Garth’s Fishing Trips

  • Here are some things to consider about fishing

    Fish and the Five Senses We can all appreciate that seasonal changes affect fish to vary in their location, mood and energy levels. But have you ever considered that in the same way humans use their sense fish do too? Fish actually use their sight, hearing, smell and touch/taste more than you may realize. Let’s…

  • Catching Fish

  • Matching the Hatch

    While recently fishing with a couple of very good friends Darrell Roskelly and Scott Smith we discovered that the trout were full of scuds and large brown leeches. Scott immediately tied on his favorite leech pattern (#8 brown crystal buggar) and ended up catching the largest trout of his life (9lbs.). Scott put the fly…

  • What’s Going on Around You

    One of my all-time favorite movies is Shane. It was filmed in the beautiful Teton Mountains near Jackson Hole Wyoming. In the beginning of the movie, Shane notices that Little Joe (a young boy) had been watching him ride his horse for a long time and finally Shane rides up to little Joe and asked…

  • Spooking the Big One

    While fishing with a couple of good friends, Darrell Roskelly and Scott Smith. I noticed one of them had a 3 foot bright orange piece of backing tied to the fly line as his butt section. He also was using a very short piece of leader tied to the butt section allowing only 2 feet…

  • Have a Game Plan and Follow It

    A good friend of mine Marv Taylor, who has fished Stillwater for many years, was telling me about the importance of having a game plan. He said many fishermen make a big mistake fishing a new lake they haven’t fished before by not having a game plan. If there is no fish feeding on the…

  • New Fly Bags Large Fish

    New fly sets lake record. Denny’s new Black Callibaetis pattern proved deadly on trophy trout. 24 1/2 lbs. 23 lbs. 17 lbs. Denny was using the Cortland Clear Camo line fishing close to shore in 5-6 feet of water. Contact Denny for more information on the Black Callibaetis. Mail: Denny Rickards CRYSTAL CREEK ANGLERS Box…

  • Have a Game Plan and Follow It

    A good friend of mine Marv Taylor, who has fished Stillwater for many years, was telling me about the importance of having a game plan. He said many fishermen make a big mistake fishing a new lake they haven’t fished before by not having a game plan. If there is no fish feeding on the…

  • My Top Ten Producing Patterns

    When using these lake patterns and you are unable to catch fish with them, consider a couple of things. 1. Am I fising to fish? Am I convinced that when I make a cast that the fish are seeing my fly? If not, then move to an area that holds fish. 2. Am I fishing…

  • Drifting Above The Moss

    A method that is proving out to be very deadly is to tie a leech pattern on a 90o jig head hook. I use marabou or Canadian hair dubbing products when tying on all my leech patterns. Tie in some rubber legs to create more movement on the fly. A jig head hook will allow…

  • Wind Drifting

    Fish in lakes are usually scattered early in the fishing season. Later on as lakes warm and weed beds form, fish will start to congregate in specific areas. They are creatures of habit and seem to return to certain areas year after year. A method that is very effective early in the year is allowing…

  • Barometric Pressure

    Here are a few simple things to remember about how barometric pressure effects fishing We know barometric pressure is the measure of the weight of atmosphere above us and it actually effects how well people feel and the pressure on water effects fish even more and their feeding habits. A barometer measures the weight of…

  • Fish Weight Formula

    This is a tried and proven way of knowing just how much your fish weights. For rainbow trout you measure how long your fish is from the tip of the nose to the center of the tail. You also measure the girth of the fish. Now you simple plug these figures into this formula. (…

  • Choosing Lakes

    A few things to remember when choosing a lake to catch a trophy fish. There are three elements to consider 1. Size 2. Depths 3. Water temperature Deep high mountain lakes are generally colder, acidic and offer fewer aquatic insects options. The main diet for trout in this type of lake involves minnow fry, sculpins…

  • Pursuit of Trophy Trout

    When fishing on bright days or near the surface, I always use fluorocarbon tippet material. Monofilament nylons reflect light, but fluorocarbon lines absorb light which means the fluorocarbon is less visible and there is no reflection to spook the fish. The deeper you are fishing, the less important fluorocarbon’s advantage become. This also holds true…

  • Keeping Flies In The Zone

    Trout never feed below the level they are holding because they can’t see your fly. Use a fly line that will keep your fly at or above the zone they are holding in. If the trout aren’t biting, it could be your line is sinking the fly to deep for the trout to see. Most…

  • Fishing Weed Beds

    When fishing a lake, I’m continually looking for weed beds. Weed beds are prime areas for locating trout because they often contain the three essentials for trout to survive which are food, cover and oxygen. Place your floating craft in a position that allows you to cast parallel to the weed bank. Many fish will…

  • Fishing Journal

    Something that has become invaluable to me over many years of chasing trophy trout is maintaining a fishing journal during each year. When you get as old as I am, you may not remember things quit as well. A journal will help you remember key features of Still-water, the fly patterns that worked, the best…