Fly Fishing Forecast 12/28 – 1/11

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  “The angling fever is a very real disease and can only be cured by the application of cold water and fresh untainted air.” – Theodore Gordon For some, the concept of winter fly fishing seems a bit crazy. And yet, for those who suffer from angling fever, winter fly fishing is the best therapy. However, nothing will end a winter fly fishing excursion faster than being ill prepared for the conditions. Often, it is the little things that make the outing a success: a thermos full of coffee, a pocket full of hand warmers, a pair of waders that … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 12/14 – 12/28

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  “I salute the gallantry and uncompromising standards of wild trout, and their tastes in landscapes.” – John Madson If it is true that your surroundings shape your thoughts and emotions, then choose to surround yourself with water, snow, mountains, and trout. This is the best cure for seasonal affective disorder, light deprivation, cabin fever, and holiday stress; grab a rod and go fly fishing. As Ishmael, from Moby Dick, declares, “This is [your] substitute for pistol and ball.” Trust the trout’s taste in landscapes. It is high time to get to the river! SILVER CREEK The Nature Conservancy and … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 11/30 – 12/14

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  “Fishing is like that. It keeps you off balance, surprises you. It takes humility to learn, to accept that you may need a lesson or two even in your advanced stage of enlightenment.” – Kevin Nelson The best fly fishermen are confident, but humble. The confidence comes from knowing that if you keep an open mind, keep striving to learn from the environment, the fish, and the other anglers around you, success will come more often than not. This takes humility, comfort with instability, and an acceptance that the most enlightened anglers may not be the most experienced. Fly … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 11/16 – 11/30

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  “There is time to go long, time to go short and time to go fishing.” – Jesse Livermore Fly Fishermen understand anticipation; after all, our sport is predicated by watching and waiting. And as one season slowly turns to another, patience is required. Anticipation is piqued. There is a time for snow, turkey, and family. In the meanwhile, notch out some time to go fishing. The rivers await… SILVER CREEK Winter weather is descending on the Valley; however, even with the colder, winter-like conditions, the Creek will still produced decent Baetis and Midge action. Keep in mind, it will … Read More

Fly Fishing Forecast 11/2 – 11/16

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“For the supreme test of a fisherman is not how many fish he has caught, not even how he has caught them, but what he has caught when he has caught no fish.” – John H. Bradley The best laid plans of rivers and men often go awry; fly fishing is, after all, a sport rife with uncontrollable variables. Sometimes the wind blows the hatch away, or the rain swells the river and turns it brown. Sometimes the tippet breaks when the hook set is too crisp, or the fish looks and rejects what appears to be a perfect presentation. These … Read More