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Fly Fishing 101

Whats in my pack? Trout Essentials

It's always interesting to see the items that other anglers deem a necessity on the river. In this video, I will be walking you through what those essentials are for me. Everything from a fake beer can to a pinch pouch this is everything that I make sure I carry on me for a day of trout fishing on any river at any time of the year. Personally I am a huge fan of hip packs as they allow for a full range of motion from my torso. In this Umpqua Ledges 650 I manage to have 2 packs of weights, 2 different flotants, spare hooks, 5 fly boxes, a pouch full of strike indicators, 9 spools of tippet material, hemostats, and a fake beer can. Bet you can't guess what that last one is for.

How to Cast a Fly Rod

We've all been there at one point. How do I cast a fly rod? Well the answer is more simple than you may think. You don't need to perfect the shadow cast you saw in A River Runs Through It to catch fish. In this video, I will show you how to water load cast as well as roll cast your fly rod. With those two casts alone, you'll be catching fish in no time. From there you can master the ways of throwing laser tight loops in the comfort of your front yard. 

Different Strike Indicators

You COULD go through the process that I did when I got into fly fishing. Trying different sorts of strike indicators, seeing which ones work and which ones don't. OR you could watch this video where I go over each of the common strike indicators and their design so you can make an informed decision next time you're at the fly shop.  Remember not all strike indicators are created equal. Some won't accurately show you a strike and some will end up in the bushes. 

Streamer Season Gear Must Haves

Streamer season is literally right around the corner. If you've never streamer fished, this is the video for you. In this video, I go over exactly what you need in order to be successful this streamer season. Paired with our recent blog on how to fish streamers, the dream of catching trophy brown trout this year is just a matter of getting out on the water. We even have the perfect collection of streamers to jump start your streamer box if you are starting from ground zero.

How To Rig Your Flies

When getting started in any new hobby or sport, there are basics that everyone needs to know. In this week's video, we go over how to rig your flies in the 3 most common setups. This isn't an end all be all comprehensive list, in fact I plan to revisit this video to talk about some of my favorite alternatives. This is just a guide to get new anglers exploring the different possibilities on how to set up their flies and hit the water with the confidence they need to catch fish. |In this video, I cover a traditional nymph rig, the dry dropper rig and things to look out for when fishing just a dry fly. With these three different styles of rigs, you can begin to explore what style works best for you and start tweaking your technique to produce the results you're looking for. 

Choosing your first fly rod

Have you walked into a fly shop and been overwhelmed at all the different options in fly rods they have available? Or perhaps you life so far away from your "local" fly shop that making a trip down there is an all day excursion. Well I'm going to help you with that. In this video, I am going to cover what you need to know about choosing your first fly rod. Going over 3 common weight categories most fresh water anglers will own at some point in their fly fishing career, I talk about the basics of the capabilities of each rod and what fishing styles those rods provide. Although this video isn't an end all be all video for the buying process, I feel as though its a good starting point in helping you make the decision of which fly rod to begin with.