Top 10 Flies for Winter in Arkansas

Written by: Kati Rouse,  Rouse Fly Fishing


Kati and her husband, Jamie, throwing streamers on a sunny early winter afternoon.
Photo courtesy Rouse Fly Fishing

Here in the Ozarks, our winters are pretty mild. Unless we are in the middle of a cold snap, our lows stay around freezing and our highs are in the upper forties, and sometimes warmer. Luckily, all of our big fisheries are . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Winter in the Northeast

Written by: Joe Demalderis, Cross Current Guide Service and Outfitters


Capt. Joe Demalderis (left) and his fellow guides offer ten patterns for winter on their home waters.
Photo via Facebook

Winter in the northeast and on the waters I call home, the Upper Delaware System, can vary greatly in conditions. Where you can legally fish is also a consideration, with many waters closed to fishing to protect spawning trout, so always be certain to . . .

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Top 10 (and more!) Flies for Fall on the Upper Delaware


Capt. Joe Demalderis (left) has trouble deciding on just ten patterns for fall on his home waters.
Photo via Facebook

On the Upper Delaware system, fall is a bittersweet time of year for me. Bitter in so far as the season is coming to an all too quick close; sweet because the river lights up again like a final hurrah and . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Fall in Missoula, Montana

Written by: John Herzer,  Blackfoot River Outfitters


John Herzer celebrates a nice fall trout with a client.
Photo courtesy John Herzer

The rivers around Missoula, Montana--Rock Creek, the Big Blackfoot, the Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork--are already showing signs of the changing seasons. Shorter, cooler days are keeping . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Fall on the Upper North Platte

Written by: Trey Mullen,  Brush Creek Ranch

Fall in Southern Wyoming is always a special time of the year. The dog days of summer are finally behind us, air and water temperatures have dramatically decreased since August, and fishing on . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Western Canada and the Rockies

Written by: Dave Brown, Dave Brown Outfitters


The big browns of Alberta love a bushy dry fly drifted along the bank.
Photo by Dave Brown

Once our guide season rolls around, we tend to cover a lot of rivers in both Alberta and British Columbia. The character of these streams varies from fast-moving alpine freestones, such. . .

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Top 10 Midge Patterns for Tailwaters

Written by: Bryen Venema, Bighorn Angler


Orvis Charlotte Store Manager Mary Griffin caught this 22-inch South Holsten brown on a tiny midge imitation.
Photo by Trey Oliver

Whether you are fishing the Bighorn, the Missouri, or a tailwater elsewhere in the country, midges are among the most important hatches. These tiny patterns have proven themselves as. . .

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Top 10 Winter Flies for Colorado Rivers

Written by: Mike Lanzarini, Breckenridge Outfitters


Breckinridge Outfitters guide Mike Workman shows off a fine winter rainbow.
Photo courtesy Breckinridge Outfitters

As soon as the snow starts falling in the high country in Colorado, most anglers stow their rods and hang up their waders in exchange for their skis and warmer clothing. I can’t say I’m not. . .

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Classic Tuesday Tips: Top 10 Flies for Winter Trout in Montana

Written by: Josh Duchateau, Firehole Ranch


Guide Josh Duchateau knows the value of getting out on the water in winter.
Photo courtesy Josh Duchateau

The mercury is getting more and more difficult to find in my thermometer. Most Montanans are trading their fly rods in for skis, but for the reluctant ones there are enough days with temps. . .

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