Fortress Lake Wilderness Retreat  

The only good thing about the end of a stay at Fortress Lake Wilderness Retreat is knowing you’ll experience the soul-stirring flight through the Rocky Mountains again, this time in the other direction. Otherwise you’ll wish you could stay just one more day – okay, maybe 2 or 3 more- sleeping beneath 10,000-ft. Chisel Peak, and drinking in all you can of the exquisite wilderness setting and the best fly fishing for big brook trout west of Labrador.

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Fly Fusion Cast Like a Pro Series: Accuracy

Fly Fusion Field Editor Jeff Wagner and fly-fishing icon Bruce Richards cover various topics in this informative fly-casting series that is packed full of cast-changing tips.

In this Episode Bruce Richards discusses tips to improve your fly casting accuracy so you can land your fly right on target.

RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards

Another great video entry  for the RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards.  Good work @happy_on_the_fly!

Theres still time to vote and to enter!  Hop on over to and check out the great prizes that are up for grabs for the overall winner.  And don’t forget, whoever wins will have a special inclusion in the 2019 International Fly Fishing Film Festival which is screened at over 120 locations worldwide to thousands upon thousands of eager fly anglers!


The RIO “Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards” is an opportunity for amateur fly fishing film makers to showcase this wonderful sport by entering a short film into this online film competition. Your submission could be a short story, a documentary, a collection of awesome shots, or even a clip from your cellphone that you feel deserves to be seen. Let your creativity be your guide! The rules are quite simple – make a 3-minute or less fly fishing film, and enter your film to be judged by the RIO panel, and by like-minded fly fishing enthusiasts on a variety of social media outlets.

The Buffet Series

The Buffet Series: A fly-fishing journey that began over a year ago is being launched! Ten different locations, countless species, in freshwater, saltwater, and warm water. A new series from Capture Adventure Media. The first episode, BWO Buffet, now available on Fly Fusion Streaming!

The Unseen Waters

When asked about their future careers, many kids give one of a few common responses: doctor, athlete, astronaut, scientist. But when I was a kid there was something different in my mind – something that’s still there. My thoughts were gripped by stories of harsh and unforgiving landscapes in Alaska and northern Canada. Secretly I dreamed of exploring wild, undiscovered lakes and rivers full of giant fish that took my flies freely. My heart ached to search out places untouched, unspoiled and un-fished.

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The Lost Art of the Wet Fly | Dana Harrison

Fly tying, like many arts, has entered a phase of modernization. New space-age materials have led to unbelievably realistic designs that have captivated the fly-tying community. Thus, certain flies are beginning to disappear, as their popularity declines alongside their aging tiers.

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Bob Reece’s Beefcake Stone

As the winter snows of the Rocky Mountains begin to thaw, a change is set in motion. The landscape breaks loose and emerges from a crisp exoskeleton of winter. For many fly fishers the pinnacle of this yearly change is the transformation of Pteronarcys californica – the stonefly known as the salmonfly – into its adult form. Most fly fishers have some familiarity with spring salmonfly hatches that proclaim the beginning of the new season on many of western North America’s freestone rivers and streams. While the salmonfly hatch is one of fly fishing’s most compelling events, success during this time is not guaranteed and often depends on the design of your flies.
When creating the Beefcake Stone, I spent extensive time observing the naturals from both above and below the water. This provided me with an accurate picture of the insect’s visual and behavioural traits. The exoskeletons of adult salmon flies display a subtle sheen so I selected a tying material that was capable of producing the same effect in my imitations. With a combination of buoyancy and reflectivity, Wapsi’s Loco Foam is the perfect material. In addition to its gloss, its laminated coating reduces flexibility. This allows for more realistic body segmentation.

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A Guide’s Advice

Tip #2 for the Guide: Servant Heart

Hands down, the best guides I know on the river are those who truly care and serve their clients.  Having a servant heart means leaving your ego at the door. Being cognitive to your clients needs in every aspect of their experience is so important and knowing that your actions are serving your client will help shape your attitude throughout the day.  The best compliment that I receive from my clients, is when they tell me that they felt we took care of them all day!  Approach your day with a WE not a ME attitude.

Photo & Tips: Dana Lattery @flyfishingbowriver

A Guide’s Advice –

Tip #1 for the Client: Manage Expectations

So, now we know that when you are booking a guided trip, the outfitter should ask you what you want out of your trip. And wether it your first trip or your 100th, this is a very important step to making your trip successful! Yes, it’s a fishing trip, but the outfitter needs to know what’s important to you so they can properly prepare and design your trip to meet your needs.

Discuss your skill level, special skills you are fine-tuning, fishing styles or species you are targeting.   And, just because you went over these when booking your trip, don’t assume your guide is aware.  This is your most important conversation of the day.  Don’t get in that boat without having gone over your expectations!