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Fishing in Golf Country: Where Great Golf and Fly Fishing Can Be Found

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 31, 2017 9:23:11 AM

While it’s fly fishing that fuels our passion here at Yellow Dog, we understand that many of our clients and anglers have multiple outdoor loves, with many liking the idea of slipping in a day or two of golf during their hard-earned fishing vacation!

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Topics: Other

8 Pliers for Saltwater Fly Fishing Showcased at IFTD

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 26, 2017 9:32:30 AM

Pliers are a necessity in any basic angler’s gear bag. These are also one of most under-emphasized tools that an angler needs during their fishing trip. Whether you are fishing for barracuda, permit, tarpon, pike, musky, golden dorado, or toothy brown trout the need for a good set of pliers goes beyond cutting, rigging line or taking hooks out of fish.

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Topics: Fly Fishing Gear

The Best Destinations For Your First Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 24, 2017 6:06:00 AM

YOUR FIRST SALTWATER ADVENTURE

An angler’s first saltwater trip is a landmark experience. Many fishermen started their angling careers chasing after trout or warmwater species, and the leap into the world of saltwater is an entirely new game. Whether you’re looking to combine a few days of bonefishing with a family vacation, or are looking for an immersive experience, we have several lodges that cater exceptionally well to beginning and advanced saltwater anglers alike:

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Airports: 16 Ways To Travel Smarter

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM

These days, air travel is tough. There’s no way around it. Bad weather, unexpected delays, long lines at security checkpoints and other challenges may conspire to leave you stuck at the airport longer than you planned – or ever imagined. No need to let a delay ruin your trip.

Here are 16 tried-and-true tips to help you avoid the most common travel pitfalls.

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Topics: Travel Hacks

Fly Fishing For Giant Tarpon With Stu Apte

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 20, 2017 12:00:00 AM

fly fishing for tarpon with stu apte

Take a minute and check out an incredible article written by Yellow Dog's close friend and legendary tarpon angler Stu Apte. If there was one guy out there who knows how to get tarpon to take a fly, it would be Stu. 

Fly fishing for tarpon on the flats requires a certain skill level that in many ways, is different than most other types of fly fishing. The most important elements of presenting a fly to tarpon revolve around speed and accuracy. If you’re someone who is new to saltwater fly fishing, you will definitely want to spend time practicing your casting before attempting to fish the flats for big tarpon.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

4 World Class International Family Freshwater Fly Fishing Trips

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 19, 2017 12:55:00 AM

PACK THE BAGS, PACK THE KIDS

Not quite feeling the saltwater bug, but want to take the family on an epic adventure where you can still get some fishing in? Are your kids trout-savvy in the States but ready to expand their angling horizons? Or maybe you’re just looking for something different for your next family holiday.

A variety of out international freshwater destinations are suited to traveling families and couples. Several of these are best-suited to more mature (think teenage) children; we’re happy to chat about the best options for kids of all ages. Here are a few of our favorites:

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Top 3 Spots To Land Your Permit | Yellow Dog

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 18, 2017 12:00:00 AM

1. Belize 

The impressive thing about Belize is that permit can be found literally anywhere in the country - from the northern waters that surround Ambergris Caye, to the central waters of Turneffe Atoll, and all the way south to Hopkins, Placencia and Punta Gorda. All along the Caribbean coastline of this tiny Central American country, permit are found in great numbers.

And while Ambergris, Turneffe and the flats near Belize City all offer legitimate chances for permit in waters that range in depth from three to eight feet, my favorite kind of permit fishing is the "classic-style" flats fishing that is found in the skinnier waters further to the south. On the flats near Placencia, Hopkins and Punta Gorda, it is common to find permit up on the shallows, feeding and tailing in skinny water on the area’s incredibly productive flats.  

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

5 Tips From Doug McKnight To Make Your First Cast Count

Posted by Doug McKnight on Jul 14, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Doug McKnight, Yellow Dog's Bahamas Program Director, gives us insight on delivering a perfect first cast.

Making your first cast count is one of the most important things about being successful in saltwater flats fishing. Nearly every time, your first shot affords the best chance at getting the bonefish, permit or tarpon to eat a fly. All of these fish have extraordinary vision and sixth sense of incoming danger. A repeat cast, even a good one, is often enough to turn a fish off from eating. Here are a few tips on making that great cast the first time, or what we like to call “one timing it!”

