If you could only fish one stream...


said on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I'd fish the Madison in MT, hands-down. There's not a week of the year that I don't love fishing that river. From midge-fishing in the winter to chucking salmonflies in the summer. I can't get enough of the Madison.

said on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

A little creek that runs from the base of Calder Mountain into the Pacific on Prince of Wales Island... big, fat Dolly Varden lurk in the deep holes during the salmon runs, and they can't resist a bright streamer stripped madly through the tea-colored water. It's my favorite place in all the world, and I'll go back again, and again... and my ashes will be scattered there, if I have anything to say about it.

said on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I love the smaller brook trout streams in our little corner of the world, but after fishing Colorado and catching more/bigger fish on average than our BIG fish, I realize that our streams are lacking more efforts in conservation and habitat improvement. Why should we be happy with 7-8" brookies? only big brownies deep into the night? It seems as soon as a fish reaches 'keeper' size, they often end up going home for dinner with some cole slaw. MOre work and changing the public mentality that a slot limit is a beneficial tool for the health of a river. I shall stop now, and wait for a future post for this topic....

said on Friday, September 6th, 2013

Wow, that's tough--I'd probably choose the Conejos River in southern Colorado, which is just a beautiful place to fish, especially in the fall, without many crowds, and with lots of little creeks to explore. You could spend a lifetime right here. . . 

said on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Well, I would hope you would include any tributaries ;-)

My choice would be the Hoagland Branch of Elk Creek in the Loyalsock watershed of northcentral Pa. It's where I learned to fish and still return when I need to re-charge and remember what being outdoors is all about.

said on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

I'd take the Yellowstone River from its source in Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone Park all the way to its confluence with the Missouri.  I love the way the Yellowstone changes character and offers such a wide variety of species and fishing opportunities from the spectacular Yellowstone cutthroat in its upper reaches to the "Yellowstone Grand Slam" of Yellowstone cutts, rainbow and brown trout, and the underappreciated Mountain Whitefish in the Paradise Valley down Columbus, MT.  Then throw in the warm water species that inhabit the river downstream of Billings which includes the pre-historic Paddlefish, and you have one heck of a river.  Plus, if you include the fishing in the tributaries like Soda Butte, Slough Creek, the Lamar, the Paradise Valley spring creeks Armstrong, Nelson's, and Depuy's, the Shields, the Boulder, the Stillwater, the Bighorn, well, I rest my case... :)  

said on Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Pretty hard to do any better than the Truckee River, between the Town of Truckee and Fernley, Nevada. Not the most scenic water (I-80 and well-used railroad tracks run close to the river in this reach), but it's got all kinds of trout water and the hatches to match. Plus, this river's big 'bows and browns hammer crayfish patterns.  Tough, technical fishing at times but an amazing river for fly fishing.  And I won't even mention the Truckee's killer tribs -- whoops.

said on Monday, September 30th, 2013

I gotta say I'd be content with the Gunnison. Defiantly have to mix it up if it was for the rest of my life, maybe even sneak up a trib or two. Well, I bet there is enough boulder hopping to do in the Black Canyon, maybe I wouldn't have to cheat.

said on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

I do believe I'd have to choose the Youghiogheny River in southwest PA. Great seasonal hatches, fantastic wild and native trout, and a myriad of other species to chase, even muskie. Not to mention its big enough that you could change places often so you wouldn't get burned out of any one place.


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