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Choosing kebari when fishing over rising trout, the logical conclusion one might reach would be to imitate the fish's diet as precisely as possible in order that our artificial might be accepted as food. However, there are many reasons one could make a case against this approach. I have successfully used completely different appearing flies under similar circumstances with a reasonable degree of success. Certainly much more successfully than the "Match the Hatch" approach.First, we have to understand that a fish is an opportunist as are most life forms on this planet. For example, observation of a trout in it's...

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I have recently worked with a gentleman from Utah who was fishing the Provo & Mammoth Creek and looking for advice on kebari and other flies. A lot depends upon the type of fishing that you enjoy. For subsurface, there is no doubt that I would start with the copper weighted Utah Killer Bugs size 14. I like to pick out the wool a bit with a needle to make them buggier looking.My own personal favorite fly is the size #12 black killer bugger, that being an good imitation of a lot of things, especially your Western stoneflies. I would...

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Some of this is from yesterday's correspondence with a new customer. Some changes were made for educational purposes. Hi, I posted this question in the forum and I haven't gotten an answer (and I suspect why now that I read your website)...but I'll ask anyway. As a new Tenkara fisherman (and a somewhat new fly fisherman), I've always been told to match the hatch. Apparently that's not necessarily the same in Tenkara, and I guess that you don't necessarily advocate that. I'm looking for a "starter kit" of Tenkara flies but I thought I'd need to get them more regionally...

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David called me at 8pm. “You ready for tomorrow? Early start, I'll meet you there - trailhead at 4:30.” It was 1966 and we were 14, old friends who were now attending schools in adjacent villages. Maintaining our trout relationship was easy. We would probably climb mountains to chase our beloved quarry, fortunately our 200 foot hike down to the creek that morning was only a brief 20 minutes. Our favorite watershed, like many on these Northern slopes which drop 700 feet to the Great Lakes plain below, is home to native Rainbow or Redband Trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Previous names...

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Every stream is unique and occasionally daunting. When you fish a new stream and are not seeing rising fish, it's like you are looking at a blank slate. It's often not obvious where to locate the fish. But, it is an easy matter to locate trout in any stream with one of the oldest fly-fishing methods, the Wet Fly Swing. We should thank our ancestors for leaving us with such a great tool for locating the lies of fish in any new stream that we might encounter. I used this method quite a bit on my trip to the Batten...

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