Pro Tip: Know the Difference Between Dragons and Damsels

Written by: Jason Cotta, Fishing Manager, Orvis Bellevue (WA)


Dragonfly adults are beautiful, but they are not often available to fish because they are such strong fliers.
Photo by Jason Cotta

Summer is finally here, and stillwater fishing is starting to heat up. Rising water temperatures will bring out swarms of damselflies and dragonflies. Trout and bass will feed heavily on these two bugs throughout the spring and summer. Although the two . . .

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Tight Loops Launches Kickstarter for Ambitious Project about Labrador Brook Trout


Aimee Bartee with a beautiful Maine brookie. The fish in Labrador will be even bigger.
Photo by Chase Bartee

Regular readers of this blog know (and probably love) the work of Tight Loops, the husband-wife team of Chase and Aimee Bartee, whose videos have been appearing here for the past three . . .

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Story: The Agony and the Ecstasy


The treefish is easy to hook but notoriously difficult to land.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Anyone who picks up a fly rod learns pretty quickly that frustration is an unavoidable part of the sport. After my older brother, Brian, taught me how to cast in the backyard of his girlfriend's house, I went fishing thirteen times before I finally landed a trout. That's right—thirteen. But I kept at it because there was something about the process of fly fishing that attracted me immensely, ...

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