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5 Alaska Fly Fishing Rivers You Must Experience Before You Die

Posted by yellowdog on Dec 5, 2017 2:40:00 PM

Alaska is home to some of the finest fly fishing in the world. The wilderness settings paired with spectacular takes on the water make Alaska one of Yellow Dog's favorite destinations. Put these rivers at the top of your angling bucket list.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Fly Fish Kamchatka with Yellow Dog Ambassador, Jako Lucas

Posted by yellowdog on Nov 20, 2017 10:01:21 AM

Yellow Dog ambassador, Jako Lucas will be hosting a trip to fly fish Kamchatka, Russia August 21st - September 3rd, 2018. The trip will be two parts. Guests can either sign up for both parts of the trip - the full two weeks - or sign up for a single week-long segment.  

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

What's It Like To Spend 7 Days Fly Fishing For Taimen In Mongolia

Posted by yellowdog on Nov 1, 2017 10:27:20 AM

This past September Jim Klug and Ian Davis traveled to Mongolia to fish for the largest salmonid on earth: taimen. The duo fished hard for seven days and left with not only some spectacular photos of monster taimen but also some perspectives on life, what it means to detach, unplug and recharge - and of course, some insider tips on catching big fish and what it takes to have a great trip to Mongolia. Ian gave us the backstage pass into the trip of a lifetime.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

An Inside Look at Fly Fishing For Taimen in Mongolia With Jako Lucas

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 30, 2017 5:13:52 PM

Jako Lucas is one of Yellow Dog's ambassadors, and he waves the blue and yellow flag wherever he's fly fishing in the world. Part of our two-part series on fly fishing for taimen in Mongolia, Jako was kind enough to give us the low-down. Taimen fishing in Mongolia is a bucket list item for every serious angler. This is an interview you don't want to miss. 

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Yellow Dog Staff

Beginner Trip Series: North America Fly Fishing Trips For Beginners

Posted by yellowdog on Oct 23, 2017 4:24:31 PM

We recently touched on some of our favorite operations for novice fly anglers looking to go on their first saltwater fishing trip. Very similar to prospecting for saltwater fly fishing lodges, when looking for freshwater destinations, there are several important factors to keep in mind.  Is the fishing technical? Is it mostly wading or floating? Are the fish spooky or aggressive? And lastly, but perhaps the most important – how is the lodge and operation? Are the guides friendly and forgiving? Yellow Dog offers a handful of trip options for beginners, so check out some of these:

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Topics: Freshwater 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

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, Chile

Fly Fishing the Barrancoso River at the Edge of the World

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 25, 2017 11:26:02 AM



“It’s one of the best small pieces of water in the world for high densities of giant fish. Very little compares to it.”  My eyes were probably the size of dinner plates when John Hudgens, longtime fly fishing guide and Yellow Dog’s in-house expert on Argentina, said that to me.  For a guy who has fished across the globe, such a strong statement seemed a little over the top.  But as I came to find, it was spot on.  The reward for anyone who’s up for an adventure to the end of the world is some phenomenal fishing.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Argentina

6 Must-Have Fly Patterns For a New Zealand Fishing Trip

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 22, 2017 11:49:28 AM

New Zealand Trout Fly Patterns

As a rule, the trout of New Zealand are usually more concerned about how you present the fly rather than what you present, so it is imperative that you practice for accuracy and delicacy before you embark on your journey to NZ. As such, there is no reason to bring every trout fly that you own. In fact, doing so can sometimes prove to be a hassle as you enter the country and pass through Customs, which is notoriously stringent when it comes to anything that has come into contact with foreign water and/or soil. Many of the guides and all of the lodges that Yellow Dog works with in New Zealand offer packages that include not just flies, but tippet and leaders as well so that you can leave your gear at home. 

However, if you must bring your own flies (and it is totally okay if you do), we always suggest that anglers follow the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Silly) principle and only bring along a handful of patterns that they trust the most—in a range of different sizes. Basic, minimalist, general – these are all terms that should guide you as you pick out which flies to bring with you.

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Lago Yelcho: A Premier Chilean Patagonia Stillwater Fishery

Posted by yellowdog on Sep 20, 2017 8:03:11 PM

Fly Fishing the Lago Yelcho in Patagonia, Chile

Do you like fly fishing on lakes?  I’ve heard from people more times than I can count that fishing a lake is just not nearly as fun as a river. I even admit I was in this party for a time as well. However, as I learned the nuances of lake fishing, and started having some success, I became a believer.  What sealed the deal for me was Lago Yelcho.

Chile as a fly fishing destination has grown in popularity through the years and offers trout anglers the chance to land trophy-sized fish in a beautiful setting. Patagonia, Chile is home to some of the best trout fisheries in the world.  These fisheries include both rivers and lakes and Lago Yelcho ranks among the best of them.

Ready to get excited about lakes? Let’s go!

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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Chile