Cold fingers sting back to life, pressed firmly against the vent as warm air, fresh from the engine block, puffs on pink digits
Finding things to be thankful for this week — especially this year — can be a challenge. But if we look deep enough, we can find them. I chose to look in nature. The brightest green lichen on dark volcanic rocks pop against the drab fall...
Crash and Kiltsman stayed with us for the first day out of town. The year before they had done the Appalachian Trail and they kept telling us it was harder than this trail. Not so much in terms of length but in terms of elevation gain and loss. Kiltsman got his name for the Scottish kilt he wears, no matter the weather.
As the author of three fly fishing guidebooks, I’ve taken my share of heat for “hotspotting” trout-fishing destinations
I. Like. This. Rod. A Lot. Douglas does not sell direct to customers, so we suggest you check one of their rods out at your local TU Business member fly shop.
I’m a “freelance” fly fisher by trade. Even on new water, I tend to look for what appears to be familiar. Long, deep runs. Structure. Riffles. Tailouts. Rising fish. And when I see the latter, I become somewhat laser-focused. Rising fish are feeding fish, and...
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Like all non-essential businesses, fishpond had to change the way it operated during the early days of the pandemic. Employees worked from home and the brand worked with fly shops to postpone scheduled ship dates and waived standard fees. There were scary times, at...
After decades of leadership by the tribes and strong support from conservation and fishing groups, dam removal on the Klamath is moving forward
This time of the year is a great time to be out chasing trout. Winter doesn’t have to get in the way of that
This week, backers of the proposed Pebble Mine project in the world’s most prolific wild salmon region submitted a new compensatory mitigation plan to permit reviewers at the Army Corps of Engineers to determine if the plan would meet Clean Water Act standards. The...
As I’ve gotten older, this is the time of year I like the least — it’s cold, but it’s going to get colder. There’s snow now, but so much more to come
I’ve been fishing the majority of my life. From a young age, I yearned to join my brother and dad on the river, so once I was old enough to safely wade solo, I did just that
Her infectious grayling giggles mirrored the steady stream of top-water action so well that none of us had to look to know the story
Like a lot of us, his passion is fly fishing, and, like a lot of us, he ties his own flies
Since 1867, an obelisk has stood in the center of Santa Fe’s downtown plaza to honor fallen Union soldiers in Civil War battles fought in New Mexico, as well as soldiers who fought against “savage...
But the thing about the desert that stands out the most to this Florida kid, there were no fish at all. Not one!
I’d come all the way to Alaska and saw more grayling than I’d ever seen in one place. And I didn’t catch a single one from this river. And I didn’t mind a bit
The alevin at the trailside museum are looking great! How can we tell the males from the females?
Fall fishing is typically one of my favorite times to be on the water. The crowds shrink, the colors pop and the trout eat. But this fall, I’m spending more time recovering on the couch than under the cottonwoods with some meat tied to the end of my...
The next morning was the day of the Cirque de Towers, a much anticipated hike. We left the trail in the morning and began to climb up to the valley of walls that formed a fortress of cliffs. Apparently, the way into the beautiful valley is called Texas Pass. This climb is much harder than any climb I’ve ever done, and I hope I never have to do one like it again. The trail walks along several lakes as it shallowly climbs up a gorge. But the trail and the gorge both disappear and leave you to make your own short, steep switchbacks straight up to the pass. Over the top you enter the famous valley of Cirque de Towers and drop down all the way to a lake.
Trout spey fishing is all the rage these days, particularly in rivers that boast runs of anadromous fish that are swimming home and reacquainting themselves with fresh water and the food they used to eat before they took the salt to dine on the ocean’s bounty
With all the perceived nuances to casting among new fly fishers, it can sometimes seem daunting to cast straight
After a long float plane flight back to Juneau, a hurried meal and a handful of Ibuprofen, I turned in for the night with one last thought – Tomorrow. Tomorrow we’ll find the fish and all of this will be worth it.
Articulated streamers are quickly becoming some of my favorite patterns to tie at the vise
Given its dearth of trout fisheries, the state of New Mexico can boast of very few secret hot spots. One of these, a favorite of mine forever, is prone to extreme high water temperatures during the summer but becomes decent at the end of irrigation season. Its browns...
The Firehole River above Firehole Falls was once a fishless ribbon of water sourced largely from hot springs, geysers and primordial seeps that pushed to the surface from the bowels of the planet.
Just like that it was time to say goodbye to our friends. We had finished Montana and completed 991 miles of the trail.
And some rivers … well, after a fashion, their names are pushed from their currents, roared from their rapids or whispered from quiet slicks
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