15 top tips from yellow dog for your next fly fishing trip

Posted by yellowdog on 10/24/19 2:52 PM

We fly fish all over the world. A lot.

For nearly twenty years of exploring new saltwater flats or returning to the same steelhead run year after year or stalking a trout sipping a dry fly in a Patagonia spring creek, there are things our team of travel experts do before, during, and after each and every trip they take.

Whether you’re thinking about a trip to Mexico or the Seychelles or closer to home in the US West, or if are still unsure where your next trip will take you, here are 15 simple, easy bits of advice to make your next fly fishing trip great.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Travel Essentials, Fly Fishing Gear

10 Places to Fly Fish for the Trout of Your Dreams

Posted by yellowdog on 10/21/19 9:22 AM

For many of us, a trout was the first fish we ever caught on a fly rod. It may have been a brook trout in an eastern stream or a native trout in a western mountain river, but the thrill of bringing to hand a brilliantly colored trout stuck with us. As we all progressed as anglers, small fish were slowly replaced with big fish. Then many of us chose fly fishing as a way to explore the world. 

As if the angling gods gathered to ensure we always have another horizon to explore, the opportunity to catch trout exists on all seven continents. From the wilds of Mongolia to the windswept steppes of Tierra del Fuego, there is a trout species swimming that will challenge and amaze you. Here are 10 Places to Fly Fish for the Trout of Your Dreams. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

7 Favorite Alaska Rivers You Need to Fly Fish

Posted by yellowdog on 10/18/19 12:00 PM

Covering over 371 million acres, Alaska contains one-fifth the total landmass of the Lower 48, more than half of America’s national park land, 80% of America’s national wildlife refuge land, and more world-class fishing water than a person could possibly explore in a lifetime.

Now that you have decided to experience all that this amazing region has to offer – the huge rainbows, the grizzlies, the runs of salmon so thick you can almost walk across their backs, and the incredibly long fishing days in a land where the sun hardly sets – the most important question becomes: “where exactly do I go?  

In no particular order we've compiled the 7 Favorite Alaskan Fishing Rivers to help you plan for your Alaskan fly fishing adventure.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Alaska

LOUISIANA: Part two of Jake Wells' Reflection on the Highlight of His Summer

Posted by yellowdog on 10/14/19 9:23 AM

We join Yellow Dog’s Louisiana Program Director on the second half of his summer trip to Louisiana. Read Part One: Venice – Fishing Capitol of the World for a report on off-shore fly fishing action.

New Orleans – Fun and Food

In the middle of our trip, we built in a free day for ourselves to go into the city and experience the sights, sounds, and the food of New Orleans. Our first stop was the National WWII Museum. It was a humbly experience to say the least, and kindled an appreciation for, “The Greatest Generation.”

We then walked a short distance to the Cochon Restaurant for some of the best Cajun and southern cooking in the city. I’d recommend the fried alligator. Afterwards we walked around the French Quarter including a mandatory stop at Café du Monde for their famous beignets. It was then onto our next leg of the trip.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

LOUISIANA: Yellow Dog’s jake wells Reflects on the Highlight of His Summer

Posted by yellowdog on 10/11/19 8:05 AM

This past summer Jake Wells made a trip to the Louisiana to fish for redfish, offshore species, and experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of New Orleans. In this two-part post, Jake retraces his steps and casts throughout his week-long summer trip…

Part One: Venice – Fishing Capitol of the World

After we got off the plane in New Orleans, I checked the weather forecast on my phone and was happy to see four upcoming days of sun and little wind. Something that can be a rarity in the fall and winter.After Memorial Day it starts to get hot in Louisiana. There’s no denying that. But the fishing doesn’t cool down. In fact, fishing opportunities are abundant both inshore and offshore throughout the entire year.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Fly fishing the Bahamas: Recovery and Relief is Ongoing on Abaco and Grand Bahamas, But Still Plenty of Options to Find Big Bonefish

Posted by yellowdog on 10/9/19 11:43 AM

As financial support and sweat equity flow into the Bahamas to help those on Abaco and Grand Bahamas that have been affected by Hurricane Dorian, we are reminded that the majority of the Bahamas was left unscathed and is very much open for business!

