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Where gravity does the work

Chad turned to his wife Erin,    “If I don’t make it back, I died doing what I love.”  It was well-spoken and sealed with a kiss. The Class III rapids of the canyon are far from the roughest or most...

Colorado has a water plan; now let’s fully fund it.

Finalized in 2015, the Colorado Water Plan is backed by rural and urban water providers, agricultural producers, conservationists and recreationists, and those on both sides of the political aisle. It is described by its authors as...

The New Zealand Strike Indicator

I’m not big on gimmicks when it comes to fly fishing. Anything that requires an extra tool on the water, or some complex, newfangled series of steps in order to make something work like it should rarely appeals to me. But my friend Walt Gasson changed my...

How to pack for a trip to Bristol Bay

The flights are booked, the lodging is arranged. You’re going to Bristol Bay. Dang, I’m jealous.

The hype is real: A day on the Upper Delaware

“Wait? What? You’ve never fished the Delaware River?”  If you live in the East and are an avid (borderline obsessed) trout angler, this is the kind of thing you will hear from peers if you admit that you’ve never wet a line in one of the East’s most famous...

FisheWear Wedge Tote

It seems like I’m always short a hand or two and a good tote bag can definitely make life easier, whether running errands or heading to the water, the Wedge Tote from FisheWear is a great addition to any angler’s life.  Perfect for hauling gear to...

A milestone in native trout recovery

The native Paiute cutthroat trout is swimming free again in Silver King Creek high in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. 

At home on the Tongass

New challenges face America’s largest national forest as the Trump administration looks to roll back the Roadless Rule. 

Conservation

Colorado has a water plan; now let’s fully fund it.

Colorado has a water plan; now let’s fully fund it.

Finalized in 2015, the Colorado Water Plan is backed by rural and urban water providers, agricultural producers, conservationists and recreationists, and those on both sides of the political aisle. It is described by its authors as “a road map to lead to a productive economy, vibrant and sustainable cities, productive agriculture, a strong environment and a robust recreation industry. It sets the measurable objectives, goal and actions by which Colorado will measure its projected future water needs and measure its progress.”  Implementation of the water...

Fishing

FisheWear Wedge Tote

It seems like I’m always short a hand or two and a good tote bag can definitely make life easier, whether running errands or heading to the water, the Wedge Tote from FisheWear is a great addition to any angler’s life.  Perfect for hauling gear to and...

Voices from the River

Hard work has payoffs

Hermosa Creek surrounded by gorgeous San Juan mountains I recently went out with the Five Rivers TU chapter in Durango, Colo., to help plant willows along the banks of the Hermosa Creek. (Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the chapter). Closing in on the final...

Trout Tips

Casting into the wind

Casting into the wind

The wind is considered by many to be among the biggest challenges fly fishers face on a consistent basis. And, to some extent, that’s entirely accurate. A strong headwind can turn an otherwise perfect day on the water into something significantly less enjoyable....

Everyone needs a tune-up

Everyone needs a tune-up

Most of us who have fly fished for years–decades, even–are likely self-taught casters who have learned the craft over many moons of trial and error. Casting becomes an intuitive activity, with alterations done to meet certain requirements on the water. ...

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Video Spotlight

Tying quill bodies

Tying quill bodies

If flies were measured by their appearance, quill-bodied mayfly patterns would take Best in Show honors every single time. Sleek yet buggy, streamlined, yet high-floating, quill-bodied flies are stylish and functional. Tim Flagler shows us how to tie the perfect...

The Woolly Worm

The Woolly Worm

The Woolly Bugger’s less-sophisticated cousin, the Woolly Worm, is an excellent searching pattern for subsurface trout, and it has the added benefit of being an excellent pattern for panfish, like crappy and bluegill. Above, Tim Flagler ties a really durable...

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Travel

FisheWear Wedge Tote

FisheWear Wedge Tote

It seems like I’m always short a hand or two and a good tote bag can definitely make life easier, whether running errands or heading to the water, the Wedge Tote from FisheWear is a great addition to any angler’s life.  Perfect for hauling gear to and...

Hard work has payoffs

Hermosa Creek surrounded by gorgeous San Juan mountains I recently went out with the Five Rivers TU chapter in Durango, Colo., to help plant willows along the banks of the Hermosa Creek. (Full disclosure: I’m on the board of the chapter). Closing in on the final...

Casting into the wind

Casting into the wind

The wind is considered by many to be among the biggest challenges fly fishers face on a consistent basis. And, to some extent, that’s entirely accurate. A strong headwind can turn an otherwise perfect day on the water into something significantly less enjoyable....

Everyone needs a tune-up

Everyone needs a tune-up

Most of us who have fly fished for years–decades, even–are likely self-taught casters who have learned the craft over many moons of trial and error. Casting becomes an intuitive activity, with alterations done to meet certain requirements on the water. ...

The science is clear on suction dredge mining

The science is clear on suction dredge mining

Two bills will move through the Washington legislature this session with the goal of updating the state’s laws protecting its fish and waterways from impacts of suction dredge mining. Though you may see comments from a select few upholding the activity, the science is incredibly clear on negative impacts it causes to our already-stressed fish populations.

Staying mad

Staying mad

A good friend of mine worked with a women’s group at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago one summer during college. The federal prison famously has these tall, 5-inch wide windows, originally made to be narrow enough that they didn’t require bars....

Tying quill bodies

Tying quill bodies

If flies were measured by their appearance, quill-bodied mayfly patterns would take Best in Show honors every single time. Sleek yet buggy, streamlined, yet high-floating, quill-bodied flies are stylish and functional. Tim Flagler shows us how to tie the perfect...

Alaska TU leaders on public lands: Be an advocate

Alaska TU leaders on public lands: Be an advocate

Explorers, hunters, anglers, hikers, climbers, campers and s’mores artists alike benefit from the bounty of Alaska’s public lands for some of our best memories, the fullness of our chest freezers, or our most engaging tales of misadventure. As such, we assume the responsibility of being active stewards of the land and ethical facilitators when introducing new participants to pursuits on our national commons.

Ode to the Olive

Ode to the Olive

It’s a tiny little bug, but it — and its many variants — might be the single-most important fly of fall. The venerable Blue-winged Olive, the vise-borne imitation of the tiny baetis mayfly, is the dry-fly king of autumn, even though it rarely materializes on the...

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