Read “Everything You Need To Know About Fly Fishing in Small Streams” at Field & Stream Online

My newest article, “Everything You Need To Know About Fly Fishing in Small Streams” is now live in the Fishing section of the Field & Stream website. This primer will help you get geared up, review basic flies, tell you how to find viable water (no spot burning!) and cover fundamental small stream tactics. I’ll ask you all to do me (and the resource) a favor: Please go barbless, keep photos to a minimum, and keep those precious wild fish wet. Thank you, and thanks for reading.

Small stream pro tip: when I’m fishing a long, languid run with a dry fly, I like to take position well upstream. By feeding line into the drift, I can cover likely holding areas, and not have to worry about spooking fish with a line slap or the movement of the fly rod. While it wasn’t possible in this run, I also like to stay out of the water as much as I can. Photo credit to Cam Culton!

6 comments on “Read “Everything You Need To Know About Fly Fishing in Small Streams” at Field & Stream Online

  1. Alan Petrucci says:

    I’ve floated a few flies in that spot…lovely.

  2. Ronald Ragaini says:

    Nice article, Steve

  3. Brian Larson says:

    nice article. I follow a blog from out there on blue line fishing. Recently he comment about being out with a friend and the friend was getting more hook ups or at least fewer misses. they discussed it and it came down to using size 10 hooks.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Thanks, Brian. I’ve found just the opposite to be true where I fish. If you want more hookups, you’ve got to go smaller. Using that knowledge, I sometimes use a bigger hook on purpose to discourage hookups. A 10 would be gigantic on the streams I fish!

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