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Life on the water. Troutbitten is a deep dive into fly fishing for wild trout in wild places. Author and guide, Domenick Swentosky, shares stories, tips, tactics and conversations with friends about fly fishing through the woods and water. Explore more. Fish hard. And discover fly fishing at Troutbitten.com — an extensive resource with 750+ articles about trout, friends, family and the river.

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Life on the water. Troutbitten is a deep dive into fly fishing for wild trout in wild places. Author and guide, Domenick Swentosky, shares stories, tips, tactics and conversations with friends about fly fishing through the woods and water. Explore more. Fish hard. And discover fly fishing at Troutbitten.com — an extensive resource with 750+ articles about trout, friends, family and the river.

    Angle and Approach -- Tight Line and Euro Nymphing Skills, #1

    Angle and Approach -- Tight Line and Euro Nymphing Skills, #1

    Season two of the Troutbitten podcast comes in a new format. It's a mini-series of connected episodes that build out a set of specific tactics. The topic for this first skills series is the Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing, and I'm joined by my friend, Austin Dando.
    (Season three will return to my full panel of friends, with longer form discussion about all things fly fishing.)
    These episodes are short, deeply tactical and packed with the how-to of just one technique -- a tightly focused look at one topic. Each episode is intertwined or woven together with the others that surround it. By the end of this skills series, you’ll have a detailed picture of the tactics — and hopefully a thorough understanding of what’s possible on the water.
    Think of a Troutbitten Skills series as a course in one topic or one aspect of fly fishing, with different sections that eventually build a full set of knowledge.
    Nine for Nine
    I recently published the last chapter in the nine skills essential for tight line and euro nymphing. Now, we're taking each of these skills and building a podcast around them. The article series and the podcast series go hand in hand.
    Why?
    Tight line and euro nymphing is very popular right now. Because it’s an efficient system, and it’s fun. But tight line and euro nymphing is misunderstood too. The many different rigs and methods of casting or delivery are what make all of this so interesting, but it’s what leads to confusion and mistaken concepts about what this is and how to get it done.
    These nine skills are critical — they are the foundation for everything else that we do with a Mono Rig -- all the indy styles, dry dropper, streamer fishing, etc.
    Understanding these skills in depth is what allows the advanced angler to make decisions to adapt their own rig and discover their own variations on the tactics.
    Episode One of this skills series is about angle and approach.
    We Cover the Following
    The tight line advantageLimiting the rangeUpstream two and over oneFlies track to the rod tipOne lane -- one seamForty-five to forty-fiveWhen to end the driftThe trouble with casting acrossWading disciplineWater typeResources
    READ: Troutbitten | The Nine Essential Skills for Tight Line and Euro Nymphing
    READ: Troutbitten | Category | The Mono Rig
    READ: Troutbitten | Angle and Approach
    READ: Troutbitten | One Great Nymphing Trick
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    Memories and Fishing Plans

    Memories and Fishing Plans

    Episode 15 is for story telling. And I'm joined by my friends, Bill, Josh, Austin and Trevor to share memories and make a few plans.
    This is the final episode for season one of the Troutbitten Podcast. And at the tail end of this busy year, it's a great time for reflections and resolutions.
    My friends and I share a few lighthearted stories about the dumbest things we've ever done on the river. We also share who and what we miss most from years past. And lastly, we talk about what we want to change most about our fishing lives.
    It's a great discussion that's both introspective and humorous. It's also the perfect way to wrap up season one of the Troutbitten Podcast.


    We Cover the Following
    Dom's snorkeling debacleJosh and Austin, sleeping with the wolf spidersAustin's humble brag on the Blackfoot RiverBill's finger problemsTrevor's costly fall inWhat each of us misses mostWhat each of us plans to change for the coming season

    Resources
    READ: Troutbitten | Category | Stories
    READ: Troutbitten | Your In Too Far Now
    READ: Troutbitten | All the Things
    READ: Troutbitten | How It Started
    READ: Troutbitten | Find Your Rabbit Hole


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Winter Fly Fishing Tips and Tactics

    Winter Fly Fishing Tips and Tactics

    Episode 14 is a deep dive into winter fishing tactics. And I'm joined by my friends, Bill, Josh, Austin and Trevor.
    Because the trout have different habits in the winter, we refine our approach to meet them on their own terms. Is that . . . low and slow? Sure, sometimes. Nymphing is often seen as the go-to approach, but for the winter trout angler who’s attentive, the opportunities for some great streamer action are there too. Even dry flies can be an option if you keep your eyes open.
    Why do so few anglers fish in the winter? Well, honestly, because it’s a challenge that many fishermen are not ready for. And while they might hit the water once or twice, so much is different and . . . difficult, that the results often don’t meet expectations. Then the warm fireplace seems the better option, and the fly rod is leaned in the corner until springtime.
    So, what does it take to catch trout in the winter? That’s what we discuss in this podcast.


