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I have the same discussion with a lot of different folks about this time every year. Are flies that imitate worms ... ethical?  My take? Absolutely. They mimic a naturally occuring prey base in rivers, lakes and streams all over America, and, with high flows approaching in some of our snow-locked [ READ MORE... ]
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Fishing for steelhead at the mouth of the Carmel River in the 1960s. By Sam Davidson For most of the past year we have been living next to a river. This has changed the way I think about streams, and fishing. Every angler knows that rivers are dynamic (where they are not dammed, anyway). That is [ READ MORE... ]
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Special thanks to Carolyn Thomas, a middle school science teacher at Wildwood Middle School in Shenandoah Junction, WV for today's video. Her students worked with staff and volunteers at the National Conservation Training Center outside of Shepherdstown, WV, on this project, and they have a long [ READ MORE... ]
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By Jack Bombardier Most anglers put their rods away once the snow starts to fall, and break out their skis or retreat to the tying bench. But a new tool has emerged over the past few years which has to potential to revolutionize the way we think about fishing during the “off season,” and that is [ READ MORE... ]
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Trout Unlimited member Tom Johnson released his second book, "Threaded Journeys," last summer. The book is a series of essays about two of Johnson’s passions: fly fishing and bowhunting, with interweaving discussions on conservation, health and our national welfare. Johnson grew up in central [ READ MORE... ]
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I first met Travis Swartz several years back, when the first "Hank Patterson" videos hit YouTube and became all the range. The idea of a know-it-all guide misguiding those under his tutelage really struck a cord with the fly fishing community, and Travis' deadpan portrayal of the "world-famous fly [ READ MORE... ]
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By Randy Scholfield Here on the Front Range, where plains meet mountains, winter weather is always unpredictable, a hit-and-run affair. We might get a foot of snow—and three days later, it’s 70 degrees and you get a hatch of Boulder dudes in shorts and flip-flops.  For the past week, we’ve been [ READ MORE... ]
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Justin Pickett at Gink and Gasoline tackles an interesting phenomenon in the fly fishing world: anglers who abhore the idea of fishing private water for massive trout and aren't shy about trashing those who do. I've seen it here, too. I post a lot of content for TU, both here on the blog and across [ READ MORE... ]
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Steelhead fishing is an exercise in patience, no matter where you chase these majestic fish. My first two steelhead trips were fruitless endeavors—I spent hours casting over Idaho's Salmon River with nothing to show for it but a sore shoulder a bout with frustration. It's a thinker's brand of [ READ MORE... ]
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What do you get when you send one of the world's best-known steelhead anglers into the Bolivian jungle with a spey rod? Some pretty impressive cinematography, to start. This is a land of wild rivers teeming with toothy fish, high-canopied jungles sheltering everything from jaguars to snakes as long [ READ MORE... ]
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