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The gift of the skunk

The gift of the skunk

One learns not to expect much when fly fishing during the winter months. At least around here, or if you’re me. Regardless of the season, sometimes you step into a river and just know something’s off. The water’s not moving right, or the sound of...

You gotta believe

You gotta believe

I’ve spent years writing magazine stories, even books, focused on tips to help anglers be more successful. Been all over the world… caught fish beyond my wildest imagination… seen things I never thought I’d encounter, and I rubbed shoulders along the way with...

AFFTA’s Bulis steps down

AFFTA’s Bulis steps down

It may not be considered remarkable news when the head of an industry trade association steps down, but for fly fishers across America, this one’s different. Ben Bulis, president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association for the past nine years, announced...

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Long live the Gila trout

Long live the Gila trout

Seven of us pierced the Gila wildlands that day, and, despite the best efforts of a clueless pot-shotter, all seven of us made it out without holes in our hides. We never figured out who was shooting or what they were shooting at

Hiking the CDT: Friendly firefighters and pine nuts

Hiking the CDT: Friendly firefighters and pine nuts

We had been walking through a food source without knowing it. The trees around us were pinyon pines, they had little seeds in their cones that were not only edible, but delicious. The fire fighters told us that these seeds sold for more than $30 a pound. This newfound knowledge slowed my walking speed considerably over the last few days. Every 40 feet or so, I would stop and pick some seeds off the trees, eat them, and then pick some more.

Pigeons, persistence and hope

Pigeons, persistence and hope

I recently read an essay where a priest on a mission to Guatemala discovered that artists from the village painted museum-quality artwork on the inside walls of a bell-tower—a place where only pigeons would see them. The story...

Dean of the Umpqua

Dean of the Umpqua

It moved so slowly that it took me a moment to grasp what was happening. I believe I uttered the standard expression all anglers rely on in such circumstances, which is, of course, “Holy Toledo!” Except you don’t use the word “Toledo.”

Riding the Skunk Train

Riding the Skunk Train

On the Mendocino Coast in California, an historic railway line is at the heart of a suite of restoration projects completed this year that will help imperiled fish species in one of the most important river systems on California’s North Coast for Coho Salmon and steelhead.

Home is where the fish are

Home is where the fish are

Home. It’s where many of us feel most alive and comforted. And this year, many of us have become all too familiar with our homes. Since I work from home (and have for years), I cherish the idea of expanding my concept of home.   My physical home is...

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