Postcards

I didn’t fish the opener of the winter steelhead season this year. Apparently, I have a thing about symmetry as I didn’t fish the close, either. A combination of real-life factors kept me off the water on these dates. I found solace in a petition to the Steelhead Whisperer for on-the-water reports. Thus it was … Read more

Querencia: A love of place

In 2011, when I was still president of New Mexico’s Santa Fe (Truchas) Chapter, I was approached by Nick Streit, president of the Taos (Enchanted Circle) Chapter and owner of the Taos Fly Shop, about restoring a section of the Red River in Questa. The Red had been a workhorse for several decades, impacted by … Read more

Take a child fishing and make a difference

By Mike Enos  The bobber began to twitch and then it submerged twice just before taking off in an arc across the glassy surface of the lake.    Just as her line, seemingly possessed by a supernatural force, started to move, the quiet was pierced by my 8-year old granddaughter’s high-pitched squeal of excitement.    Avery, whose attention had … Read more

Magic materials: Antron

Serious fly tiers have known about the “magic” of Antron for some time, and Tim Flagler is clearly a big fan, as you’ll see in the video below. I like to tie with Antron (and other synthetic materials), but I also recognize that this nylon fiber doesn’t necessarily break down readily in the environment (it … Read more

Redington Prowler Pro wading boots

Over the past few years, Redington has boldly reinvented itself. What used to be a budget fly-fishing equipment manufacturer is now a quality-based company that produces good equipment for anglers of all stripes for prices that are sometimes significantly lower than their competitors. But let’s be clear. Nobody is going to mistake Redington’s soft-good equipment … Read more

The Michigan Arctic grayling

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Grayling are a tough fish to reintroduce to former habitat. For a long time, it was assumed that once the sailfish of the north winked out of a certain watershed, they were gone for good. Over the last 20 years, though, grayling reintroduction in Montana has shown promise. And, in just the last five years, … Read more