Trout spey has been growing increasingly popular of late, and for good reason, its super fun! We do a lot of it at our Rapids Camp and Alaska West operations, and fish with more and more anglers each year who are interested in sticking trout on two handers. However, over the last five or so […]
Fishing stories often center on friends and camaraderie. However, some of the best fishing days can be found when out on the water alone, writes Domenick Swentosky. “Alone, I am my own angler. I fish the way I was designed … more ?
Kimi Werner is an inspiring figure in the outdoor world for a multitude of reasons. Her dedication to sustainability in and out of the water, her openness in her experiences as an athlete, her professionalism in the space, and her supreme...Show More Summary
Flip Pallot is arguably one of the most famous and influential anglers in saltwater fly fishing history. But in a recent profile piece, T. Edward Nickens highlights Pallot in a place we’d not expect: hunting turkeys. Read about the “Wild … more ?
In the first episode of the Tie Like a Pro web series, Gunnar Brammer explains the basics of tying and thread control. “Topics include proper hook placement, casting on, thread base, thread tension, spinning threads, pinch/set/and lock wraps, and different … more ?
If we’ve learned one thing over the years of stomping around our flats at Andros South, it’s that bonefish on South Andros aren’t leader shy. In fact, we’d go out on a limb to say that bonefish in our neck of the woods hardly, if ever, refuse a fly because of tippet size. Fly selection? […]
Just substitute Cali for Caulker and now you have that in your head. Just booked flights for get back to Caye Caulker for another Dad/Daughter Spring Break. Last year was a really great trip and an important one for my daughter and I and I’m hoping this next year is more of the same. Here’s […]
This film from A.J. Gottschalk features the fabled Northeastern fishery that is Montauk.
Dave Karczynski’s new book centers on helping spinning and baitcast gear anglers make the switch to fly fishing. His writing works “through the gear angler’s existing skill and knowledge base to translate and transfer their pre-existing knowledge bases and skill-sets, … more ?
Last week we kicked off our master class on advanced bead fishing for rainbow trout with a great post on matching the egg-hatch courtesy of Rapids Camp Lodge guide, Alaska West alum, and certified bead ninja, Rob Rymph. Today, Rob is back with some great advice for choosing the appropriate hook size for the bead […]
I'm going to be fishing the Ironman fruit jar tournament On Mission Lakes put on my Bass Snatcher Jim "Smitty" Smith. I assume it is a 5 fish limit. It's supposed to be stormy and windy. Could turn the fish on at Mission.The rods I'm...Show More Summary
In the final episode of the first season of RIO’s “How To” series, Simon Gawesworth “explains how to choose the right sized Trout Spey rod based on fish size, compares a Trout Spey rod to a regular single handed rod, … more ?
The Our Two Hands film tour features a documentary about “the past and future of wild fish in the Pacific Northwest.” The film is produced by Asher Koles and Brandon Tillotson of Bloodnots Creative. Stops on the tour include Boise, ...
We love mono running lines on our spey and switch rods. However, regardless of your casting ability, or even the type of running line you prefer, some amount of line twist is inevitable. Unlike traditional over head fly casting, the rotational nature of spey casting across multiple planes can cause a great deal of twist, […]
When you’re out on the flats looking for bonefish, there are a few ‘stages’ that you go through, ranging from locating the fish to really reading how the fish is behaving. In today’s post we’re going to outline these stages – hopefully you’ll find something helpful in here! These stages apply to your overall career […]
Salmon eggs make up a huge portion of the diet for our Alaskan rainbow trout, which is why bead fishing is arguably one of the most effective means of targeting trout with a fly rod in our neck of the woods. However, contrary to popular belief, fishing beads for trout can be extremely technical, going […]
When it comes to improving your cast, there’s no substitute for practice. Lots of practice. However, without a second set of eyes, it can be difficult to gain an honest image of your own cast on which to improve upon, making ‘practice’ wildly inefficient, often leading to more frustration than improvement. For this reason, we […]
We love fly fishing for barracuda, and while we might be fortunate to be located right in the middle of one of the best bonefish fisheries on the planet, we still spend a lot of time targeting them.. Contrary to popular belief, long, flashy, needlefish imitations aren’t the only fly worth tossing at ‘cuda. In […]
I’m going back to NOLA, because, of course I am. This time it is a conference (anyone else going to Kidney Week???) and I have a day at the end of things to get on the water. Last year I got out there in December and managed a half day with guide Ron Ratliff, who […]
Daniel Schwartz writes about the famous waters of the Catskill Mountains, from fishing the Beaverkill and the Willowemoc to visiting the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Read more about “The Simple Pleasures of New York Fly Fishing” via Fathom. Syzygy … more ?