A decade ago, Garrison Doctor was a young guy from Colorado looking for a job to replace the freelance architectural rendering gig he lost during the Great Recession. He was guiding, working some odd jobs and spending a lot of time in fly shops. A talented artist and passionate fly angler, Garrison noticed that there … Read more
About Walt Gasson
One of the great things about working with the fly fishing industry and conservation is the people you meet. You meet a lot of kind, authentic people who care deeply about fish and fishing. And you soon learn that there are people who will never let you down. So it is with Jimmy Harris and David Dockery and their staff at Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, GA.
Once in a while, we all make mistakes. I make a lot of them. And I made one in the summer issue of TROUT. My friends Heath and Sarah Woltman kindly allowed me to use a photo taken by Pat Lang for a short piece in the Pocket Water section. I neglected to credit Pat … Read more
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: one of the best things about working with Trout Unlimited is the great people you meet. Take Geri Meyer for example. She owned a fly shop for over a decade. Over and over, she kept hearing the frustrations that women have when it comes to buying fly … Read more
Every spring, our friends at Orvis host their annual Orvis Guide Rendezvous. For the last eight years, they’ve been kind enough to invite me. And I love being there. One of the greatest parts of that event is the presentation of awards for outstanding guides, outfitters and lodges. But this year was particularly sweet. It … Read more
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a little suspicious of little plastic gizmos that look like they came from a late-night venture on some home shopping network. But sometimes you run on to a very simple idea that you wish you had invented yourself. Here’s one. It’s not expensive, and it’ll pay for itself in no time through reclaimed flies – yours or someone else’s. It’s called Catch-A-Lure, and it was invented by Dave Olexson, a lifelong angler from eastern Pennsylvania. I talked with Dave recently about this nifty piece of simple technology.
Our friends at Pescador on the Fly make fly fishing gear that’s light and packable and functional. It’s just the thing for the traveling angler. And now, they’ve launched a fully loaded sling pack. They call it “El Bolso” – the bag. It’s got tons of extra D rings, multiple places designed to clip your … Read more
Bristol Bay, Alaska … the center of the earth for wild sockeye salmon. It’s also focus of our battle against the proposed Pebble Mine, which would create North America’s largest open-pit gold and copper mine next to some of the most important salmon rivers left on earth. Bristol Bay continues to produce one of the … Read more
You could say it all started with Ralph Sawyer. After a legendary canoe racing career, Ralph began building paddles and oars. In 1967, he established Sawyer Paddles and Oars in the small town of Rogue River, Ore. He fell in love with whitewater rafting and began producing whitewater oars. Sawyer oars were soon found in … Read more
Montana. The center of the earth for fly fishing. And somewhere west of the center of Montana is Helena, home to Montana Fishing Outfitters and my friend Garrett Munson. Garrett is one of those people that you want on your team. He’ll never quit, and he’ll never let you down. He’s the original go-to guy. … Read more