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Fly fishing in tough conditions

Rising water means few rising trout
Posted: 3:53 PM, Apr 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-10 21:53:02Z

On last week's Idaho Back Roads, master fly tyer Nate Brumley showed me how to tie a colored emerger.

My pattern was not nearly as good as his, but he agreed to try to catch a fish on it.

But the river is rising, and the fish are not.

After several hours of fishing, Nate lands two nice brown trout, and I bring only one fish to the surface, but fail to hook it.

And no, he doesn't catch either fish on the fly I tied.

Nate's website includes regular blogs on fishing conditions around the region.