth Saturday in April through the month of May when big browns move into shallow water near the dam. Many will hold there through the summer. Try again in the Sheep Bridge area during the last two weeks of August when the kokanee come up to spawn.

Migratory Trout Rivers
South Platte between Eleven Mile Reservoir and Spinney Reservoir (Hartsel, CO). The prime time to catch big cutthroats is when they begin their spawning run, from early to mid March.
Williamson River (Chiloquin, OR). The Upper Klamath Lake redband rainbows move into the river from late August into the end of September, triggered by the warming of the lake and spawning urges.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Fall Fishing Colorado!

Fall Fishing Tips...The Rocky Mountains!
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Colorado is a great place to fly fish during any season, but especially fall! School is back in session, summer vacations are over, and the rivers are less crowded. The days are getting shorter, the weather has cooled a bit, the leaves are changing, and the trout are hungry as they fatten up for winter. Fall fly fishing means something different to all Colorado anglers. Some people look forward to the relative solitude. Others look forward to the fantastic dry fly fishing. Some people think of the brilliant koakanee salmon as they make their way upstream to spawn, and still others think of big brown trout chasing streamers.

Whatever you look forward to, fall is a beautiful time of year to be fly fishing and arguably offers some of Colorado's finest fly fishing of the season.Brown trout in the fall can take on amazing color.

Brown trout spawn in the fall, so be careful not to disturb the spawning fish. Before they spawn, they take on some brilliant color that rivals the fall foliage. After they spawn they need to feed constantly to regain their strength and energy before winter. When targeting Colorado trout in the fall, be sure to have a variety of weapons in your fly fishing arsenal. Dry fly enthusiasts can match the hatch with fall BWO's, tricos, midges, and a few caddis flies. Be sure to have some nymphs ready to probe for large trout feeding under the surface.

A small egg pattern with a variety of small nymphs trailed behind can be a deadly fall fly fishing combination. Streamer fishermen get ready! Many aggressive big fish fall prey to streamers every fall as they feed heavily to prepare for winter.

When targeting Colorado trout in the fall, be sure to have a variety of weapons in your fly fishing arsenal. Dry fly enthusiasts can match the hatch with fall BWO's, tricos, midges, and a few caddis flies. Be sure to have some nymphs ready to probe for large trout feeding under the surface. A small egg pattern with a variety of small nymphs trailed behind can be a deadly fall fly fishing combination. Streamer fishermen get ready! Many aggressive big fish fall prey to streamers every fall as they feed heavily to prepare for winter.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Colorado Guides and Fly Shop Listings!

Fly Shop Listings Colorado!
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Anglers All - 303-794-1104, Littleton
Anglers Covey - 719-471-2984, Colorado Springs
Anglers Roost - 970-377-3785, Ft. Collins
ArkAnglers - 719-539-4223, Buena Vista / 719-543-3900, Pueblo
Aspen Trout Guides - 970-379-7963, Aspen
Blue Quill Angler - 303-674-4700, Evergreen
Blue River Anglers - 970-453-9171, Breckenridge
Breckenridge Outfitters - 970-453-4135, Breckenridge
Caddis Company - 970-382-9978, Durango
Charlie's Fly Box - 303-403-8880, ArvadaColorado Angler Fly Shop - 303-232-8298, Lakewood
Crystal Fly Shop - 970-963-5741, Carbondale
Cutthroat Anglers - 970-262-2878, Silverthorne
Denver Angler - 303-403-4512, Centennial
Dragonfly Anglers - 970-349-1228, Crested Butte
Duranglers Flies & Supplies - 888-347-4346, DurangoEagle River Anglers - 970-328-2323, Eagle
Elkhorn Fly Shop - 970-227-4707, Loveland
Estes Angler - 970-586-2110, Estes Park
Fly Fishing Outfitters - 970-476-3474, Avon
Front Range Anglers - 303-494-1375, Boulder
Frying Pan Anglers - 970-927-3441, Basalt
Gore Creek Flyfisherman - 970-476-3296, Vail
Gorsuch Outfitters Fly Fishing - 970-926-0900, Edwards/970-337-0900, Eagle
High Mountain Drifters - 970-641-4243, Gunnison
Kirk's Fly Shop - 970-577-0790, Estes Park
Mountain Angler - 800-453-4669, Breckenridge
The Peak Fly Shop - 719-260-1415, Colorado SpringsPlum Creek Anglers - 303-814-0868, Castle Rock
Roaring Fork Anglers - 970-945-0180, Gleenwood SpringsRoaring Fork Outfitters - 970-945-5800, Gleenwood Springs
Royal Gorge Anglers - 719-269-3474, Canon City
South Platte Anglers - 303-838-8687, Conifer
St. Peters Fly Shop - 970-498-8968, Fort Collins
St. Vrain Angler - 303-651-6061, Longmont
Steamboat Flyfisher - 970-879-6552, Steamboat
Summit Guides - 970-468-8945, Keystone
Taylor Creek Fly Shops - 970-927-4374, Basalt
Telluride Angler - 800-831-6230, Telluride
Trout's Flyfishing - 303-733-1434, Denver
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Dream Stream Fishing For Big Fish!

