How to Fly Fish with Streamers and Floating Line

How to Fly Fish with Streamers and Floating Line

I’ve relayed this story fairly often, but it bears repeating. I grew up in a family where I didn’t know that nymphs or streamers existed. We attended the High Church of Dry Fly Fishing, and as far as I knew, that was the only real kind of fishing to do. Worm-dunking,...
Is Fly Fishing Hard to Learn?

Is Fly Fishing Hard to Learn?

I recently got married, and when my wife introduces me to her friends or family whom I haven’t yet met, she always tells folks that I’m a fly fisherman. Inevitably, people ask if it’s hard to learn, because they see the long rods, piles of line, and graceful, arcing...
How to Set the Hook When Fly Fishing

How to Set the Hook When Fly Fishing

A few years back, I was on the Utah section of the Green River with my friend Ryan Kelly. Ryan’s one of the best fishermen I know, and he was busy trying to teach me how to throw streamers while also rowing the drift boat. I hadn’t fished streamers much at all in my...
How to Reel in a Fish with a Fly Rod

How to Reel in a Fish with a Fly Rod

Earlier this summer, I was guiding two guys on a pretty stretch of river that’s known for having a lot of fish – albeit not terribly large ones – and incredibly easy to access. It was July, early in the morning, but still hot enough that the cool spring water felt...