Trout and Water Temperature: To Fish or Not to Fish

IMPORTANT: Many rivers and streams across the country are experiencing temporary closures as a result of high temperatures. Please inquire locally at a fly shop or at your state's online regulation resource.  As summer conditions across the West are the norm, it is important to be aware of the affect of water temperature on trout. [...]

Understanding streamflows and CFS charts: Go with the flow

10,000, 825, 250. Can you guess why these numbers matter? Understanding streamflows and CFS charts allow you to go with the flow and have an enjoyable fly fishing trip. Need a hint? These are streamflow volumes from CFS charts for three well-known trout streams across the country. CFS, aka Cubic Feet Per Second, is as [...]

Summer is a Good Season for Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing

Smallmouth bass—aka smallies, bronzebacks, brownies, and brown bass—are gaining traction as a favorite of fly fishers. If you have never caught a smallie on a fly, now is the time for summer fly fishing for smallmouth bass. As water temperatures rise in many trout rivers, it is nice to know other options may exist.  Fishing [...]

Media and Influencers Gather at Inaugural Confluence

We recently hosted the first-ever Confluence. At the event, media and influencers gathered to discuss fly fishing challenges and opportunities. The event was co-hosted by the Madison Valley Ranch (2021 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year) in Ennis, Montana and featured a diverse cross-section of media and influencers who met to discuss technology and the [...]

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