The greenish/gray back, spotted body, bright red gill plates, and the bright red stripe extending the length of the fishes body are where the rainbow trout gets it name, but this fishes popularity is about much more than this fishes beautiful coloration.

Rainbow trout are known as a cold water fish that thrives in the waterways of the western United Sates, but this fishes reach extends far beyond the geographical area for which it is the most well known.

Although it might be hard for non trout fishermen to imagine, the popularity of rainbow trout among anglers has placed it amongthe top five sport fishes in North America.

As far as the United Sates is concerned, rainbow trout can be found from Alaska, all the way to Mexico as well as throughout the mid Atlantic and Great Lakes region, some parts of North and South Carolina, and northern Georgia and Alabama.

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An efficient, tight line fly fishing technique utilizing rod, fixed line, and single fly developed on the mountain streams of Japan.

It’s 66 degrees in the mist covered mountains of a far away land of ancient traditions and mystery. A lone man wades upstream in crystal clear high mountain water with tenkara rod in hand.What is traditional Tenkara?

A lone man wades upstream in crystal clear high mountain water with tenkara rod in hand. He methodically scans the stream, moving with expert stealth, stalking his elusive goal.

There it is, a small eddy of water below a beach ball sized boulder in the center of the fast moving stream. He crouches low, kneeling in the cool water, and casts his fly with the precision of a modern sniper.

BAM! The strike is hard and fast as the trout devours the fly. Success at last.


Currently there are over 700,000 Chinook that have passed Bonneville Dam and the run is expected to hit 800,000.

Steelhead on the other hand is below the 10 year goal with only a total 200,000 across Bonneville Dam with about 100,000 across The Dalles.

On one hand this is a success story for the Fall Chinook, granted the low number over the last 10 years but at what expense.

The Deschutes River is known for its superior steelhead summer steelhead run.

“With the development of hydroelectric projects, habitat degradation, interaction with hatchery fish and fisheries, these changes have caused declines in the wild portion of many salmonid populations (including steelhead) within the basin (national research council).

The decline in steelhead populations has led the National Marine Fisheries to list several steelhead on the Columbia and Snake as threatened or endangered according to the article “the migratory timing of Adult Summer-Run steelhead in the Columbia River over six Decades of Environmental Change.


The real reason for this post was that now that I’m salty, or at least brackish, in my fly fishing pursuits, I figure I need to put some thought into tying saltwater flies.  I can tie a Clouser minnow, but that’s about it.

Not a new revelation, but always good for a 2nd grade giggle…as explained by Dr. Ed Southwick in the video below…You know, being from Philly, I almost titled this “Crab Fries”…but I was reluctant to because then I’d just start obsessing about Chickie’s & Pete’s.

My tying materials are definitely geared toward tiny little trout flies, so I’m kinda lost right now.

I was paging through the September/October issue of American Angler (you know, the same issue TFM’s Cam Mortenson is in…), and I read a great article about Captain Gary Taylor, one of the world’s top redfish fly fishing guides.

He suggests a couple of “go-to” flies in the article, and while I’m not going to give them all away here, one of them is a Merkin fly, or a crab imitation named after a pubic wig.

So does anyone else out there tie crab flies?


Bonefishing from the bow of a flats boat

Bonefishing from the bow of a flats boat

The first time I heard about bonefishing I pictured a wishbone, underwater on the end of a fishing line. DD

Today we’re doing the same for our favorite sport on the flats in the Bahamas – bonefishing!

This post is meant for people who are new to bonefishing – if you’re already an expert you’re better off poking around here.

Why is it called ‘bonefishing’?  Are you using some kind of bone?

So if you’re fly fishing for bonefish, does that mean bonefish eat bugs?

I’ve heard bonefishing is really hard. Is it?

How far do you have to cast?

Everybody talks about catching bonefish in creeks and ponds – do they live in fresh water?

Do you catch bonefish wading or do you fish from a boat?

What’s the long pole for?  What’s the platform over the motor for?

What does ‘tailing’ mean?

What kind of rod do you use?

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