    We Cover the Following
    Approach, making a plan and choosing waterFind the feeding fishDo mornings matter?Limestone vs Freestone differencesDo you need to fish midges?The egg biteStreamers in the winterWinter nymph riggingIndicators, and bobber holes
    Resources
    READ: Troutbitten | Category | Winter Fly Fishing
    READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing -- The Go-To Nymphing Rig
    READ: Troutbitten | Winter Fishing -- The Secondary Nymphing Rig
    READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- The System
    READ: Troutbitten | Modern Streamers: Too Much Motion? Are We Moving Them Too Fast ?

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Big Trout From Pennsylvania to Montana -- With Guest, Matt Grobe

    Big Trout From Pennsylvania to Montana -- With Guest, Matt Grobe

    In this episode, I get together with my long time friend, Matt Grobe, for a candid, entertaining, fun and technical discussion about wild trout, big trout, and the differences between the fishing cultures and opportunities available in two of the meccas for trout fishing in the states -- Pennsylvania and Montana.
    Matt has lived and fished hard in both states, and he's been fortunate enough to live a life on the water, not just chasing wild trout, but chasing the big ones. He's always had a knack for turning over the next top tier fish. And in our conversation, Matt offers some great tips for targeting big trout and consistently putting them in the net.
    Matt Grobe is one of the best fishermen that I know. He’s honest and realistic. He values wild trout, and he hates the shortcut. Matt doesn’t fish setups. He earns every trout because he appreciates the experience — the fair chase for wild trout in wild places. He’s a technician on the water, but he’s not competitive. He’s generous but secretive in all the best ways. Matt searches for answers out there, and trout fishing has been part of his life for a long, long time. Matt’s one of my favorite people that I’ve ever shared the water with, and I wish he still lived in Pennsylvania.


    We Cover the Following
    The Crossover TechniqueThe origins of naming two foot trout -- yes, Matt started this nonsenseKey differences between PA and MTWhy Matt focuses on big troutWhy does the quality or the origins of big trout matter?Wild vs stocked in PADo thirty inch trout exist without a setup?Do you need streamers for big trout?Where to target big trout most oftenMatt's windy bugger technique
    Resources
    READ: Troutbitten | From Pennsylvania to Montana and Back
    READ: Troutbitten |  Streamer Presentations -- Crossover Technique
    READ: Troutbitten | Category | The Mono Rig
    READ: Troutbitten | Modern Streamers: Too Much Motion? Are We Moving Them Too Fast ?

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Nymphing Tight Line to the Indicator Style -- Contact Nymphing Principles With An Indy

    Nymphing Tight Line to the Indicator Style -- Contact Nymphing Principles With An Indy

    In Episode 12, my friends and I talk about nymphing tactics — specifically, how we take tight line principles and the tight line advantage over to an indicator nymphing system.
    We know that with refined skills and tactics, we can often make something happen, even on slow days. And there’s really no better way to consistently fool trout — in all conditions — than to get good drifts with a nymph. These small aquatic insects are the primary food source for most trout. And with nymphing skills, we don’t need to wait for rising trout or a streamer bite.
    Being a nymphing angler is a sustainable and successful approach. We can do it all year long — anywhere that trout live.
    So what’s the best way to nymph?
    In this episode, my friends and I dig deep into one of the best ways — a nymphing tactic that I call Tight Line to the Indicator. Because when tight line or euro nymphing fails — for a variety of reasons — the answer, most often, is to take those contact principles — that tight line advantage — and combine it with an indicator system. Because the indy allows us to do things that are simply impossible on a pure tight line.
    So . . . I often make the point, or make this argument, that tight line or contact nymphing tactics can’t be beat — that using the tight line advantage is almost unarguably the best way to get great dead drifts while having control over the course of the flies and great strike detection. But what I mean by that is not just pure tight lining. Because tight line to the indicator style is also part of my system.
    When it’s the best tool for the job, then putting an indy on a tight line rig is a deadly variation. I build my leader to be ready for it. The rod I carry is designed for it. Because tight line to the indicator is a problem solving approach that gets the job done when pure tight lining simply cannot.
    We Cover the Following
    What does this rig look like?What is this Tight line to the indicator approach?Why isn’t this style more popular or well-know?What is so special about going tight line to the indy?When do we use this style?How to line everything up in one seamLanding with contact and withoutIndicator stylesThe downsides of this approachGear for this approachResources
    READ: Troutbitten | Tight Line Nymphing with an Indicator -- A Mono Rig Variant
    READ: Troutbitten | Nymphing Tight Line vs Indicator
    READ: Troutbitten | One Great Nymphing Trick
    READ: Troutbitten | Category | The Mono Rig

