Hopper fishing is possibly the most exciting of all terrestrial fishing (photo: Louis Cahill).

The amount of useful information available to fly fisherman today is astounding. Folks with years of experience and expertise provide a veritable fountain of wisdom on virtually every topic that relates to fly fishing. The three reads highlighted below offer insightful information on a variety of early summer topics.

Terrestrials and the Weather

Terrestrial season has come to many areas across the country, but not to all. Knowing when, where and how to fish terrestrials will not only increase your chances of success, but may even offer up the opportunity to start your terrestrial fishing a bit earlier than you'd normally expect. Given that fishing terrestrials can be one of the most fun and exciting ways to take fish on the surface, this is good news for all. Kent Klewein from Gink and Gasoline covers how weather and other conditions affect the timing and tactics of terrestrial fishing.

Stealing away to the Southern Appalachians.

Every so often I find myself in a particularly lousy mood without knowing exactly why. In 99 percent of these cases, I have discovered the answer. It’s because I haven’t been up in north Georgia or east Tennessee recently enough, chasing the trout around.

With equal frequency, my non-angling friends ask me what’s the big about fly-fishing? While the adventure, the testing of one’s skills and the prospect of learning new things is allure enough, I have discovered that the answer for me is simple. It is the most restorative thing for my soul.

It all starts with getting there: at least out of Atlanta on a day or weekend trip. The smooth, speed limit transition out of the urban areas, through the suburbs, exurbs, and the gradual climb farther up into the southern Appalachian mountains is one long exhale after another into a slower heart rate and a clearer mind. Ah, there’s the Forest Service road. Six more miles at 15 miles per hour to go.

A pretty brookie, belly full of cicadas, that took a cicada fished through a small riffle as darkness closed in.

As mentioned in an article last week, In Search of Cicadas, this year's periodical cicada emergence has turned out to be a highly localized affair. Still, fishermen that have sought out these big bugs have sometimes been rewarded with epic days of top water fishing. Although cicada fishing is winding down in some parts of the east coast, time to enjoy this rare opportunity still exists for many easterners, especially those in the northern range of the Brood II emergence. Should you venture out in search of cicadas, and we highly recommend that you do, make the most of it by fishing your cicadas fast.

While out for a couple days of cicada fishing this past week, both on the same stream that is characterized by long stretches of flat or slack water punctuated by relatively short riffle sections, I was struck by how literally every single one of the dozen or so other fly casters I enountered were fishing cicadas through the slack water areas. Me, on the other hand? I barely touched those areas, sticking solely to fishing foam lines and seams in the riffles and runs and only casting into slow moving water when it overlaid a deep hole that looked too good to pass up.

The new Sage EVOKE in bronze/platinum.

In addition to its two new rod series, the METHOD and MOTIVE series, Sage has also introduced three new reels to its lineup. The first, the EVOKE, is an all new reel design Sages says "push[es] the boundaries of innovative reel designs." The other two, the new 4200 and 3200 reels, leverages designs from Sage's existing reel series in an effort to offer more afforable, budget-friendly options for prospective customers.

Sage Evoke in Bronze/Platinum
The new Sage EVOKE in bronze/platinum.

The EVOKE is an all new, big-game reels series from Sage that features a modified full frame design. The upper part of the frame is closed while the lower half of the frame exposes both sides of the spool to allow anglers to palm the reel. The EVOKE reels use the same sealed carbon system drag design as Sage’s popular 6000 series reels, offering 39 distinct drag settings.

As the EVOKE is intended for larger species, it will be available solely in 8 through 10 weights. The 8-weight reel retail price is $575, the 10-weight retails for $595 and the spools retail for $275 and $295, respectively. Both reels will be available in August 2013.

Sage's new budget-friendly MOTIVE series of saltwater rods.

Yesterday, Sage announced two new series of fly rods. The first was the new ultra-fast METHOD series. The second was an entirely new series of saltwater fly rods designed, according to Sage, to make salt-specific fly gear more accessible to the growing ranks of fly fishermen looking to chase saltwater fish.

Sage MOTIVE Fly Rod
Sage's new budget-friendly MOTIVE series of saltwater rods.

The MOTIVE series features an all new taper designed to deliver fast line speeds and, perhaps more importantly, load quickly -- often a must when sight fishing for saltwater species where expending precious time picking up line and false casting is a no-no.