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5 Ways Satellite Imagery Helps You Find More Fish

Since the creation of satellite imagery, anglers have been using it to find new waters, and to get a better understanding of the ones they're already familiar with. However, there is more to it than simply looking at an overhead view of the water. You can learn a lot about a fishery from an aerial [...]

Enter the #FaiIOnTheFly Contest and Win

Fly fishing and failures go hand-in-hand, and we want to see some of your best. Enter the #FaiIOnTheFly Contest and win one of several gift cards, a fly rod, fly lines, and more. Share your greatest fishing fails on the gram to be entered for your chance to win an awesome prize package including a [...]

Fly Fishing After Dark: Big Fish Come Out at Night

We've seen the photos of Joe Humphreys holding monstrous trout at night. When fish grow large, they generally become nocturnal. So the key to targeting the biggest fish in your water is to hit them after the sun sets and the crowds are gone. Here are some tips for fly fishing after dark to target [...]

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 hot summer conditions across the West become the norm, it is important to be aware of the effects of water temperature on [...]

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 [...]

Seven fly patterns for spring trout fishing

Fly selection for spring trout fishing is essential to angling success – without the correct fly you’re not imitating the available food source. In no particular order, here are six favorite patterns – well, technically seven due to a tie – for the next several weeks on any local trout water. Carry these fly patterns [...]

onWater launches their industry-leading fishing app

onWater Fly Fishing, an Outdoor Recreation technology provider, announces the launch of the onWater App for anglers and the fly fishing community. This new app and platform is now available with iOS and Android for mobile devices and tablets, and for desktop via onwaterapp.com. This innovative platform delivers highly detailed, GPS-enabled angling maps along with [...]

Snowpack sees slight improvement in some areas, drop in others

A moderately strong storm system moved through the northern Rockies last week, giving a slight bump to the region's snowpack. For anglers living in southcentral Montana, northern Wyoming, and along Colorado's front range the 7-day change in snowpack was positive. Even with the recent storm, snowpack across the US West is lagging compared to long-term [...]

Western US Snowpack: Hanging in There

What a difference a month makes in our Western US snowpack map! Although current snowpack across the West isn't bad, it isn't great either. Akin to getting a participation ribbon instead of a first place ribbon, the snowpack across the West has "lots of opportunities for growth." So, keep hanging in there for the good [...]

Western US Snowpack: Looking Good

Much of the Western US experienced record breaking winter storms over the past few weeks. The precipitation, much of it falling as mountain snow, provided a big boost for the snowpack report from California to Colorado to Montana. Even as our team fishes in winter, we pay close attention to snowpack. Here is our January [...]

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