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Video spotlight: Brook Trout Country

Our video post yesterday on an upcoming brook trout film got a lot of traction—it’s clear that I’m not the only guy out there who loves brookies, even if catching them here in the West means I’m catching a non-native fish that’s likely contributed to the decline of native cutthroat trout. Let’s be completely clear … Read more

Fly tying: The Puff Daddy Blue-winged Olive

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 … Read more

Video spotlight: Chasing Brook Trout

Here’s one for the romantics in fly fishing—a teaser video to larger project to come about chasing native brook trout. I grew up in Colorado, fishing for introduced brookies in small headwater streams in the Rocky Mountain high country. As a kid, I had no idea that the fish I caught didn’t belong in the … Read more

Video spotlight: Pira

The golden dorado is a bucket-list fish, sure. Ranging from Andes headwater rivers in Bolivia all the way to the southern marshlands of coastal Argentina, they are an amazing fly rod fish and one that has gained a lot of admiration over the last decade or so. The video above highlights the fly fishing for … Read more

Short casts: Fish ladders don’t work, public lands support in CO, whirling disease in the Bow

John Day Dam on the Columbia River. A new Yale University study provides some daunting news for water and dam managers across the country: fish ladders aren’t the “fix-it” solution to fish migration over irrigation or hydroelectric dams. The study, which took place on three East Coast rivers—the Connecticut, the Susquehanna and the Merrimack—showed that … Read more

Brookies do better without brown trout

Brown trout limit brook trout access to warmer stream stretches. Photo USGS. A new U.S. Geological Survey study performed at an experimental stream laboratory in Kearneysville, WV, shows non-native brown trout can place a burden on native brook trout under the increased water temperatures climate change can cause. It is one of the first experimental … Read more

Deep Thoughts: On fencing off water

With all due respect to Jack Handey, here’s a thought to consider regarding access, private water, and all that. I don’t have anything against private water. What I don’t like to see is “privatization” of public water. We shouldn’t backtrack. That’s my opinion. But in the larger picture, I have to ask… if you’re the … Read more