Big Browns on the Dream Stream
After many said I was crazy for going fishing on the Dream when it was suppose to rain, snow, stay windy and of all things crowded.....I went!

spawning brown trout

What did I encounter, no rain, no snow, few crowds due to the Broncos game, and blue sky weather all day. I think the only downfall of the day was that I went to bed at 12:30 and awoke at 4:30 for a quick trip to South Park .

When I got there I only noticed one vehicle in the parking lot, that was definitely a good sign of things to come. I fished the lower part towards 11 mile Rez, the most people I ran into were 3 others for the 1st half of the day.
dream stream fishing2
The fishing started off a bit slow but than picked up when I was able to get a 21" Cutty to take my sparkle winged RS2, crazy fight that was. After that nothing but dinks rising all over and after a few I grew tired of that and went in search of big fish.

I did notice lot's of Rainbows in spawn mode and plenty of bows paired up so that's always strange to see in the Fall. The wind picked up a bunch and after a few tangles it was time for the streamer rod and a drive over to the upper section. About 6 cars in the middle lot of the upper section so I was ready for a few more people. I fished a few holes caught a few more dinks and noticed some bigger fish in an upper hole. I was all over it! Still slinging my streamers out I got the tug and wham, off to the races. Long story short I was able to net this sweet brown and pure redemption from the Big fish I lost this past Spring. It definitely had been beaten up a bit and I was only able to take a few pics since I didn't want to do more harm. Funny thing is you never have that money shot you always want when there's no one to help take the pictures for you, they never look as big as they really are! A long day of fishing came to a close and I was done for the day after that. Though plenty of fish were stull rising as I walked away I called it a day and headed home on this amazing Fall day in South Park.



Daily Fishing Log & Reports!

Great way to keep up with Fishing Trips!
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My Daily Log Fishing Link

My Daily Fishing Log is a private, password-protected website written by fly fishermen for fly fishermen who keep a journal of their fishing trips and need a more organized way of recording streamside memories and analyzing their success. We believe the key to improving your fishing skills is by recording and analyzing various changing conditions on the river. Our detailed journal, report and analytical features will help you become a better fisherman.

Fly shops and fishing reports for rivers throughout North America. Fly shops that maintain updated fishing reports on their web sites will be included in the list.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Outdoor Fishing and Events Calendar!

