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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The second part of this series discusses the casting techniques that produce good accuracy.
The first part of this series discusses the reasons for mending, a critical part of line control, and basic rules for using it effectively.
Part 2 of this series covers the specifics of executing various types of line mends.
Part 3 covers some of the problems anglers encounter when mending, possible solutions, and suggested practice.
This is an introduction to strike indicators includes a general discussion of indicators and some of the basic concepts involved in using them.
Part 2 in this series covers the different types of indicators and their use in different fishing situations.
Part 3 discusses the specific rigging techniques for using yarn indicators or a dry fly/nymph tandem system.
This short piece argues for the importance of hooking angles as a key part of fishing tactics.