Voices from the River: No easy fix for felt

By Kirk Deeter In the last issue of TROUT, Kris Millgate reported that Yellowstone National Park is considering a ban of felt-soled wading boots. And that prompted several letters to the editor, including some that criticized us for “advocating” for the ban, merely by writing about a proposal (just because you report on a topic … Read more

Voices from the River: Calm before the chaos

By Chris Hunt It’s a big weekend. The last one before Apoca-Eclipse hits eastern Idaho, and it’s the peak of the Perseids. The full solar eclipse set to darken daytime skies later this month is on everyone’s minds here in Idaho Falls. We’re in the sweet spot of its path of totality across America, and … Read more

Voices from the River: Trying not to fish

This bridge over the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon, teases anglers with art. Brett Prettyman/Trout Unlimited By Brett Prettyman Efforts to keep fishing from entering my mind during our family vacation only lasted to the first state line. Some may find it hard to believe, but fishing doesn’t always fit into the plans. It is … Read more

Voices from the River: Home to millions

Photo by Rachel Andona By Chris Hunt We steered the rig into a pull-off shaded by lodgepoles and pressed almost flat by frequent use. Nothing remained of the understory—every fallen log, limb or twig had been meticulously collected for firewood. Even the lodgepoles were nude from the ground up, only sporting branches starting a good … Read more

Voices from the River: Fishing dogs

By Chris Hunt The low grumble in Phoebe’s throat grew into a steady growl, and her floppy ears perked up. She stared across the Little Greys River Canyon in the fading twilight, clearly interested in something across the river. “Hush,” I said instinctively, nursing a gin and tonic and staring into the flames that were … Read more