Video spotlight: How to Build a Fly Rod

I built my first fly rod 20 years ago—a 9-foot, 4-weight on a St. Croix SCII blank. It was a supple implement that I still have in a case in the rafters of my store room. It fished well. In fact, I caught one of the biggest trout of my life using it—26-inch rainbow on Colorado’s … Read more

Video spotlight: Finding Fontinalis

Say what you will about far-flung fishing adventures … that they’re not worth the carbon footprint they create, or that they’re the fool’s errand for anglers with more money than sense … but the search for massive brook trout in the farthest reaches of Patagonia has a certain romance to it. And now, the full … Read more

Video spotlight: How to Wade Fish for Bonefish

My first bonefishing trip several years back was a disaster. I spent a week on the blustery, rainy flats of Long Island in the Bahamas and didn’t catch a single fish. I know now that my failure was a three-part effort. First, I lacked any flats-fishing experience. Second, the weather and the elements conspired against … Read more

Video spotlight: Orvis’ ‘Moment of Chill’

Holiday hustle and bustle got you down? Need a quick break. The folks at Orvis might have just the quick blood-pressure reducer you’re looking for. Video of Orvis Moment of Chill: Brown-Bear Pool Party The company’s new “Moment of Chill” series is a host of minute-long videos designed to just let you take it all … Read more

Video spotlight: Tightline Nymphing for Beginners

Tight-lline or “Euro” nymphing isn’t anything new, but for a lot of anglers—particularly new or novice fly fishers—it can be a bit confusing. I think what confounds most anglers new to the method is the disbelief that a full-grown fisherman can generally stand right in the midst of feeding trout and work a run for … Read more

Video spotlight: Labrador Atlantic salmon

Wild Atlantic salmon in the United States are extremely rare—there are a few that hang on in the coastal rivers in Maine, but, for the most part, three centuries of development have cost this iconic fish most of its spawning and rearing habitat and earned it a likely permanent place on the Endangered Species List. … Read more

Video spotlight: Stories from the Fountain

More than 200 years ago, the entire of state of Pennsylvania was forested. By the 1930s, the whole state had been completely logged. Today, Pennsylvania is a reforested trout wonderland—it has more miles of trout streams than any state other than Alaska. But, for native brook trout, all is not well. The state’s forest are … Read more

Video spotlight: Together

Volunteers from the Snake River Cutthroats (Idaho Falls), Star Valley (Wyoming), and Jackson Hole Trout Unlimited chapters braved cold in mid-October 2017 to plant willows, mulch and seed. Kris Millgate/Tight Line Media. Partners in the Tincup Creek Stream Restoration Project in eastern Idaho near the Wyoming border recently completed Phase 2 of the plan with … Read more

Video spotlight: Save Bristol Bay

Orvis has teamed up the TU’s Alaska Program to craft a very simple, very powerful short film about the need to protect Bristol Bay and its headwater rivers and streams from the potentially disastrous Pebble Mine. Video of ORVIS Presents: Save Bristol Bay No matter how you feel about mining, there ought to be one … Read more