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The new natives

The new natives

West slope cutthroat trout from Grayling Creek, Yellowstone National Park. Just a quick update from Yellowstone, with more to come (I promise). I had the good fortune to take a quick drive a couple of weeks ago along the Grayling Creek corridor in the northwest corner...

Natural dubbing materials

Natural dubbing materials

Fly tying is so sophisticated these days, that sometimes it pays to take a step back and really examine the materials we use as we conjure up the next great pattern at the vise. Take dubbing, for instance. This is the material used in both dry flies and nymphs,...

Sage Trout LL fly rod

Sage Trout LL fly rod

When you find a fly rod that’s essentially made for the kind of fly fishing you like to do—and makes that fishing markedly better—you hang onto it. That’s why I’ll likely never part with the new Sage Trout LL rod. I’m a walk-and-wade...

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The Mickey Finn

The Mickey Finn

With fall coming on and a few high-country leaves starting to turn here in the Rockies, some anglers are jumping ahead to “streamer season.” I’m not ready to make the leap just yet, but I do generally have a few flies in my box that work well during...

The Dark Side

The Dark Side

The author’s brother, gone over to the Dark Side. Last week I went to what my brother and lifelong fishing partner calls “the Dark Side.” That would be fishing in warm, still water for largemouth bass and northern pike, mostly with conventional tackle. We always...

Why diversity matters

Why diversity matters

Women’s interest and involvement in the sport of fishing is growing and becoming more of a focus in the industry. Simms announced last week the introduction of the new Women’s G3 Guide Z Stockingfoot and Women’s Freestone Z Stockingfoot waders.These women-specific...

How to give the fish what they want

How to give the fish what they want

In the natural world, diversity creates resilience. For example, grasslands with a greater variety of native plants are more resistant to drought. They also bounce back faster from disturbance caused by insect infestations and fire. Diversity also makes organizations...

The Prince Nymph

The Prince Nymph

Most of us have lived this scenario: We’re rigged up at the foot of a classic riffle that gives way to a nice run that features a deep trough that very likely holds fish. But the fish are also likely deep—we’ll need a heavy nymph, and a lot of us fish...

On grayling and guilt

On grayling and guilt

Cave Falls, Yellowstone National Park. I stood up to the bottom of my shorts in the gloriously cool waters of the Fall River, just as it prepares to leave the environs of Yellowstone National Park and wind through a short stretch of Wyoming and into Idaho, where...

On second glance

On second glance

A beautiful stretch of river in northern New Mexico. A group of women recently gathered in the forests of northern New Mexico to fish and explore conservation issues while thoroughly enjoying each other’s company. With abundant water and afternoon thunderstorms,...

Goldfish in Alaska?

Goldfish in Alaska?

By Ivory Williams Have you ever seen a river turned inside out? I have and it is a pretty shocking sight. For the past six summers I worked as an intern for Nez Perce Fisheries. Trout Unlimited and the Nez Perce Tribe are partnering on some projects throughout Idaho...

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