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Dealing With Weather and Fighting the Elements

    Dealing With Weather and Fighting the Elements

    Pushing through the tough times — dealing with bad weather and difficult conditions — puts you one step ahead of most anglers. The rivers and the parking lots are empty when the wind is howling, the snow is blowing or it’s pouring rain. Sure, we’d all like to fish the sweetheart days. But the more you learn to fight the elements and win — to have success on the water — the more you long for those tough conditions.
    In this episode, my friends and I talk about fighting the elements. How can we effectively fish through rain, wind, cold weather, ice, snow, hard sun and everything else that nature throws at us?
    There's always some natural element that we're battling out there (usually it’s more than one). And if we don't have a plan for dealing with these elements, we fail.
    None of us spends enough time on the water. For the Troutbitten angler, the draw to the river is ever-present. And we plan for the next trip as the previous one winds down. So we fish when we can. Instead of waiting for the best conditions, the die-hard angler fishes because it’s Sunday, or because it’s Tuesday evening after work, or because it’s Monday morning after dropping the kids off at school. Few of us have the luxury to pick and choose our times on the water, so every angler who wishes to fish, quickly learns to deal with tough conditions.
    Some anglers walk away when the going gets tough. But as we all know, sometimes the best fishing happens in the toughest conditions. So we fish hard. We persevere. We adapt and meet the challenges before us. And quite often, some of our most memorable days happen in these harsh or difficult conditions.
    So my friends are join me to share some tips, some ideas about how to get through the elements and get to the end of the day, not just with trout in the net, but with lasting memories and satisfaction.
    It’s not just about meeting the challenges. And it’s not just about having fewer anglers on the water. It’s the satisfaction of being a complete angler. Because you know you can catch trout in the rain, the snow, the cold or the sun.  Then instead of shying away from tough conditions, you welcome every new day — no matter the weather -- as a chance to go fishing.


    Question and Answer Round
    What are the basic tools needed for fly tying?Does rod balance matter?Why are so many fly anglers also guitar players?Do you most enjoy fishing alone or with a friend?

    Resources
    READ: Troutbitten | Category | Fly Fishing in the Winter
    READ: Troutbitten | Find the best light angles, and see what you're fishing
    READ: Troutbitten | Fly Fishing in the Winter -- Ice In the Guides?
    READ: Troutbitten | How to Wet Wade (The Gear and System)
    READ: Troutbitten | You Stink -- It's the Wader Funk
    READ: Troutbitten | River and Rain


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    • 1 hr 2 min

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JCJY3 ,

Great podcast

I have really been enjoying the podcast. I have been contact nymphing for a few seasons now, and have enjoyed Troutbitten’s written articles for awhile. This podcast has really pushed me to try the mono rig for all fly presentations. I was hesitant at first but after listening to some podcasts, I felt like now I have a basic understanding of how to present streamers on the mono rig, and I really love it. Streamer fishing on a fly line was a lot more difficult to understand what my streamer was doing, and how to make it do what I wanted, but manipulating it with a mono rig makes way more sense.

Anyways, great show, keep it up, and watch your backs, the fly line companies might get you. Also, when I read troutbitten articles, but later watched the YouTube channels and the podcast, why does Dom have a southern accent? Or is that Pennsylvanian? Forgive me, I’m from Canada.

bowrivertrout ,

Great banter

This is a fantastic format where the audience is treated to a variety of opinions from proficient anglers on the same topic. It is great to hear from the primary author of what he likes to do but as well the other guests to. Those other variations gives a variable of ways to do certain tactics.
Great stuff!

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