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Seven Top Tips to Help Catch More Finicky Trout from Yellow Dog's John Hudgens

Posted by yellowdog on 12/27/19 9:47 AM

Fly fishing for trout is steeped with many traditions. One of these is convincing a trout to rise to a dry fly. Many anglers fell in love with trout fishing by casting small dry flies on a remote mountain stream. As our skills improved our desire for more challenging fishing grew. From a six-inch Brook trout on a size 10 Royal Wulff to a 20-inch trico-sipping wild rainbow, fly fishing for trout is anything but ordinary. 

Enter in Yellow Dog's John Hudgens. John, or "Hudge," as most of his friends call him, is a twenty-year veteran guide throughout Montana and Idaho. Hudge has seen thousands of trout feed on a variety of hatching insects. Pursuing these "selective trout" is his passion and has brought him throughout the US West, Patagonia, and New Zealand seeking out selective trout.

In his own words, Hudge tells us how to catch more of these elusive trout. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks

Are You Giving The Gift Your Angler Really Wants?

Posted by yellowdog on 12/20/19 1:13 PM

Christmas is right around the corner. If you are like most people, there is still some last-minute shopping to be done. If you are entirely done with your holiday shopping, congratulations; put your feet up, spike your egg nog, and relax.

If you are reading this, you most likely fish or know someone who does and are probably going to be giving some gifts to those folks in your life that like to fish. Here’s some help to ensure you land a trophy gift to your friend and not get caught in the weeds and break off.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Do not Be that angler: A Dozen Things Traveling Anglers Should Do But Don’t

Posted by yellowdog on 12/16/19 11:27 AM

A great fly-fishing trip is the sum of many parts—hard-working, knowledgeable guides, delicious food, accommodations to suit your tastes, and being in the right place at the right time to feed your fly to hungry fish. Practice and preparation go a very long way to pull-of a great fly fishing trip. Booking a trip with Yellow Dog is a crucial first step because we have the most in-depth and experienced team in the business AND our services are always free, or less, than booking direct with a lodge or outfitter.

Once you’ve decided to book with us, the fun of planning can begin. However, a little dedication before the trip begins is as important as enjoying yourself once the trip actually begins. Here is our list of a Dozen Things Anglers Should Do But Don’t.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Fly Fishing in Patagonia

Posted by yellowdog on 12/2/19 2:35 PM

Thinking about planning a trip to Patagonia? We field numerous inquiries about this spectacular region and the following ten questions are ones that we identified as the most helpful as a good starting point for anyone interested in planning a trip to Patagonia. The Patagonia region is a vast area of land that stretches more than 260,000 square miles across the bottom third of Chile and Argentina, bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. It is a freshwater anglers dream come true. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

5 top Sea-Run brown Trout Destinations in Argentina

Posted by yellowdog on 12/2/19 11:20 AM

The southern tip of Argentina is home to windswept and scoured plains, mossy forests and saturated bogs, and a river system that harbors the world's largest sea-run brown trout. It is here where anglers willing to make the long journey and fish through some demanding conditions can be rewarded with the trout of a lifetime. 

The name, Tierra del Feugo, was given by Europeans who when they first sailed nearby saw the many fires of the area's indigenous inhabitants. This name is appropriate because this area is rugged and isolated: a perfect recipe for producing massive trout. Here are our 5 Top Sea-Run Brown Trout Destinations in "The Land of Fire."

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Yellow Dog’s Thankful List: Why We Are Thankful For Fly Fishing Travel

Posted by yellowdog on 11/25/19 6:00 AM

As the calendar changed from Halloween to November, in many stores pumpkins came down and Christmas trees came up. The holiday spirit is wonderful, but in the rush to start counting down shopping days ‘til Christmas, the ideals of Thanksgiving can be lost in the hype of Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and by trying to squeeze it all in before the holiday bumrush begins.

Because we travel the world for a living, we understand the importance of getting away—but traveling to fish is not only a great respite, it is a unique way we can learn about ourselves, family, friends, and other places in the world. Here is Yellow Dog’s List of Why We Are Thankful For Fly Fishing Travel.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Saltwater Fly Fishing

Spring Break Fly Fishing Trips: Top Destinations for Anglers and Non-Anglers

Posted by yellowdog on 11/19/19 1:29 PM

By late winter many of us feel the need for sunshine, sand in our toes, and a tailing fish or two on a saltwater flat. A trip is even better if the experience can be shared with non-angling companions.

With two decades of experience planning trips for the spring break season, we know plenty of tricks and tips to help you choose, plan, and enjoy a great spring break trip. From knowing which lodge to choose if you have young kids or where to venture if you want nightlife and plenty of dining options, here are our 8 Top Destinations for Anglers and their Non-Angling Companions.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Introducing Your Kids to Fly Fishing: Do it right

Posted by yellowdog on 11/19/19 11:51 AM

Do you want to have an activity that you and your kids can do together?

Maybe you simply just want your son or daughter to get outdoors, or you're planning a family trip? We've had many families plan fly fishing vacations with their children in the past, including this family whose son scored a grand slam!

Ready to get started? Let's go!

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Topics: Other

7 Reasons A New Zealand fly fishing trip is Easier Than You Think

Posted by yellowdog on 11/15/19 12:40 PM

October 10, 1867 is a significant date for New Zealand anglers. On this day the first live trout hatched near Christchurch. Fast forward to the present and those small fingerlings are responsible for a destination fishery with plenty of trophy-sized fish in a land full of splendor.

Matching the beauty of much of New Zealand is the aura of fly fishing there—it just seems grander than anything in the lower 48. But don’t let the distance or mystique of angling in New Zealand think it is a destination only reserved for the intrepid. In fact, a New Zealand fly fishing trip is a lot easier than you think. Here are 7 Reasons A New Zealand Fly Fishing Trip is Easier Than You Think. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, New Zealand

5 Reasons To Consider a Jungle Fly Fishing Trip

Posted by yellowdog on 11/5/19 4:26 PM

For many of us, our first fly fishing experience may have been small trout on a clear mountain stream or bass on a farm pond. When we made those first errant casts as a neophyte angler, few us had visions of Golden Dorado or African tigerfish leaping from mysterious jungle waters. With a new frontier of fly fishing emerging--fly fishing exotic locations throughout the world---there is a now an experience as special as your first time fly fishing.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

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