Skills

The Nymph Alternative

  • By: Chad Mason
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MARCH 2010 ISSUE BONUS: When dry flies just aren't connecting on winter rivers, it's time to turn to Plan B for trout: Nymph rigs.

Winter Dry Leaders

  • By: Chad Mason
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MARCH 2010 ISSUE BONUS: From "Dries When the Snow Flies": A system for delivering the goods when making surface presentations in Winter.

More on Digital Directions

  • By: Buzz Bryson
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SKILLS SECTION: A continuation of the March 2010 "Ask FR&R" column by Buzz Bryson. Even more great insights into digital cameras and the facts you need to know.

Nymphing Simplified

  • By: David Hughes
  • Photography by: David Hughes
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In water as boisterous as this, you’ll need weighted nymphs and a substantial indicator. If you start fishing with a couple of small split-shot on your leader, you can add another if you’re not catching either trout or the bottom, and subtract one if you snag and fail to get a drift.

Low and Slow for Winter Trout

  • By: Kelly Galloup
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During winter’s low-light period, fish need to conserve energy or at least use their energy in an efficient and sparing way. In doing so, winter fish often move deeper or at least lower in the water column, much like a trout would during summer to avoid high water temperatures near the surface.

Practical and Useful

  • By: Dave Hughes
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Pro Tying

  • Photography by: Emily Lilienthal
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This innovative and small crawdad is a bass-sticker in Arizona and beyond.

Guide Flies

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Forget what Bogart said. Crush trout this spring with Chan’s deadly micro-leeches.

Practical and Useful

  • By: Dave Hughes
  • Photography by: David Hughes
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I learned to cast left-handed, but not because I injured my right shoulder, suffering with it for three years until rotator-cuff surgery finally freed me to cast right-handed again. No, that injury came many years later.

Short Casts

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  • and Tom Montgomery
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New Bear Safety And Conflict Tactics.

Treadwell didn’t listen. You should.

by Tom Smith