Often times we as anglers get too comfortable chasing our favorite species and put blinders on to everything else that we have not tried. This was exactly my mentality the other day. I got a call from my friend Joel to go and spend the morning fishing. Awesome! Like most conversations we asked each other what we were thinking of doing. I wanted to go back to the trout river I was at a few days ago and explore more...boring and typical. He had a suggestion that I had never done before. Sea run cutthroat in the Puget Sound.
With the fall fishing season getting started it presents a wonderful opportunity to target the biggest fish in the river. This due to many species feeding heavily before winter. Many anglers in the Rocky Mountain region are lucky enough to have some wild trophy brown fishing, that is just turning on now. Perhaps the most fun way to target large aggressive browns is by throwing large 3-5 inch streamers all day long. Needless to say casting that much weight repeatedly can be taxing on the arm.
By: Matt Heron
It’s a common thought that there are three ways in which people learn; visual, auditory and kinesthetic. Meaning some people will learn to cast by seeing the instructor cast, listening to how a fly cast is explained, or actually feeling a rod and making the cast themselves. For most people it’s a combination of all three.
Known for hatching in the spring and fall, Baetis (Blue Winged Olives) are a pleasant surprise that can warm up the winter bite. My home state of Colorado is known for year round angling in addition to 300 days of sun that can produce 60 degree temps in the dead of winter. This is enough to cause mayflies to set sail and offer the welcoming sight of trout sipping sailboats. Having both Midges and Baetis will increase the total number of adults on the surface enticing larger trout to rise.
I’m just back from an outstanding back country trip to Heart Lake in Yellowstone Park. Heart is one of the largest back country lakes in the lower 48 states and is absolutely full of lake trout and cutthroat. The remote lake is about an eight mile hike from where you park the car. We trekked in while we had horses pack in our pontoon boats, tackle, tents and food. This is the best way to do the trip.
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