Speying the Hatch

The need to “match the hatch” was a facet of trout fishing with flies that intrigued me the most as a young angler and still abides as a source of entertaining and satisfying challenges. It’s an aspect of our game that separates steelhead and salmon fishing from trouting. Trout are actively feeding (more or less), a habit that adds quite a bit of nuance to our angle of pursuit, including presentations outside the classic step and swing salmon/steelhead approach.

Cold Water Strategies

As the colder side of fall begins to settle in, occasionally an acquaintance or distant family member aware of my “fascination” with fishing will ask, “Is your fishing over for the year?” When I answer, “Nope, it’s just getting started,” I get that look of confusion. It’s an expression that seem… Become a member of […]

Big Rods, Wee Flies

As Trout Spey continues to grow in popularity we encounter information outlining the applications of two-handed rods designed for trouting. This info is fairly sound, except too often we are told the lighter weight Trout Spey rods are most suitable for presenting wee soft-hackle flies, while the he… Become a member of Swing the Fly […]

The Leisenring Lift

Leisenring’s simple, deceptively subtle technique is truly killing and worthwhile to practice, either over visibly feeding trout, or targeting a particularly sweet spot of water when fishing blind. And the fly need not rise all the way from the bottom. If trout are visibly feeding on emergers near the surface, the fly rising only a few inches will do the trick. And the Leisenring Lift isn’t limited to practice with wee flies alone, it also works to activate larger wetflies and streamers as well.