Posts by Brad Trumbo

Tenkara Smallmouth

Tenkara Angling for Big-Water Smallmouth

Since discovering tenkara fly-fishing a few years ago, I don’t travel much without a tenkara rod. Tenkara rods are telescopic, collapsing down to about eighteen inches and only require a fly line, leader, and a handful of your favorite flies. Minimal gear and super simple. Absolutely liberating after years of carrying a minimum of four […]

iced over yellow perch

Traditional Tactics for Iced-over Yellow Perch

I am not sure what allure ice fishing or yellow perch had on me, but both suckered me in quickly. A high-mountain reservoir contained yellow perch near my Appalachian home town, but I could never quite connect with them like folks who knew the lake better than I. They were forbidden fruit. So, when I […]

Pinks on the Fly

Every angler venturing to Alaska in search of salmon on the fly dreams vividly of aggressive coho or chum trouncing a streamer being ripped across the river. Day and night dreams of beautiful roll casts, colorful marabou and bunny streamers wafting brilliantly through prime holding water, and a shark-like wake split by a speckled dorsal […]

fishing poles, lake fishing

Down-rigging for Spring Kokanee

Peering over the gunnel of a 24-foot Wooldridge, the high snow-capped peaks towered over the cold blue of Lake Chelan, Washington. Whitecaps broke and lapped at the shoreline as high gusts blew a fine spray off the top like dust from a table. Five of us cast shifty glances, kicked gravel, and hoped someone else […]

Sierra Gold Hero

Sierra Gold : Striking it Rich

I would put money on the fact that anyone addicted to mountains and adipose fins has, at some point, dreamed of landing a true golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) in California’s Sierra Nevada range. Personally, I have obsessed about it for years. California golden trout are native to only two stream systems on the eastern […]

Silver Salmon Trophy Fish

Think Pink for Silver Salmon on the Fly

My first trip to Alaska began with the simple goal of catching salmon on the fly. The silver (coho) runs can be excellent, so some friends and I planned around southeast Alaska silvers. In the months ahead, I studied fly patterns and techniques intensely. Much of the information suggested pink flies were a sure bet, […]