Fly Fishing Services

various fly fishing images


I have written a number of articles over the years for both print and online publication, and I often refer clients to these articles as references on topics and techniques we work on the during a day of fishing. These articles will also give visitors to the site some useful "how to" information on fishing, as well as a feel for my approach to fishing and guiding. You can read each article online or download a PDF for later reference.

  • 1997

    Water Types & Fishing Technique

    The character of the water in a stream is a key to the technique and fly selection required to fish it successfully. Originally a feature in “Big Sky Journal”, this article explains this connection in the context of Montana fishing destinations.

  • 2002

    Western Tailwater Fishing

    This introduction to tailwaters – fisheries supported by flows from manmade dams – discusses the nature of the fishing and innovative fly patterns developed on these streams, as well as related management issues.

  • 2001

    Idaho's Silver Creek

    Silver Creek was the training ground that turned me into a spring creek angler. This profile of the creek covers the local setting and history of the creek, as well as the fishing opportunities and challenges.

  • 2000

    Casting Accuracy, Part l

    These articles on casting accuracy were written for an audience of spring creek and tailwater anglers, but most of the ideas presented apply to all fly fishing situations. Part 1 discusses different types of casting accuracy, some of the fishing situations that demand them, and some of the fishing skills that relate to casting accuracy.

  • 2000

    Casting Accuracy, Part ll

    The second part of this series discusses the casting techniques that produce good accuracy.

  • 1999

    Mending Your Ways

    The first part of this series discusses the reasons for mending, a critical part of line control, and basic rules for using it effectively.

  • 1999

    Mending Technique

    Part 2 of this series covers the specifics of executing various types of line mends.

  • 1999

    Mending: Problems, Solutions, Practice

    Part 3 covers some of the problems anglers encounter when mending, possible solutions, and suggested practice.

  • 1997

    Strike Indicators for Spring Creeks and Tailwaters

    This is an introduction to strike indicators includes a general discussion of indicators and some of the basic concepts involved in using them.

  • 1998

    Strike Indicators: Types and Techniques

    Part 2 in this series covers the different types of indicators and their use in different fishing situations.

  • 1998

    Strike Indicators: Rigging Yarn and and Dry Fly Indicators

    This article discusses the specific rigging techniques for using yarn indicators or a dry fly/nymph tandem system.

  • 2011

    Hooking Angles

    Originally a post on, this short piece argues for the importance of hooking angles as a key part of fishing tactics.