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Trout are Ready for a Terrestrial Insect Feast - Are You?

Warm summer days charge up solar-powered terrestrial insects and put them on the trouts' menu!


With the long summer days and the rise of the mercury in the thermometer, so heats up the summer terrestrial bite! All invertebrates (aka bugs) are cold-blooded, and when the weather is cool or overcast, they don't want to move. It is in the months of June through September that the consistently warm temperatures really get terrestrial insects like ants, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, and cicadas moving. Whether overeager, clumsy or drifted into the water by a gust of wind, terrestrial insects make up a good part of the summer and early fall diet of trout across the US. While grasshoppers, crickets, and cicadas can dominate the terrestrial bits at lower elevations, ants and beetles will consistently produce fish from the highest mountain lake to the lowest drainages in the Appalachian mountains throughout this time period.

These high floating, calorie-rich foods should not be overlooked and deserve a place of honor among your most trusted summer dry fly patterns!

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Learn what it takes to be a Great Fishing Guide

We've all done it, it's been a long work week, the boss has been breathing down our necks and we start to daydream about leaving the rat race and becoming a fly fishing guide.This week I connected with one of the best fresh & saltwater guides in the business, Danny Frank, owner of Denver-based Colorado [...]

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The Unsung Heros of Spring Hatches - The Dark Hendrickson & Sulphur Mayflies

Dark Hendrickson - Ephemerella subvaria (Photo Credit Troutnut.com)Depending on where you are fishing, the hatches may be known as the Sulphur Dun, Light Hendrickson, Pale Evening Dun, Great Eastern Sulphur, Red Quil, Dark Hendrickson, Yellow May, Light Cahill, or Yellow Dun. Regardless of what you call them, the fact remains that the hatches of [...]

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Fish a Purple Fly in Memory of Prince!

It takes a confident man to rock as much purple as the artist Prince did before his passing on April 21, 2016. The man exuded an animal magnetism that drove women crazy the same way that trout lose their fishy minds when a purple fly drifts their way!The foundation to matching the hatch is [...]

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Like a Biblical Plague, the Blue Winged Olives are Here!

While there are a number of hatches starting to dimple the surfaces of rivers across the United States, none are more important or eagerly greeted by trout as the Blue Winged Olive Mayfly (BWO) hatch! Found in 48 of the 50 US states and all of Canada, the BWO hatch is as regular as [...]

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The Advantages of Fly Fishing with Fluorocarbon

Not all tippet and leader are created equal. Monofilament or nylon line has been around since the 1950s and while relatively inexpensive and excellent for fishing dry flies, it has some major disadvantages when fishing wet flies or targeting skittish fish. The answer to these problems came in the mid-’70s with the invention [...]

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Tactics for Fly Fishing During Runoff

April Showers bring May flowers, but they also can make spring fly fishing a serious challenge! Much of the Western United States received an exceptional amount of snow this past winter, exceeding 150% of the average in many basins, and the rivers are already starting to swell with what is certain to be a [...]

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Get Ready for "The Martian Invasion" with Ascent Fly Fishing!

Photo Credit for Glow in the Dark Images: Curtis DurhamTrout need to see your flies if they are going to eat them. This can be a challenge with traditional fly patterns when the sun starts to sink but the bite remains hot and trout look to continue to feed throughout the night. The Martian [...]

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Dialing in the Blue Winged Olive Dun

      The Blue Winged Olive is the most prolific of mayflies found in North America and is a staple food on rivers in 48 of the 50 states. While the spring hatch of Blue Winged Olives or BWOs varies in hook size from a size 18-22, what they lack in size they more [...]

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How to Rig & Fish Bead Eggs

Since time out of mind in rivers around the globe, trout have spawned, laying their eggs in ancient gravels, only to have their efforts and familial dreams devoured by other fish. In the constantly moving world of trout, where currents continually push and pull and food actively seeks to evade capture, the opportunity to eat [...]

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