Reading Riffles

Tune in to the next issue of American Angler for ‘Reading Riffles’, to get the most out of fishing riffles! This article covers not only where to fish in riffles but also how to fish to get the most out of every riffle opportunity.


Badger Fly Fisher’s Spring Opener

Badger Fly Fisher’s Spring Opener is set for February 11th, 2017. Come enjoy a full and fun day, complete with evening banquet!


Picking Pockets

While pocket water often holds the nicest fish of the day, it also creates a big challenge for the angler. The currents in pocket water are complex, with multidirectional flow- the water may be moving in opposite directions in layers separated vertically by only a few inches. This chaos of current requires angling adjustments to…


What About Refusals – November American Angler

It happens all the time, nearly every time I fish- refusals. A trout slashes at my fly, but seems to miss. Or a trout turns to look at my fly, perhaps even floating beneath my dry fly, but chooses not to eat it. It’s certainly a disappointment as your heart sinks, but how and when…


September Trout- American Angler

Fall is one of my four favorite seasons to fish- right up there with spring, summer and winter! In the September issue of American Angler ‘September Trout’ discusses the challenges of autumn fishing. The river is usually less populated with people, but also less populated with trout food. The reduced amount and diversity of food…


May issue; American Angler

The Long and the Short of it. This feature compares and contrasts long and short line nymphing methods- when and how to use different styles of nymph fishing. Based on current flow and depth of water, one method always stands out as the preferred way to catch fish. Whether you’re Spanish, French, Czech or Polish-…


Temperamental Trout- March American Angler

There’s going to be magical days on the river when trout rise to your fly with reckless abandon- when through evenings reminiscence, you sip your (insert your favorite beverage) blissfully  to assuage your sore fish fighting muscles. Those days are special, but all too rare. But there’ll be times where you have to work all…


January, American Angler- What Trout See

This is a must read article for fly tyers, but is also important for trout anglers. What trout see affects everything from fly design and choice to how we present the fly to trout. Do trout really see ultraviolet light (UV)? tune in to find out. A trout’s eye is similar to ours in many…


November American Angler…..Control Freak

Tune in to the next issue of American Angler for ‘Control Freak’!  Improve line control to improve your presentation and slack management to hook and catch more fish. Line control influences our catch rate for trout more than any other factor. Whether we want a dead drift for nypmhs or animation for wet flies and…


American Angler, September 2015

 Feature article for the September issue; Primary Positions. Identify prime lies to target the alpha fish! Spot the prime lie and you find the alpha trout- the one we’d all like to catch! In the linear hierarchy social structure of trout, size determines the position in the pecking order. Since feeding lies are allocated by…