Casting Tip: Water Load & Cast to the Bank

This summer I spent quite a few days on the Yellowstone River in Montana rowing my Fishcraft raft and helping my family to learn the technique of casting streamers and dry flies to the bank, looking for the brown trout or the occasional rainbow that hang right next to shore, tight to the bank hoping to get a grab on …

The Double Spey Cast – Spey Casting 101

The “Double Spey” is a two directional cast. One in which the fly will anchor on the downstream side of the caster. Therefore this cast provides a level of safety when you encounter an downstream wind. This will prevent you from wearing an “Streamer” as an earring. This is one of the easier spey cast to master. It can be done at …

The Switch Cast – Spey Casting 101

The “Switch Cast” is also referred to as the “Forward Spey Cast” is is like an energized Roll Cast. Unlike the Roll Cast, the line never stops moving and is in constant tension. Like a Roll Cast, a “D” loop of line forms behind the rod tip, and the forward loop rolls out above the surface of the water. This …

Fly Casting Tip: Hit the Wall

Hit the Wall This one’s for me, being a carpenter for most of my life. Think about a hammer and a nail when loading and unloading your rod. Imagine yourself between two walls, with nails on both. Using a two headed hammer, pretend to smack the nails, first on the back cast, and again when the hand comes forward. Each …

Fly Casting Tip: Don’t Get Cocky

Don’t get Cocky Your Wrist is what we’re talking about! If you’re casting and you hear the noise of your line slapping the water behind you, it is often because your wrist is cocking too far back. As it relates to fly casting, the wrist versus arm equation is a difficult balance to master, let alone explain. Remember the arm …

Swinging Flies with a Trout Rod

When trout fishing, the environment is an ever-changing world and versatility in fishing methods is advantageous to the success of an angler.

What the Heck are Salmon Redds, Anyway?

I think it’s probably a good idea to attempt to clear up what are redds and what is really going on in our rivers with the salmon, steelhead and trout. What should we be looking out for and what should we be aware of? Let’s talk about what we should be looking out for and how best to approach the …

Fishing Edges

Here in Northern California, usually in January and February, is when we get the bulk of our rain.