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The warmer weather this February here in the West has a lot of us thinking about rising trout. What started as a brutal winter with record snowfall is kind of going out with a wimper—I can see the grass on the front lawn here in Idaho Falls for the first time since mid-December, and we're supposed [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY chris_wood ON February 16 - 0 COMMENTS
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By Chris Wood Last week, I published an opinion piece printed in the New York Times asking President Trump to stand up for clean water, and veto Congress’ bill to overturn restrictions on mountaintop removal mining. Unfortunately, that plea failed, as the President signed the misguided law today. [ READ MORE... ]
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My first trip to chase bonefish several years back was a disaster. The Atlantic gales blew through the southern Bahamas, and bones were few and far between. I saw a few, got to cast to one or two and came home after a week without landing a single boneffish. It was horrible. But it steeled my [ READ MORE... ]
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I've always been a fan of tungsten in my fly tying. For some reason, I just tend to cast heavy nymphs and streamers better when the weight is at the fly, instead of pinched onto the line as split shot or paste. It's a personal preference, I suspect, and it works for me. I especially like tungsten [ READ MORE... ]
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Taylor's Sneaky Coyote.   By Mark Taylor   I’m off in a bit on a quest for fly-tying materials.   Usually this mission involves a short drive down to the local Orvis store or nearby Sportsman’s Warehouse.   But this time of year, it means I’m headed to the woods, bow or gun in hand.   I wouldn’t go [ READ MORE... ]
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When I first started tying my own flies, I became infatuated with Atlatic salmon flies, even though, in the heart of Colorado's Arkansas Valley, there wasn't an Atlantic salmon within 2,000 miles that wasn't lyling flat on ice in a grocery store.  There was just something about the art of it all. [ READ MORE... ]
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I'm warming to streamer fishing for trout, but I'll be the first to admit, I'm a late convert. My aversion to heaving heavy flies into deep water using sink-tips, shooting heads or full-on sinking lines could more aptly be described as an abhorance of the inconvenient. Throwing that much weight [ READ MORE... ]
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As I write this, I'm tucked into the lodge at Yelcho en la Patagonia in southern Chile, waiting out a torrential rainstorm and reflecting on a week of truly unique fly fishing. We've fished Lago Yelcho a number of times, and have floated the upper Rio Yelcho twice, enjoying some truly good fly [ READ MORE... ]
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Tim Flagler has steelhead on the brain. It is that time of year, though, so all is forgiven.    On Western rivers that run to the sea, these far-traveling, ambitious rainbows have come home, and they're in the tailouts and the deep pools, waiting winter out just like the rest of us. In the upper [ READ MORE... ]
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by Chris Hunt   We got our first real snowfall here in eastern Idaho this week, and that means it's almost time for me to start making my regular pilgrimages to the lower Henry's Fork up by Ashton to chase winter trout. This time of year is pretty special on the Henry's Fork. The crowds are gone. [ READ MORE... ]
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