Outdoors calendar
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Fly-fishing. Fall Orvis Days: 11 a.m., Bruce Ducker book signing; 1 p.m., Charlie Craven fly-tying and book signing; 2 p.m., West Denver Trout Unlimited presentation on Clear Creek project; 3 p.m., fishing within an hour of Denver. Orvis Cherry Creek, 2701 E. First Ave., 303-355-4554.
• Fly-casting lessons, 9-11 a.m.; Stillwater hatches, 11 a.m.-noon; Spinney Mountain Reservoir strategies, 2-3 p.m. Orvis Englewood, 9615 A E. County Line Road, 303-768-9600.
• Introduction to fly-fishing workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., registration required, 720-385-3600.
Fishing. Fall brown trout, 1 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., 720-385-3600.
Ice-fishing. Using underwater cameras and fish finders, 11 a.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., 720-385-3600.
Hunting. Mounting scopes and bore sighting, 1 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., 720-385-3600.
Fly-fishing. Fall Orvis Days: 11 a.m., beginning casting lesson; 3 p.m., distance casting lesson. Orvis Cherry Creek, 2701 E. First Ave., 303-355-4554.
• Fly-casting lessons, 10 a.m.-noon; Colorado high lakes strategy, noon-1 p.m.; small streams of the Rocky Mountains, 2-3 p.m. Orvis Englewood, 9615 A E. County Line Road, 303-768-9600.
Fishing. Saltwater workshop, 1 p.m. Bass pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., 720-385-3600.
OCT. 15
Fly-fishing. Matt Thomas presentation on fishing the Florida Keys, 6 p.m. High Plains Drifters, Red & Jerry's, 1840 W. Oxford, 303-989-6283.
OCT. 16
Fly-fishing. Jorge Dominguez presentation on fishing the seasons of the Gunnison River, 7 p.m. Colorado Mountain Club, 710 10th St., Golden, 303-279-3080 Ext. 2.
OCT. 18
Fly-fishing. Introduction to fly-fishing workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., registration required, 720-385-3600.
Fishing. Nathan Zelinsky presentation on electronics and jigging spoons, 3 p.m. Sportsman's Warehouse, 8500 W. Crestline Ave., 720-981-2000.
• Fall brown trout, 1 p.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., 720-385-3600.
Ice-fishing. Using underwater cameras and fish finders, 11 a.m. Bass Pro Shops, 7970 E. 49th Ave., 720-385-3600.
OCT. 19
Hunting. Metro Denver Chapter Pheasants Forever pheasant flush, 7:30 a.m. The Bluffs, 76201 E. 96th Ave., Byers; limited to 60 hunters, 303-822-8479.
OCT. 21
Fly-fishing. Pat Dorsey presentation on Fly-Fishing the Blue River, Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 7 p.m. South Metro Denver Realtor building auditorium, 7899 S. Lincoln Court, northeast corner of South Broadway and Mineral Avenue, 720-962-9252.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fall Stillwater Patterns!

Essential Fly Patterns for Fall Stillwater Fishing
with Brian Chan
Photos by Brian Chan and Philip Rowley

The cooling fall air temperatures brings on renewed trout feeding activity in our interior trout lakes. Trout will feed on the few remaining chironomid and mayfly hatches of the season and then rely heavily on non-hatch food items. Fall fishing often means catching fish in very shallow water. Trout feed aggressively in an attempt to put on as much body fat before winter sets in. Let's take a look at 5 key food sources and representative fly patterns that should be in every flyfisher's tackle bag. I have found that the trout's urge to feed at this time of year means one can get away with simple or less imitative fly patterns. It is more important to fish the fly where the trout are and again, it is the shallow water zone that we should be focusing our attention on.

Plastic Chenille: Bead Head Leech
Leeches are an extremely important food source during those last couple of months before freezeup. They are a big food item and no hungry trout will pass one up. Leeches are long lived aquatic worms that can be found living at almost all depths of a lake. It's always wise to fish leeches when you see them free swimming in the water. During the late fall period leeches will congregate in the shallow water zone of the lake. You will see them under logs, rocks and among the submergent vegetation. Predominant leech colours are black, brown, mottled brown and green and mottled black and maroon. I like to use plastic chenille woolly bugger type leech patterns during the fall. Plastic chenille is bright and flashes in the water. A palmered body hackle and marabou tail enhances the fly's motion when retrieved. A metal bead completes the fly by adding more flash and undulating motion. Remember, fall fish are hungry and flashy, noisy flies work.

