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The Moonshine Journal — Trout

How to Catch Trout: 5 Basic Principles

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How to Catch Trout: 5 Basic Principles

Fly fishing is about as much fun as you can have on the water. But, it’s also difficult. Just mastering your cast and being able to get a fly in the water is hard enough, not to mention tricking a fish into sipping your fly. As anglers, we can get so focused on the technique, gear, and logistics, that we forget the basics of how to catch trout. And, that’s the whole point, right? That’s why we’re here today. We’re not marketing anything or offering a secret hotspot with 30-inch brown trout. We’re just highlighting some bread and butter techniques...

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How Do Warm Temperatures Affect Trout?

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How Do Warm Temperatures Affect Trout?

After a year in lockdown due to the pandemic, fly anglers are facing a different type of lockdown—prohibited fishing due to rising temperatures across the Western U.S. According to an article in The New York Times, several of the country’s premier fishing areas have either been shut down due to warm water or constricted to only morning hours, including the waters in Yellowstone Park as well as the Missouri River. More drastically, Utah has doubled the daily limit in some places because warm water temperatures are expected to kill substantial populations regardless of angler activity.  There’s no beating around the...

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Field Guide: Chasing Early-Season Smallmouth

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Field Guide: Chasing Early-Season Smallmouth

In our Field Guide series, we’re offering quick tips you can use on the water to catch more fish on the fly, species-by-species. In this edition: The cure for cold-weather blues. Around late winter and early spring, all of us tend to get the itch. We’ve been cramped inside for far too long, you can only tie so many flies, and it’s time to hit the water whether the fish are ready or not. But, there is a bit of hope and it comes in the form of spring smallmouth season. These green torpedoes are legendary targets with a fly...

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The 5 Fundamentals of Winter Trout Fishing - Basics of Fly Fishing

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The 5 Fundamentals of Winter Trout Fishing - Basics of Fly Fishing

Let’s all collectively accept the fact that winter is here. The drift boats are carefully tucked away for the season. Hot toddies have replaced margaritas. And those fly rod rigs may be collecting dust in the corner. But, before you think about putting them away for good, there is a glimmer of hope. Winter fishing isn’t traditionally known for being very productive, but it can offer some unique opportunities that summer and fall cannot.   In our winter fishing primer, we’re going to take a look at those opportunities. Depending on where you live and what your goals are, we’ve dug...

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