Fighting Big Fish by Dave Whitlock Fly Fishing and Tying Journal Fall 2007
The successful conclusion of landing a really nice trophy fish on a fly can make our day, our year, or even be the fish of a lifetime …or it can break our heart if it’s lost. For over 70 years I’ve had a large shar of both experiences with fish of my own, our students and our friends. Here are some things I’ve learned to help cope with these rare occasions.
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By Dave & Emily Whitlock Fly Fisherman Magazine Feb-Mar 2015
Temperate bass are a family of five gamefish that are strong, incredibly aggressive and beautiful fly-eating prizes. They are found in many parts of the United States in both still and flowing water ….
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By Dave Whitlock Fly Fisherman Magazine July 1991.
In 49 or our 50 states warm and cool-water panfish are more widespread and more eager to bite than trout or bass. And there’s so much more to catching them than you can imagine.
Whitlock Emerger System – Top to Bottom
By Dave & Emily Whitlock · Fly Fisherman Magazine – Fly Fishing Made Easy 2015
Most of us remember times when a stream appeared totally devoid of fish, then a “hatch” began and the river boiled with rising trout. When trout see these aquatic insects emerging from the stream bottom and swimming up toward the surface, they have an instinctual and aggressive feeding response. Read more
My ‘Secret’ Fly Line
Easier casting and stealthy presentations with clear intermediate fly lines
By Dave & Emily Whitlock Fly Fisherman Magazine Gear Guide 2013
The sight of a fly line in the air or on or below the water is often a disturbing sight to fish. Distract a fish that you want to grab your fly and it’s an almost sure thing that it will forget eating even before your fly reaches the water. So, in certain situations, it makes sense to use a colorless fly line to reduce chances of disturbing your quarry. Read more…
Traditional Wet-fly Tactics
By Dave & Emily Whitlock · Fly Fisherman Magazine November · 2011
Sometimes it can be just as rewarding and stimulating to experience history and tradition, as it is to discover something new. About ten years ago my fly-fishing enjoyment and success was significantly improved when a close friend, Davy Wotton, introduced me to the fascinating methods and flies of traditional wet-fly fishing. Surprisingly, this method is as effective and enjoyable as any current, popular fly-fishing technique. Read more…
Stalking the Golden Ghost
by Dave Whitlock · July 1998 · Fly Fisherman Magazine
Let’s create a super-fish for fly fishing in the 21st Century. It should be smart, selective, strong, fast, almost indestructible, and plentiful in clod, cool, warm, and tropical waters from coast to coast and border to border. This super-fish should never need stocking, must coexist peacefully with other game fish, feed on flies from top to bottom, and be as colorful as a Snake River cutthroat. Such a mysterious wonder-fish would be as valuable as gold, so we should call it something special; how about the “Golden Ghost?” Read more…