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Swing wet flies and feel like a kid again

Swing wet flies and feel like a kid again

In our family, we had an informal rule about kids fishing on their own—you started out by fishing wet flies downstream, and once you reached a certain age, you got to turn upstream and fish dry flies. It was a tiny, gentle river, really, and there was always an...

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A Colorado fishing story

A Colorado fishing story

Two old friends get together in Salida for one last trout trip By Jim Aylsworth While my dear friend Dick and I would enjoy fishing anywhere together, for this trip we chose to explore the water around Salida, Colo. Upon seeing him at the airport I knew better, but...

From the vault: Everything but the fish

From the vault: Everything but the fish

“I HAVE LONG THOUGHT THAT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ASPECTS OF FISHING DON’T ALWAYS INVOLVE THE FISH THEMSELVES as much as they do the wild places an angler experiences, and the interesting people encountered along the way. No doubt, I am still awestruck every time I admire the subtle hues and breathing detail in a wild trout or salmon. But the more I fish, the more I find that when I go home at night, the most vivid images that flash through my mind are of raw mountains and rivers, gnarled trees and faces… scenes both offbeat and inspiring. And my best days are measured more by the amount of minutes or hours I spend looking about—because I cannot help myself—than by the number of trout that land in my net. Photographer Tim Romano has a unique ability to capture those aspects of fishing that catch the angler, well beyond images of anglers catching fish.”

Worrying about water

Worrying about water

All is not right with Lake Meade. As of this writing, Lake Meade is almost 156 feet below “full pool.” It’s down almost 140 feet below its levels about 20 years ago

Twenty tips on how to take better photos on the water

Twenty tips on how to take better photos on the water

While “happy snaps” can do a okay job of documenting a trip, but why not up your game a little and take better photographs? Creatively composed shots are not as complicated as one might think. By following and practicing the next twenty suggestions and tips, you can tell the whole story of your trip and not just part of one. Below you’ll find the first ten suggestions on how to up your photo game on the water. Check back next week (Tuesday June 8th) for ten more.

Quick tips to ensure your shuttle goes right

Quick tips to ensure your shuttle goes right

There’s plenty of ways to shuttle boats and vehicles, and I’ve probably done about 90% of them. My guess is that you have too. The regular ole car/truck, a state trooper’s back seat, municipal bus, Uber, a moped, dirt bike, electric bike, regular bike, horse, donkey… Kidding about the donkey.

RIO’s Elite Tarpon line did the trick

RIO’s Elite Tarpon line did the trick

It might sounds counterintuitive, especially to new anglers, but having a good line can make a long day of casting heavy fly rods much less exhausting. Having just recovered from a year and a half worth of cancer treatments, I was grateful for that fact. On our recent...

Seeking treasure in Apache trout country

Seeking treasure in Apache trout country

On bended knee, I brought the fish to eye level. Apache trout have a unique feature in their eyes, an easy giveaway of a genetically pure Apache. They appear to have a black stripe or mask through each of their eyes, due to two small black dots on either side of the pupil. Truly one-of-a-kind.

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