TU plants trees to restore Michigan trout streams

Trout Unlimited has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to plant nearly 17,000 trees along coldwater streams in Michigan. The project, “Reducing Runoff in the Rogue River Watershed,” aims to address stormwater runoff that pollutes, erodes and warms the important West Michigan trout fishery by … Read more

The lowly whitefish

The mountain whitefish native to the northwest U.S. There’s trout water, and then there’s trout water that also holds mountain whitefish. The latter is likely healthier.  Whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni) are often greeted by anglers with the same enthusiasm they might afford a creek chub or a sucker. The slightly downturned snout may not be as … Read more

Desert Dries

Steelhead are never easy to catch. If they were … well, they wouldn’t be steelhead. But they might be especially difficult to catch on a skated dry fly. One western river, the desert section of the lower Deschutes, is known for big, fresh-from-the-Columbia chromers that will, indeed, hit a dry fly on the skate. Captured … Read more

Unicoi Outfitters celebrates 25 years of excellence

Outfitter Jimmy Harris poses with a nice trout.

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.

Red Tag Wet Fly

Wet flies fished on the swing can be among the most effective patterns for trout, particularly in late summer and early fall when migratory fish, like brown trout and brook trout, are aggressive and hungry. Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions ties a great wet fly pattern in the video above. Although originally tied in England … Read more

Renewable energy, climate change, public lands and bipartisanship … Oh my!

Photo: USFWS/Joshua Winchell In this age of boundless partisanship, something remarkable happened this summer. A smart, forward-thinking piece of legislation addressing climate change was introduced that is sponsored by two Arizona congressmen from opposite ends of the political spectrum: Republican Paul Gosar, who rode the Tea Party wave into Congress in 2010, and Democrat Raul … Read more

September is #publiclandsmonth

An angler in the George Washington National Forest By Corey Fisher Trout Unlimited is devoting the month of September to celebrating public lands and the agencies dedicated to upholding America’s public land heritage. It’s no coincidence that National Hunting and Fishing Day and National Public Lands Day are both during September — the month is … Read more

5 Rivers Odyssey Reflection: Dan Eiden

The TU Costa 5 Rivers Odyssey was an experience like no other. This month-long journey across the Pacific Northwest challenged my perspectives and exposed me to issues that I could never have envisioned, let alone take on first-hand. Each day on the Odyssey was full of new experiences, whether it was conducting a fish salvage on a small mountain stream or chasing steelhead … Read more

The mouse-muncher

I can feel myself shaking but for some reason I still hold my hand out for visual verification.  The sort of tremble a fish hasn’t left with since putting a rooster fish in the net or landing my first steelhead. My adrenaline is spiked and the only way my grin could be any bigger is if I’d brought the fish to hand, but that’s of surprisingly … Read more