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Chapter Nine: Prospecting for Trout

The best techniques and expert advice for exploring new water

Advanced Fly Fishing Video Lessons From Orvis - Prospecting for Trout Chapter 9

What do you do on unfamiliar rivers when you don’t have a guide? Where do you start? What flies do you pick? What kind of water should you look for? Should you work upstream or down? This chapter will give you some tips on how to get started—and then where you go from there is up to you. Exploration is part of the fun.

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