Chironomid Larvae
Larva Lace: Bloodworm
Many species of chironomids have more than a one year life cycle which means larval stages that must over-winter in the lake. These larvae can reach upwards of 25 mm in length. Predominant larval colours are maroon, red and green. Chironomid larvae are a highly preferred late fall food item of trout. Maroon and red larvae are known as bloodworms. Larval patterns should have distinct ribbing to emphasize the segmented body of these worm-like morsels. I like to use body materials like Super Floss, Larva Lace, acetate floss and appropriately coloured yarns. Try ribbing your patterns with fine silver, copper or gold wires. Chironomid larvae have tiny prolegs at either end of their body, so you may want to use a small tuft of marabou as a tail. Begin fishing larval patterns close to the bottom and gradually work them higher in the water column. The retrieve for chironomid larvae is dead slow, much like the chironomid pupal imitation. Shrimp

Green Plastic Chenille: Shrimp
One should never leave home without shrimp patterns. They are readily available trout food at all times of the year. However, in the late fall they become very important diet items as the name of the game is putting on body fat. Most of the interior lakes of B.C. have abundant shrimp populations. Shrimp live in the shallow shoal areas of a lake in amongst the bottom vegetation. Predominant colours are light olive to dark olive green. Shrimp seldom reach over 30 mm in length. Their bodies are covered with a semi-translucent chitinous exoskeleton that gives them the segmented appearance. Many shrimp patterns utilize a plastic or thin rubber shellback over a body material of seals fur or synthetic dubbing materials. When tying a dubbed body make sure you pick out fibres to form the swimmeret legs that protrude from the underside of the shrimp body. Don't be afraid to fish shrimp patterns tight to the shoreline or edges of cattail or bulrush patches. Hungry fall trout will not hesitate to dine on shrimp in water less than 50 cm deep.

Damselfly Nymph
Green Damselfly: Nymph
Interior rainbow trout certainly have a preference for immature damselfly nymphs. Damselflies can spend up to 3 years in the nymphal stage so it makes sense to have some patterns in your fall box of flies. I have found that trout will often eat very small damsel patterns so I tie them up on #12 and #14 shrimp/pupae hooks for fall use. Look for the damselfly nymphs on shoals that have abundant bottom vegetation and emergent vegetation like bulrush patches. Fish these patterns on floating and intermediate sinking lines from just subsurface to right on the bottom. Each lake will have their own colour variations of damselfly nymphs. Most common colours are all shades of green and brown. Marabou feathers are an excellent material to tie damselfly nymphs. For added fly action try tying some patterns with small metal bead heads. The bead will give the fly more action as it drops through the water and the flash of the bead can be a great strike triggering mechanism. Damselfly nymphs are best fished on floating and slow sinking fly lines. A moderately slow 8 to 15 cm long strip retrieve interspersed with short pauses is effective for imitating these insects.

Water Boatman
Peacock Plastic Chenille: Water Boatman
These air breathing beetles engage in swarming and mating flights during the fall months. Telltale signs of their arrival is the appearance of large raindrops hitting the surface of the lake on bright sunny days. The Boatman are returning to the lake to deposit eggs. Upon hitting the surface of the water they dive down to the lake bottom to deposit eggs. These insects can hit the water anywhere on the lake so anglers must be prepared to fish them mid-lake and in water less than one metre in depth. Boatman envelope their abdomen in a bubble of air before they dive down into the water. This gives them a very silvery appearance which could be a major feeding trigger for trout. Fly tiers should keep this fact in mind when selecting tying materials. Boatman also have an elongated pair of legs that propels them in an oar-like fashion though the water. Try patterns with elongated rubber legs protruding from the sides of the fly. Boatman falls are best imitated with either full sinking lines to imitate the dive down and swim back up in deep water or floating and slow sinking lines for shallow water activity. Keep your retrieves short and erratic and hold on tight to the rod as strikes are often very hard.

