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 [...]

The top five smallmouth bass rivers we love

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 would be a good time to chase smallmouth bass with a fly rod.  During late spring and summer on many favorite smallmouth rivers across the US, conditions can [...]

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 [...]

Fly Fishing Resolutions for the New Year

Here is the onWater 2022 Fly Fishing Resolution List for the New Year! We left out the most obvious one – to fish more – as few of us fish as much as we’d like. Even though it is winter, there are still plenty of great fishing opportunities out there.  Introduce the sport of fly [...]

The Tug is the Drug: Up Your Streamer Game

“The tug is the drug.” “Streamer addict.” “Streamer junkie.” “Strip it and rip it.” Sounding more like lines spoken by pro fishermen on the bass circuit, the list of catchy euphemisms streamer anglers use is lengthy. Fortunately, late fall is when streamer anglers are less trivial and more mainstream. And this fall they should bear [...]

Six Proven Patterns for Fall Fishing

Fall is finally here—many of the leaves on our Western rivers are changing, stream flows are low and water temperatures are cold, and it is time for us to wear fleece and wool. After a long summer of hot and dry conditions, the onset of fall means opportunities for your next fly fishing outing is [...]

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