Fly Fishing and Backpacking the Bob

Those of use who have the good fortune of living in the West might take for granted the public lands at our doorsteps—we literally have millions of acres of American lands spread out before us that offer some of the best fishing and hunting on the planet. And a lot of that acreage is designated … Read more

Mark and his dad

Mark looks different, but the same. Twin swatches of grey hair above his ears. Still fit, his full mane of hair—something he, his Dad, and older brother, David, share—maybe thinning just a tad. His eyes are red.  Mark was maybe my best friend in college. He was a tight-end. I was a wide receiver. We … Read more

Skating big dries for big trout

Nicco stood next to me along the middle reaches of Patagonia’s Malleo River in the fading Argentine light. Willows shrouded the creek, and I could only see the silhouette of the big Fat Albert as it drifted in the heavy water just across river. Nicco, my guide for the day, chose the hefty, foam monstrosity … Read more

John Gierach: The Secret

A few years back, Gray Ghost Productions crafted a fly fishing film about Atlantic salmon. It was called “Turning Tail,” and it featured John Gierach, the renowned author and angler whose books line the shelves of avid trout bums everywhere. The film was about the value of the Atlantic salmon and the tragedy that would … Read more

It’s about fish … and people

The Sawtooth Mountains above Stanley, Idaho.

Here in the West—particularly in its more fishy corners—it’s easy to see how trout and fly fishing impact the regional economy. In places like Livingston, Mont., where a giant trout crafted in rock graces the hill above town, or in Island Park, Idaho, where outfitters and lodges line the Henry’s Fork, it’s easy to grasp … Read more

Hank Patterson’s Fish-cation from Hell

“Whoa, whoa, whoa … Joel? Let’s not waste any blood on a nymph.” Yeah, it’s a bit late for us to post the trailer for a Halloween fright-fest film—even if it’s a trailer to a film that doesn’t really exist. But Hank Patterson’s newest fly-fishing spoof (with the egregious support from Orvis) that draws on … Read more