Tips from the AVA pros
Just a few tips, pointers and observations that might help make you a better fly fisher. If not, maybe we helped make you chuckle.

When streamer fishing make sure to crimp your barbs, they pull out of your guides ear a lot better.

When float fishing make sure to cast streamers down stream, it helps control the presentation and give you a second chance at that monster brown that boiled your fly.

Float Fishing Rod Length
When float fishing we feel that a 9 foot rod is a little more effective than a shorter rod. Casting distance, accuracy, line control and mending all benefit from the extra length. Not to say shorter rods will not get the job done, but it just helps to go longer.

Polarized Shades
Polarized sunglasses cut down on more glare than regular shades. Plus they help you spot trout and locate rocks and structure that lie just under the surface.

The River within the River
Try not to go straight for the deke (sweet spot) in a river. Fish all the water thoughtfully and carefully. Many big fish will move into the shallows to feed, especially during a hatch. Be patient, observant and work all the water before presenting your fly to what you might think is the fishiest water.

Fishing a creek is not necessarily technical, but there are a few challenges. First thing to consider is the fact that a lot of creek fish live in gin-clear water and are relatively spooky. To help your chances on spooky trout keep a low profile, wear natural colored clothing and lay your line down softly. Second thing to consider, creek fish will typically give you one shot on a dry fly. If you want to increase your hookups, tie a bead-head dropper on the back of your dry fly. 15 to 30 inches should do. Use the dry fly as a strike indicator.