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Beginner Trip Series: Saltwater Fly Fishing Trips for Beginners

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 20, 2017 12:50:16 PM

Maybe you’ve never tried saltwater fly fishing, or maybe you've done it only a handful of times. For the beginner saltwater angler, choosing a lodge and destination can be overwhelming and even intimidating. There are many factors to consider when choosing a lodge – how’s the overall atmosphere and feel, what’s the fishing like in their waters, will the guides be forgiving over a missed shot on a fish? These are all things to take into account. Thankfully though, Yellow Dog prides itself with pairing anglers with destinations that meet their specific needs.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Bucket List Trip: Winter Steelhead Fishing in the Olympic Peninsula

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 18, 2017 4:36:40 PM

With the fall season hanging in the air and winter just around the corner, this time of the year usually means hanging up rods in exchange for hunting rifles and bird dogs. But even though the trees are dropping their leaves, by no means does that signify the end of the freshwater fishing season. Steelhead fishing, albeit a sometimes cold and wet endeavor,  has proven addicting for those who’ve reeled in one of the giant fish. Every angler should try their hand at steelhead. It’s hard to fathom a 10+ pound rainbow trout taking a fly, but it’s definitely possible. 

Olympic Peninsula Steelhead

Steelhead are the cousins of their strictly freshwater relative, the rainbow trout. They live part of their lives in the ocean and migrate into freshwater estuaries come spawning time. The fish come from the ocean, so naturally, they’re ocean sized. Only about a 4-hour drive from the Seattle airport, and with 10 to 15-pound fish straight from the ocean, the Olympic Peninsula is the winter steelhead mecca. But that’s not to say that 20 pound prize steelhead can’t occasionally be found as well.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Fall Edition: Yellow Dog's Must-Visit Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 17, 2017 11:21:13 AM

With fall hanging in the air, kids heading back to school, and temperatures beginning to drop, it’s only natural to find yourself daydreaming about the next saltwater adventure. Now is the time to start planning saltwater trips! Prime weeks and dates are still available!

Working with Yellow Dog gives you access to a team of experienced and dedicated professionals that provide assistance every step of the way, including finding a location that fits your needs, booking plane tickets, securing the very best guides, reviewing pre-trip itineraries, and following up with post trip reports. We pride ourselves on finding a destination that caters to your specific preferences.         

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

The 16 Rules of How to Feed a Permit - by Greg Vincent and Justin Rea

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 11, 2017 11:55:01 AM

Greg Vincent and Justin Rea know a few things about fishing for – and catching – permit. Justin is one of the most successful permit guides in the Florida Keys, and he’s put hundreds of clients onto these difficult fish in his many years of guiding. Greg is the co-owner of H2O Bonefishing on Grand Bahama and has fished for permit all over the world. Together, these two have won the Del Brown Permit Tournament in Key West three times (2009, 2011 and 2013) – the only anglers to-date to pull a hat trick in the tournament.  Here’s what Justin and Greg have to say about successfully fishing for one of the most difficult species on the planet.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Traveling Safely: 8 Ways to Improve Your Fly Fishing Vacation

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 10, 2017 9:59:29 AM

Yellow Dog has decades of travel experience.  Every other week someone on the team is either out exploring a new location or checking in on longtime partners.  Yellow Dog wouldn’t be the best in the business if it didn't know a few things about traveling safely.  Here are a few tips we've learned throughout the years:

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Topics: Travel Hacks, Travel Essentials

Belize's Most Prized Gamefish: Fly Fishing for Permit in Ambergris Caye

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 5, 2017 12:40:09 PM

Located off the coast of Belize, the waters of Ambergris Caye are home to some of the best permit fishing on the planet.  There’s a seemingly endless expanse of flats surrounding the island offering the chance to take a shot at one of the many permit.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

The Top 5 Bahamas Bonefish Flies from Doug McKnight

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 3, 2017 11:26:52 AM

With fall destinations like the Bahamas, Belize, Cuba, and Mexico just around the corner, it’s important to know what flies fish are taking, and where.  Doug McKnight is Yellow Dog's Bahamas and Honduras program director and has fly fished extensively for bonefish throughout the Bahamas. A commercial fly tier, McKnight is well-known for his extraordinary fly tying capabilities and designing patterns that fish simply cannot resist. He was kind enough to share the five flies every bonefish angler should have in the Bahamas:  

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing, Yellow Dog Staff

A Quick Guide to Tarpon Fishing in Belize

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 29, 2017 11:48:22 AM

World-Class Fly Fishing in Belize For Tarpon

For many anglers, it’s an addiction chasing tarpon on the flats and channels of Belize.  Given that the fish can grow to over 200 pounds makes it one of the most sought-after game fish on the planet.  Tarpon will inhale the fly and won’t actually eat it.  For this reason, setting the hook may be the most difficult part - it will test every angler’s patience and skill only to further feed the addiction.  If hooked into one, spectacular aerial acrobatics and a challenging fight will surely ensue.  It all equates to an incredible experience. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Extraterrestrials in Chile: Fly Fishing the Cantaria Beetle

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 27, 2017 11:59:09 AM

We love fishing large fly patterns – mice, hoppers, streamers, salmon flies, if it’s big, we want to cast it.  Aside from breathtaking mountain ranges, friendly people, and delicious food, Chile offers anglers a chance to catch trout on beetle patterns.  But unlike the beetles of the western United States, the Cantaria Beetle of Chile can reach sizes up to 2 ½ inches!  If you’re like us and get a rush from big fish taking big flies, then you’ll want to put Chile on your angling bucket list.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog Travel Hack: Packing Lightly By Cutting Down

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 26, 2017 3:39:08 PM

The Yellow Dog team knows that airline fees can be pricey.   None seem to add up as quickly as the overweight baggage fee.  It’s especially easy to exceed weight limits with international fishing trips as you pack gear, rods, clothes, and anything else to enjoy for an adventure abroad.

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Topics: Travel Hacks