1. Practice Your Cast
Before you head out on your trip it is always a good idea to practice with your equipment. Whether it is your first time or your hundredth trip, everyone benefits from a little casting practice before a trip. If your cast needs work, take a lesson or two from a good instructor. Make your practice time as realistic as possible.

Set up your rig exactly as you would in the field in respect to your line, leader and fly. If you are going to be fishing with a weighted fly, practice with one! Practice when it is windy. Don’t worry about throwing a whole fly line, focus on accuracy in the 20 -70 foot range. Don’t practice repeat casts, start at the ready position with your fly in hand and get the fly to the target with a minimum of false casts. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

5 Tips For Fishing Travel on a Budget

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 11, 2017 10:33:00 AM

FISHING ON A BUDGET — HOW TO MAKE IT WORK

If you’re looking to plan a fishing adventure in the near future, then your options – both saltwater and fresh – are seemingly endless. When it comes to high-end, all-inclusive packages that offer the best of everything for top dollar, there are plenty of destinations to choose from. For those on a budget and those looking to do a bit more on their own and save a few bucks, there are indeed some sure-fire ways to stretch your dollars and still enjoy great fishing opportunities. Here are a few thoughts on making the most of a budget-focused trip:

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Topics: Travel Hacks

John Hudgens: Five Tips For Fishing To Selective Rising Trout

Posted by John Hudgens on Jul 10, 2017 9:57:00 AM

Five tips from Yellow Dog’s South America program director, John Hudgens:

For the past 20 years, I’ve been a guide on the Railroad Ranch section of the Henry’s Fork River, a tricky piece of water that requires all anglers who fish it to truly bring their “A-Game.” This is a fishery that almost always demands perfect presentations, long leaders, light tippets, and exact fly patterns. And while the Henry’s Fork is known for having some of most selective trout around, it is by no means the only place where tough, picky trout are found.


As a species, trout are spooky by nature, constantly aware of their surroundings and all potential threats, especially true when they are rising in clear, shallow waters. When you find a rising fish in these situations it takes– the right cast, the perfect drift, all made on the very first presentation to actually “feed” that fish. Getting them to “eat” is the real accomplishment, landing the fish actually becomes a bonus.  In order to increase your chance on rising, picky trout in difficult situations, here are five things to keep in mind. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks

Team Yellow Dog: Our Favorite Flies

Posted by yellowdog on Jul 7, 2017 7:56:00 AM

OUR ESSENTIAL PATTERNS

Tom Melvin, Director of Sales and Program Director for Iceland and Kamchatka
Any leech pattern or simple marabou streamer for freshwater, Gotcha’s and simple baitfish patterns for the salt. Any bug that Dougy Fresh churns off the vise is always going to be a winner.   

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Topics: Yellow Dog Staff

Christmas Island Fly Fishing 101 With Camille Egdorf

Posted by Mike Greener on Jul 6, 2017 10:36:17 AM

Located in the remote South Pacific equidistant between Hawaii and New Zealand sits Kiritimati Island - the largest atoll in the world.. Known to anglers as Christmas Island, the untouched chain of islands is a popular destination for anglers seeking a multitude of species including bonefish, giant trevally, triggerfish, blue fin trevally and milkfish.

Camille Egdorf, Director of Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Christmas Island program explains why this remote fishery is so sought after. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing, Yellow Dog Staff

A Quick Guide to Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

Posted by Mike Greener on Jul 3, 2017 9:00:12 AM


Headquartered and based in Bozeman, Montana, we at Yellow Dog consider ourselves quite lucky to have a national treasure like Yellowstone National Park located directly in our “backyard.”

While over four million visitors flock to Yellowstone on an annual basis to see the geysers, canyons and roadside wildlife, the fact is that 99% of these visitors never leave the pavement and parking areas. Despite heavy visitor traffic to some areas of the park, there exists countless opportunities for exceptional fishing and hiking all throughout the Yellowstone backcountry. Beyond the developed tourist areas, the park offers a diverse, mountainous backcountry landscape that invites exploration by foot and/or pack animal. This is the “hidden” Yellowstone that few visitors will ever experience, with thousands of miles of trails, hundreds of lakes and over a thousand miles of rivers and streams.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing