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Fly Fishing The Salt: Diving Into the World of Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit

Posted by yellowdog on Apr 11, 2018 11:15:46 AM

Starting anything new can be overwhelming at first. With so much information readily available, literally, at your fingertips even knowing where to start can be impossible. However, as the saying goes, “there’s never a time like the present.” We’ve put together some tips, tricks, and pointers, for anyone looking to get into the world of saltwater fly fishing to make getting a start all that much easier. Tarpon, bonefish, and permit are known as “the big three” and are the most popular saltwater game fish. For that reason we’ve gone over the basics of fly fishing for these terrific species. Although this guide is not exhaustive and there are countless nuances when it comes to saltwater fly fishing, we feel this is as good a place as any to start.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks

How To Spot Bonefish Like a Saltwater Flats Guide

Posted by yellowdog on Apr 5, 2018 12:21:37 PM

Spotting bonefish can be an undertaking if unfamiliar with saltwater fly fishing. But with a pointers you can be well on your way to spotting the elusive "ghost of the flats." Before anything else, the number one rule and the rule that trumps all others is to listen to your guide. We cannot hammer this rule home hard enough. Flats guides have spent countless hours training their eyes to spot bonefish and their signs and you'll find more success listening to their expertise than you trying to find fish on the flats. But if you want to take your bonefishing game to the next level there are a handful of techniques, tips, and tricks you can use to start spotting your own bonefish on your next saltwater trip.

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks

5 Tips From Doug McKnight To Make Your First Cast Count

Posted by Doug McKnight on Jul 14, 2017 9:45:00 AM

Doug McKnight, Yellow Dog's Bahamas Program Director, gives us insight on delivering a perfect first cast.

Making your first cast count is one of the most important things about being successful in saltwater flats fishing. Nearly every time, your first shot affords the best chance at getting the bonefish, permit or tarpon to eat a fly. All of these fish have extraordinary vision and sixth sense of incoming danger. A repeat cast, even a good one, is often enough to turn a fish off from eating. Here are a few tips on making that great cast the first time, or what we like to call “one timing it!”

1. Practice Your Cast
Before you head out on your trip it is always a good idea to practice with your equipment. Whether it is your first time or your hundredth trip, everyone benefits from a little casting practice before a trip. If your cast needs work, take a lesson or two from a good instructor. Make your practice time as realistic as possible.

Set up your rig exactly as you would in the field in respect to your line, leader and fly. If you are going to be fishing with a weighted fly, practice with one! Practice when it is windy. Don’t worry about throwing a whole fly line, focus on accuracy in the 20 -70 foot range. Don’t practice repeat casts, start at the ready position with your fly in hand and get the fly to the target with a minimum of false casts. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

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, 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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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Freshwater Fly Fishing

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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Topics: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks

12 Tips For Taking Better Fly Fishing Photos

Posted by yellowdog on May 30, 2017 12:04:00 PM

We recognize that there are a lot of great fishing and outdoor photographers out there, and over the years, we have studied and learned a lot from some of the best in the business. Shooters like Brian O'Keefe, Denver Bryan, Terry Gunn, and many others have been delivering great fishing images for years, and their talent and consistency is amazing.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

Yellow Dog Ambassador Tips: Wil Flack

Posted by Wil Flack on May 30, 2017 12:03:29 PM


Permit and steelhead addict Wil Flack has been living, guiding and working in Belize for the past 15 years. Wil owns Tres Pescados Fly Shop on Ambergris Caye, and recently opened the Belize Permit Club further to the south in Hopkins.  

Wil has fished all over the world, including Tahiti and French Polynesia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Fiji, Venezuela, the Bahamas, Australia, Hawaii, Japan and throughout the US West and Canada. He was featured in the 2013 Confluence Films project, Waypoints, searching for jungle payara and eating barbecued jungle rat with his friend Oliver White. When you finish up a day of fishing with Wil, he’ll gladly take a gin and tonic – with two olives.

As part of the Yellow Dog Ambassador team, Wil hosts and leads trips, works with Yellow Dog clients, assists with consumer shows and events, and promotes Yellow Dog’s full range of offerings. He also works with the Yellow Dog team in an advisory capacity, helping to develop and explore new destinations, evaluating existing operations and working with the Yellow Dog team to expand our full range of services.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

Tipping Your Guide | Yellow Dog Refresher

Posted by Greg Bricker on May 30, 2017 12:00:58 PM

Gregg Bricker | Freestone Fly Fishing Outfitters, Montana

It goes without saying that guide gratuities can be an unnecessarily awkward subject.  In the fishing world, tipping your guide after a day on the water has become standard practice, and many anglers are unclear about what amount is appropriate. It is totally reasonable to tip for your guided fishing services, the same as if you were in a restaurant – 10% -20% depending on the level of service.

As is the case in any service scenario, tipping is simply recognition of a job well done.  Did your guide pick you up early and stay late?  Did your guide work hard or simply “go through the motions”?  Did you catch the best fish of your life?  Did you catch the most fish you ever have in a single outing?  Did your guide go above and beyond to connect with you so that you “clicked”, and feel that you started developing what could become a mutually beneficial long term relationship?  These are the questions you must ask yourself when considering how much to tip your guide. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

Yellow Dog Ambassador Tips: Jako Lucas

Posted by Jako Lucas on May 30, 2017 12:00:23 PM


Paging through the 2017 Angling Travel Guide, you've likely noticed tips from our Ambassador team spaced throughout the catalog. We’re firm believers that “insider knowledge” can make or break a trip, and are always keen to share those little tidbits that will make your travel even better.

Our Ambassador team consists of five of the most interesting, accomplished, and adventurous anglers in the game. In addition to hosting and leading trips, working with Yellow Dog clients, assisting with consumer shows and events, and promoting Yellow Dog’s full range of offerings, these talented individuals also work with the Yellow Dog team in an advisory capacity, helping develop and explore new destinations, evaluating existing operations and working with the Yellow Dog team to expand our full range of services. 

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Topics: Tips and Tricks

Recommendations On Selecting The Right Saltwater Fly | Part 3

Posted by Ian Davis on May 30, 2017 11:59:43 AM

In part one and two of this collection on selecting the right flies for the saltwater, we talked a lot about size, color and weight of your flies – especially when it comes to bonefish and permit patterns. For tarpon, you will obviously want to apply different standards, and a basic selection of 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0 flies in a variety of colors will cover the majority of situation encountered just about anywhere in the Caribbean (outside of the Florida Keys!)

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Topics: Saltwater Fly Fishing, Tips and Tricks