Take a look at Phil's Fly Box for some other excellent stillwater patterns.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Southeast Fishing Forums!

Fly Fishing the South, checkout these sights for more Information!

Click here for Link to Southeast Flyfishingforum
Top site for Southern fishing, favorite hot spots, hatches, locations and more!

Ozark Anglers Forum Link
A friend of mine runs this great site and you should definitely see some of the great information he has on here for fishing reports, top fishing locations and top patterns
The Fly Fishing Forum Link
Fly Talk, destinations, top fly tying and more

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New "Field Day TV Show, check it out!

New Outdoor TV Show
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Beginning Sunday, September 28, 2008 a half-hour show featuring celebrity guests and some of the most beautiful recreational real estate in the world will be featured locally on the Mountain West Sports Network. The show will air locally that day at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on basic Comcast channel 411 and Direct TV channel 616. Check local listings.

*The Next Showing is Monday Oct 6th 8am, otherwise check for additional showtimes.

“From our top notch trout fishing to our infinite attractions to explore, New Mexico is no longer a well-kept secret among world-class anglers,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “Mix in history, shopping, unique festivals and a host of cultural activities and you have the makings for an incredible outdoor escape.”

“Field Day TV” is produced by Dan Narsete, outdoor expert, fishing guide and former executive producer and host of the radio show, “The Colorado ESPN Outdoor Show;” and is hosted by Tim Neverett, a veteran of the sports broadcasting business as a studio host and play by play announcer for Fox Sports Network covering the Colorado Rockies, college football and basketball, and most recently, the Olympic Games in Beijing.

In the “Santa Fe episode,” the Governor will be featured fishing in his interview, which took place at Val Kilmer’s Pecos River Ranch. Some of the properties featured in the Santa Fe segment, co-hosted by Jen Hoffman, Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, include La Fonda on the Plaza, Back at the Ranch, La Boca Restaurant, and Legends Santa Fe. The episode featuring the Governor and New Mexico will be broadcast at least 10 times throughout October, with an estimated viewing audience of 17 million households.

“New Mexico’s recreational pursuits are as diverse as its citizens,” said Michael Cerletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, “and fishing has always been one of the most popular pursuits for children of all ages. We appreciate the Governor’s dedication and involvement in helping us promote New Mexico’s great outdoors to such a large television audience.”

For more information visit or contact Jen Hoffman, 505-827-6674 or

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Trout's Fly Shop! Fishing Seminars, Fishing Happy Hours and Discounted Flies!

Checkout Trout's Fly Shop for Fly fishing discussion and Sales!! Denver's Premiere Fly Shop
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Mitch's Knotty Knot Tying Class with Tucker Ladd
Mitch will be on vacation in Oregon chasing stealhead, that jerk, so Tucker will be conducting the clinic. Tucker's presentation will begin at 5pm.
Upcoming Happenings:
TU = Trout Unlimited, SU = Shop Update, HH = Happy Hour, AU = Angling University, GS = Guide Service
AU October 8th thru 29th - Beginner Fly Tying Class with Ethan Emery
This is our first beginner fly tying class of the year. See above for more information, or click here to see a detailed fall/winter schedule.

HH October 9th - Learning to Tie Flies

with Ethan Emery
Ethan, Director and instructor for The Flyfisher Angling University, will be conducting a 2 hour beginner tying presentation. This presentation will cover basic fly tying principles and techniques. This is a great opportunity for those looking to refresh their skill before Winter, or those looking to get into this great past time. Ethan's presentation will begin at 5pm.

