Release The Tigerfish: 10 Facts About Tigerfishing In Tanzania

Posted by yellowdog on Aug 16, 2017 6:00:00 AM

On the eastern coast of Africa lies the safari mecca of Tanzania, a country blanketed by vast, remote wilderness and populated by all the wild things that have perennially defined Africa as a place of wonder, wildness and awe.

It is these characteristics that have enticed writers, explorers and hunters to visit the region throughout the ages. Over the last quarter century, a new group has begun to travel to Tanzania as well: adventurous anglers who have zeroed in on the amazing African tigerfish.

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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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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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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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Useful Tactics for Fly Fishing Fast Water You Should Know

Posted by Mike Greener on Jun 28, 2017 12:37:57 AM

Ah summertime! The anticipated warmer weather that marks the end of winter’s hold is always a welcomed sight for fly fisherman who get to shed their winter layers and prepare for the great springtime conditions. While the warmer temperatures start to turn on the eat for fish, for anglers living in the western United States, they know that this time of year also means that in order to connect with hungry fish, they will be navigating potentially swollen high flow rivers filled with mountain run off.

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Beginner's Guide: How To Fly Fish For Pike

Posted by Mike Greener on Jun 23, 2017 7:49:12 AM

Fly Fishing for Pike 101

When talking about the holy grail of pike fishing, there are few freshwater experiences more electrifying than catching a pike on the fly. For many anglers, targeting northern pike on the fly can offer some of the most aggressive takes that you will find anywhere in the world; a defining factor that makes them an incredible species to target. Imagine yourself standing in your boat sight fishing the grass edges in the shallows for a merciless predator. You throw out a fly that’s as long as your forearm. Then, watching your retrieve, the calm water surface suddenly erupts in a violent explosion as the visual take of a pike destroys your fly with tremendous speed and power.

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6 New Zealand Fly Fishing Myths Debunked

Posted by Bessie Bucholz on Jun 20, 2017 2:55:06 AM

Common Misconceptions about fly fishing new zealand

Over the years, we have heard some pretty outrageous myths about New Zealand and want to take the time to clarify a few points so that we can put these myths to bed:

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7 of the Most Pristine Trout Fisheries on Earth

Posted by Carter Lyles on Jun 15, 2017 9:50:14 AM

When you think of the word “pristine” what images form in your mind? One of the first things that comes to ours is the recognizable Fiji Water commercials filled with untouched, crystal clear water pools on some postcard looking tropical island. Pristine is something that is very pure. A place unspoiled by industry or modern society.

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14 of the Hottest Steelhead Videos on the Web

Posted by Mike Greener on Jun 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Chasing the chrome. The fish of 1,000 casts. For many anglers throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes regions, pursuing the huge anadromous fish known as steelhead are the end all for their angling pursuits. It’s a fishing approach that requires a balance of persistence, patience, confidence and having a bit of luck. As the saying goes “The tug is the drug”.Steelhead are native rainbow trout, which migrate to the ocean as juvenile fish and return to fresh water streams and rivers as adults to spawn often times returning to the rivers as an adult reaching sizes upwards of 20 lbs.

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Top Family Freshwater Fly Fishing Lodges in the US

Posted by yellowdog on May 30, 2017 12:03:44 PM

FRESHWATER OPTIONS FOR THE FAMILY

In the fourth installment of our Yellow Dog recommended “family-friendly” destinations, here’s a look at some of our favorite freshwater locales in the U.S. Any of these locations can provide the family vacation of a lifetime (and a little — or a lot! — fishing on the side). If you missed the catalog feature on these locations in the 2017 Angling Travel Guide, be sure to check it out online!

In the past few weeks we’ve looked at our favorite family experiences in Belize, the Bahamas, and other saltwater destinations.

We actually rank and rate each of our destinations based on exactly how “family-friendly” they are, taking into consideration such factors as the availability of non-angling activities, specific programs and services for non-anglers, separate non-angler rates, and more. We combined all of this information with the realities of exactly how good and how diverse the fishing is as well. In the end, we’re able to offer a number of lodge and destination options that can easily cater to a mixed angling / non-angling couple, while at the same time offering a great overall fishing experience. 

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