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One’s Home Waters are a place of comfort. Studied over long days on the water, we learn the intricacies of each drift and come to know the specific fish that live in each pool and riffle. Late each summer my feet start to itch. No, this is not because I need to wash my waders, but the draw of new waters, untapped and unpressured by the growing number of anglers making my home waters their own, and the possibility of trophy trout just waiting to take the fly on the end of my line. For those who share my wanderlust, here are a few fly fishing gems worth adding to your fly fishing bucket list!
The Crooked River - Oregon
Nestled in the shadows of towering redstone pinnacles, the Crooked River is a high desert fly gem that is definitely worth the detour to fish! A tributary to the better-known Deschutes River, the Crooked is home to the fabled Red-side rainbow which is renowned for its fight and brilliant crimson sides. Anglers can access almost all of the 125 mile length of the Crooked as rivers in Oregon are accessible to all as long as you walk and wade below the high water mark. Next time you’re in Central Oregon, grab a growler of beer from Mcmenamin’s Tavern, load up on 3x leader, and expect a day for the books when fishing the Crooked!
The Driftless Region - Minnesota
Spared from the grinding force of the glaciers as they receded with the last ice age, the rolling hills and limestone streams of the Minnesota Driftless Region offer both beauty and challenge to the Midwest Fly Fisher. The spring-fed streams of this region are rich with scud, caddis, and mayflies giving the angler ample opportunity to cast big bugs to healthy brown trout! Located just 3 hours from Minneapolis or 5 hours from Chicago, the Minnesota Driftless is an excellent place to escape for the weekend and catch some great fish!
The Wind River Reservation - Wyoming
As far as I’m concerned, the crowds are welcome to flood to the North Platte River and fight the prairie winds of Eastern Wyoming! When I want solitude, untapped fisheries, and enough 20+ inch trout to make my arm cramp by the end of the day, I go to the Wind River Reservation. The 3,500 square mile reservation is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes as well as one of the healthiest and least pressured populations of trophy brown, brook, and rainbow trout in the Rockies! Whether you are fishing the main stem of the Wind River or one of its many tributaries, large trout will seemingly rise to almost any dry fly you tie on in the summer! Wyoming residents can get a tribal fishing permit for $55 while non-residents can purchase them for $80 a week. If you want a taste of fishing like it was back in the Good ol’ Days add the Wind River Reservation to your bucket list!
Photo Credit: Mark JessopThe summer is here, the camping gear is in the car, there are burgers on the grill, and the call of the river is strong! Some of the best and most exciting fishing of the year can be experienced in the dry fly-rich days of summer, but the warmer weather can [...]
The world of trout is ruled and regulated by cycles. Each Spring, the Rainbow, and Cutthroat Trout spawn, followed by the Brown and Brook Trout in the Fall. The fish in the river migrate from deep pools to flooded river banks to fast flowing riffles and back again to account for the rise [...]
You work hard, you diversify your assets, and you balance the potential risks and rewards with an eye to the future. Regardless of our previous vocations, we share common goals in retirement; a secure future and time to enjoy the bounty brought about by forethought and investment. It is with a similar eye [...]
We take pictures of the fish we catch because we want to share the moment with our family and brag to our fishing buddies. Instagram and Facebook, however, are regrettably full of photos of exhausted fish hauled limply onto the shore or held in the vise-like grip of grinning, oblivious anglers. The tragedy of [...]
A rosy cheeked rainbow caught by Nate K.The grainy footage was captured on our family’s shoulder-mounted Panasonic Camcorder, technology so old that its probably come back into style with the kids wearing tight jeans and ironic mustaches. Hopping next to a pond on that Smoky Mountain morning, a towheaded kid fills the frame as [...]
The question was first voiced several hundred years ago when the grandfather of fly fishing pulled the first roughly-tied fly from the jaws of his primitive vice and mused, “Now what is this fly supposed to imitate and when should I fish it?” Echoing across the centuries, this same question can still be heard [...]
It was a beautiful day on the lake. The kids were splashing happily in the shallows while dad lazily cast a dry fly from the dock with a cold beer close at hand. Little did they know that there was a menace lurking just beneath the surface of the water. Beady little eyes [...]
Join Ascent Fly Fishing, Denver Outfitters, & Crazy Mountain Brewing in for our October Pop-up Fly Shop!
We are excited to announce that Ascent Fly Fishing will be partnering with Denver Outfitters and Crazy Mountain Brewing in October for our Monthly Pop-up Fly Shop! Makers of the Fly Fishing Rod Vault (formerly Titan Rod Vaults), car top popup camper, and now a whole line of cool fly fishing apparel and hats, Denver [...]
Photo by Mark Jessop of Troutfin Studio“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of 100 battles…” Sun Tzu, The Art of WarWhat is fly fishing if not a childlike game of war? We maneuver and position, count off our successful campaigns in [...]