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Finding Walter
Although newly stocked trout (stockers) are fairly easy to catch, many anglers report that the larger trout 'the Walters'- in these stillwater fisheries are hard to find and not as cooperative as they should be.  Or maybe it's that the average fly angler doesn't know where to look...


Pothole Lakes: No Respect!
I hear it all the time.  You know; comments about the gooey Loon-crap bottoms, the rotten egg smell, the choking weeds, and the list goes on.  Pothole lakes really do get little respect but you may want to re-think just exactly what a pothole lake can mean to you.


Overlooking Midge Larva?
Bloodworms often get overlooked by many anglers but quite the opposite when it comes to feeding trout.


Float Tubes - The Good, Bad And Ugly
So how do you pick the one that's right for you?




Are you aware of just how versatile these lines are when fishing stillwaters?

Working The Water and Observation

Cast after cast and trying every fly in their box still leave some wondering why their success was limited. Unfortunately not every day is going to be like the last but knowing they've done their best before moving on to another area could have changed their luck. So how does one know when it's time to move on? Working an area and observation should answer that question.

Finding The Strike Zone

Finding the strike zone starts with techniques you use up on the surface of the water and ends with your flies at just the right depth below. But just how do you find the right depth?

Got Pike?
The northern pike's aggressive nature and nasty demeanor make for exciting and explosive action. If you've yet to experience pike on the fly, don't let it be one more thing that you've shelved for another day.

The Midge Larva (Bloodworm)
The four stages of the midge's life cycle include the egg, larva, pupa and the adult. Also known as chironomids, (from the word chironomidae, meaning non-biting midge) there are many anglers who believe the two flies are different but they are indeed one in the same.


Troll Casting - Float Tube Tactics

I don't fish nearly as much from a float tube as I do from my pontoon boat these days. And when in my 'toon, I usually anchor down and work an area pretty hard before I move on. There are days though when I feel the need to take the float tube out, dust it off and give my legs a bit of a work out. It's times like this that I go back to what I call 'troll-casting'.

Hanging Flies - Multi Presentations

When stillwater fly fishing, hanging fliess under an indicator is one of the most popular if not highly preferred methods in stillwater fly fishing.

Stillwater Retrieves

The retrieve when fishing stillwaters should, for the most part, imitate the natural movement of the flies you're fishing. Making your flies behave in a life-like manner is an important aspect of fly fishing and even though you may find at times a retrieve that in no way mimics the naturals seen in the water may induce a strike, concentrating your efforts to closely resemble the speed and swimming motion of the naturals will produce more strikes, more often.

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