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"Egging" 101

Sep 28, 2020

How to catch trout and char in search of a high-protein meal.

Egging is above and beyond one of the most effective fall strategies for targeting trout and char following salmon upstream on their spawning journey. Oftentimes fish will be found sitting directly behind spawning Chinook or Sockeye salmon, and today's episode covers a few proven "egging" strategies and tips!


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5 Knots Every Trout Fisherman Needs to Know

Sep 27, 2020

5 knots that will serve you over the long haul.

Is knot tying an area you find confusing? Luckily, you don't have to know it all. You simply need a small handful of knots for a few different applications that will serve you over the long term. Today's episode talks 5 knots that every trout fisherman needs to know (and a bonus one!)


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Choosing Flies that Catch Fish with the SELFBACTD Method

Sep 26, 2020

What if you had a system that allowed you to quickly choose a fly that was actually going to work?

The SELFBACTD method is something I developed a while back, and one that can definitely assist in helping you choose the right flies, regardless where you are or what you're fishing for. By assessing a short list of factors, we can better consider the size, profile, colour and weight of the fly we are about to choose. 

The SELFBACTD Method looks something like this:

Food source
Behavioural tendencies
Angling pressure

I've fallen so in love with this formula that I even decided to write a book about it, which is almost done! More details on that in the near future...


Jordan Oelrich
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Fall Stillwater Tactics

Sep 25, 2020

Actionable tips for the fall stillwater fly fishing season.

Today marks day 16 (!!) of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, and it has been such a great time sharing this knowledge over the past few weeks. Today we discuss stillwater fly fishing tactics in the fall months of September, October and even into November. Fish will forage voraciously in shallow water in search of staple food sources, and the fall can provide some of the year's most exciting fishing. 


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Fishing a Stonefly Hatch Effectively

Sep 24, 2020

Few experiences in fly fishing hold a candle to the excitement of boiling fish during a stonefly emergence. 


Dry fly fishing is, without a doubt, what draws so many freshwater anglers each year to fish moving waters. Watching a trout in excess of two feet in length poke their nose above the surface to vacuum down an unsuspecting insect never gets old. 

To go one step further would be to say that fishing a prolific Golden Stonefly hatch may be the epitome of dry fly fishing in itself. Today's episode talks a multitude of strategies and tactics for successfully fishing to fish that are looking up and keyed in during a stonefly emergence. 


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Adding Casting Distance WITHOUT Increased Effort

Sep 23, 2020

What's the #1 thing people do to try and cast further?

They apply more effort! More effort, when applied at the appropriate time during the casting stroke, is a great thing and can certainly add distance when needed. However, a great casting stroke is built on timing. 

Watch some of the greatest casters in the world, and the fluidity of their stroke along with their ability to properly time the backcast transitioning into the forward cast are what make them so proficient. 

Today's episode marks day 14 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, and discusses three actionable tips for increasing the distance in your casting stroke. 


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Dealing with Varying Clarity, Barometer & LIght

Sep 22, 2020

Dealing with the hand we are dealt is part of fly fishing. 

Varying water conditions can be a tricky game sometimes. Today's episode marks day 13 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, if this is your first time here I'd like to say welcome! Today's episode talks about how to navigate changes in water clarity, barometric pressure, and light conditions. Oftentimes our fly selection and fishing tactics can vary greatly depending on the conditions we are dealt at any given time. 


In case you missed it, I'm opening up a 2nd (and final) intake of the Fly Fishing Fundamentals Deep Dive program. If you are looking to 10x your knowledge and confidence in the water, this transformative 5-week live program is a great place to start. Click here to put your name on the waitlist! 
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3 Tactics for Better Streamer Fishing

Sep 21, 2020

Three actionable tips for streamer fishing success.

Is there anything more fun than watching your favourite predator species high-tail it after a fly that is the length of a garter snake, and the circumference of a zucchini? Predator species love to chase down their food, but sometimes even the most aggressive of species can use a little coaxing.

Today marks day 12 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Education, and we are talking three (and a half) tactics for increasing your streamer fishing success. This was a popular topic I noticed as I spent several months surveying over 800 anglers from across North America, and even Europe. 

Lastly, due to high demand, enrolments for a 2nd intake of the Fly Fishing Fundamentals Deep Dive program will be opening October 1st. If you're looking to make a serious upgrade on your fly fishing knowledge, skillset and expertise, this program is a great place to start. 


Click here for more info on the Fly Fishing Fundamentals Deep...

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Understanding Fly Retrieval Speed

Sep 20, 2020

When to speed up, or slow down the retrieve of your fly. 

Having the right fly on the end of your line is important, but knowing how fast or slow that fly should be fished depending on conditions can be even more imperative. Factors such as water temperature, fish behaviour, and the insect or invertebrate you are attempting to imitate can play a huge part in the retrieval speed. 

Today's episode covers a short list of actionable things to consider when you are looking at how fast the fly should be fished. Don't forget that oftentimes it is the manner in which the fly is fished, that can be just as important as the pattern itself. 


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3 Tips for Approaching a New Lake

Sep 19, 2020

Approaching a new lake can be a tricky deal. 

So why do many people show up at a brand new lake and seemingly have no issue at all? This is because they have developed a blueprint over time, and know exactly what to look for when approaching a new waterbody. 

New lakes can be daunting, but your confidence levels can improve quickly with the three actionable steps mentioned in todays episode of the Fly Fish University Podcast. 

Today marks day 10 of 21 Days of Fly Fishing Educationand a quick thank you to everybody for your amazing comments and emails is definitely due! Find today's episode below, and I'll see you tomorrow morning.


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