Bahamians are proud and hardworking, and the entire country is pulling together to help the residents of the islands that were hit by the recent storm.

As anglers, our showing of support has been amazing as well, and so far, the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation (YDCCF) and the industry coalition called “Double Haul For Dorian Relief” have collectively raised over $250K to help those from the fly fishing communities on both island’s that have lost so much. And while lives and livelihoods are being pieced back together on Grand Bahama and Abaco, we want to remind everyone that the other Bahamian islands, guides, lodges, and their families remain unaffected and open!

If you want to help the Bahamas, there are two key things that you can do: donate and go fishing. 

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing

Patagonia: 14 essential pieces of layering for a fly fishing trip to Chile or Argentina

Posted by yellowdog on 10/9/19 11:24 AM

A fly fishing trip to Patagonia is a unique experience. But one that can only be enhanced with the proper gear. A common question we are asked here at Yellow Dog revolves around what to pack and how to properly choose the right clothing. Weather in Patagonia is varied, so it is very important choose clothing and a system for layering that can adapt to the variety of changing weather conditions. 

We've developed, using Simms Fishing Products advanced technology and angler-driven products, a head-to-toe list of recommended layering systems. These products allow you to enjoy fishing in Patagonia in whatever conditions Mother Nature throws at you. The bottom line is that packing for successful trip to Patagonia requires an adaptable layering system. 

At Yellow Dog we are here to ensure you have the best possible trip. Proper clothing is a big part of that. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Winter Steelhead: tips and trips for Fly Fishing The Pacific Northwest

Posted by yellowdog on 10/9/19 10:26 AM

Nowhere else in the United States are steelhead as deeply rooted in angling culture as the Pacific Northwest. Mention the Pacific Northwest in a circle of fly fishers and steelhead will inevitably poke their bright dime-colored heads into the conversation. Rivers such as the Rogue, Deschutes, Grande Ronde, Columbia, and Klickitat, to name just a few, have claimed notoriety for producing not only good numbers of steelhead, but large ones at that. And as western trout rivers begin sliding into winter month slumbers, for any angler looking to extend their fishing season then winter steelhead in Oregon and Washington and should be at the top of the list.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

The Best Fall Fly Fishing Destinations in the West and canada and how to fish them

Posted by yellowdog on 10/9/19 10:01 AM

Late October and November bring cold mornings and the very real possibility of snow to the Rocky Mountain West. But, that doesn't mean it is time, just yet, to hang up the fly rods. In fact, if you have the desire to get in one more western trout fly fishing trip this season, there is still time. 

Clothes that have been stowed away since last bird season are being unpacked and dogs are starting to excite with the not too far-off retrieves. Fall also means fly fishing during, arguably, the best time of the year. As summer crowds return to careers and lives off the water, rivers are offered a bit of respite from the high-season traffic.

And for anglers, the possibility of world-class rivers to themselves is enough to get anyone out of bed on a cold autumn morning. If you’re like us and enjoy brisk fall days on the river then you definitely want to check out the following destinations for your fall fly fishing adventure. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and of course there are some rivers missing. We’ll leave those up to you to discover! 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Northern Argentina: Golden Dorado Fly Fishing Lodges, Day Trips, and Mothership Trips

Posted by yellowdog on 10/2/19 11:43 AM

Region Facts 

Target SpeciesGolden Dorado, Pira Pita, and Pacu

Season: Year-round with seasonal spawning closures on the Parana river in November and December

Major Fisheries: Parana River, Corrientes River, and Ibera Marshlands 

Non-Angling Area Activities: Wildlife viewing

Closest Major Air HubsBuenos Aires (AEP/EZE), Corrientes (CNQ), or Resistencia (RES)

Golden Dorado are often viewed as the apex predator fish in South America and despite their ferociousness, strength and brute power, they are exceptionally beautiful creatures to target on the fly. Fly fishing for golden dorado has grabbed the imagination of many anglers over the past decade and for good reason; they provide incredibly aggressive strikes and acrobatic fights.  

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Argentina

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