AU October 11th - Fly Fishing 102: Learn to Catch a Trout in One Day

with Ethan Emery
A great class for anybody looking to learn more about fly fishing and become a more productive and self reliant angler click here for more AU information

HH October 16th - Tying Fall Streamer's with Jake McKittrick
Jake is a Pro-Staff angler for Scott Fly Rods, Nautilus Reels, Korkers, and Airflo Lines, as well as a pro tyer for Solitude Fly Company. He'll be in the shop tying some of his favorite Colorado Fall streamer patterns.

AU October 25th - Fly Fish 401: Advanced Colorado Nymphing Techniques

with Ethan Emery


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fall Fishing Colorado's Delaney Buttes!

North Park's Delaney Butte, Stillwater Big Trout

It's that time of year again you get that itch, that itch for Big fish, some Lake fishing and preferably no snow up in North Park! Another great annual Fall retreat to Zeke's favorite fishing Hole....Delaney Buttes!

Checkout our trip, awesome Fall shots and fishing pictures HERE


Wow what an amazing Trip!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Discounted Outdoor Gear and Fishing Equipment!

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Georgia River Runner!

Albany's own River Expert Henry Duggan!
ALBANY — Membership in one of the state’s 11 Water Plan Regional Councils shall be a “working appointment,” the chief of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division told participants in a regional water conference Tuesday.
EPD Director Carol Couch detailed the councils’ responsibilities, including forecasting water needs and soliciting public input, at the 14th annual Southwest Georgia Water Resources Task Force Water Summit.

EPD airs water issues and more info listed Here

Ten of the regional councils were prescribed in the Georgia Water Plan approved by the legislature earlier this year. Appointments to the councils, made by the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the House, are due July 16, Couch said.
At the Georgia Biofuels Commercialization Center in Savannah, Vice President Ross Harding has envisioned 35 cellulosic ethanol plants dotting the state of Georgia, much like corn ethanol plants populate the midwest.

“The rub” of the state’s being ideally suited to make fuel from cellulose — wood and plant waste from its 24 million acres of forest land — is that manufacturing fuel from biomass “uses the most water” of energy sources, Harding said.
Saving water means developing new technology, or locating plants near existing industry to re-use wasted energy, he said.
The day’s other speakers spoke at length about precipitation, climate, water use in agriculture and drought.
Microclimatologist Joel Paz detailed marked differences in area irrigation levels during El Nino, La Nina and neutral weather patterns.

The state has emerged from the historic drought levels of 2007, when parts of Northwest and Southwest Georgia had rainfall deficits of 22-34 inches, said Woody Hicks, hydrologist for the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Newton. The state’s greatest deficits this year are from 9-13 inches in parts of north Georgia and 8-12 inches in a portion of Southwest Georgia, Hicks said.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Record Sturgeon Caught on Fraser River!

Thinking of Sturgeon Fishing....Use a Big Rod!
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Here is the story from the Canadian press;

VANCOUVER — It took Rod Toth and the four men he was guiding nearly three hours to wrestle a mammoth, 300-kilogram sturgeon to the shores of B.C.’s Fraser River, and only then did they realize the size of the giant fish they were chasing.

“I really didn’t know until the end, but after about an hour and a half, I said, ‘guys, we’ve got something special on here,”‘ says Toth, 40, who runs Bent Rods Guiding and Fishing Co. in Chilliwack, B.C.

“They can actually pull the boat around the river.”
It was a beautiful day last week for a fishing trip on the Fraser, says Toth, and the four men in the boat were all out-of-towners, three of them tackling the river for the first time.
They baited their first hook of the day with a piece of salmon, and quickly had a bite.
“It actually felt like it hooked up on bottom at first, and then slowly it started to move and off it went,” says Toth.

The men took turns trying to reel up the giant fish, pulling the sturgeon close to the surface only to have it dart back down to the bottom. That went on for two hours, 45 minutes.
“We were all tired,” says Toth. “It’s painstaking with that big a fish. It goes on and on.