This week, we’re talking about a spectacle of nature that happens every year in the Rockies in June—the salmonfly hatch. This is a giant stonefly that excites big trout and fly fishers—but it’s difficult to plan for and not as easy to fish as you might imagine. John Way of The Tackle Shop in Ennis, the oldest fly shop in Montana, gives his tips on the life cycle of this giant stonefly, how to fish the hatch, and how to avoid some of the inevitable drift boat traffic the hatch attracts. If you are planning a trip to the Rockies soon, this is one you won’t want to miss.

In the Fly Box this week, we have these questions and comments:

  • How do I catch the big trout I see on Instagram?  I never see them myself when I am on the river.
  • How long before stocked trout tune into feeding on natural foods?
  • If I accidentally kill a fish in a catch and release section, should I try to keep it to eat or just let it die?
  • Is there an advantage to tying my second nymph to the eye of the first fly? When should I do this?
  • When is a drop-shot rig better than conventional weight on the leader?
  • Should I get a 5-weight or 6-weight rod for fishing indicator rigs on a windy lake?
  • What fly materials are fairly universal and can for used for a variety of patterns?
  • Why did I see some big trout in a tributary to a larger trout stream?
  • A special tutorial on how to open a pair of forceps (you won’t want to miss this one!)
  • How do we get younger people involved in organizations like Trout Unlimited?

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