Originally printed in 2011, and including a foreword by the late Lefty Kreh, this book drills down on 20 patterns, and includes some variations of each
My first introduction to Red Rock Lakes came a decade and a half ago when a friend suggested that I might think about applying for an antelope hunting license in the area. I was new to Montana and knew nothing about wildlife refuges except for some vague understanding that they were a different type of public land that I guess maybe you could hunt on?
That’s when the magic happens — when the Dolly, all colored up for the fall spawn, sprints from under a rootball or from the depths of the dark water at the edge of a drop-off and attacks the fly. And when you can see it all happen? OMG
It’s the pegged bead — the target of much derision from the purist crowd, but an oft-used technique to catch big trout and char when salmon eggs are in the water
What to do when your fly box looks like the dog coughed up a flamingo
Rather than an orderly collection of streamers, Gurglers and Egg-sucking Leaches, it looked, as I explained to my friends on a group chat as we planned out the week ahead, like the dog had coughed up a flamingo
I remember the first time we met in person. We were at a fishing trade show, and Merwin ordered me to lunch. I was pretty nervous because everyone at the magazine had told me what a tough customer he was. And sure enough, he was no more than a sip into his martini when he criticized the most recent story I had written
Roger Phillips photo. By Roger Phillips They’re big, they’re hard-fighting, and they’re one of Idaho’s most overlooked trophy fishing opportunities, but many anglers are still confused about whether they can target bull trout for catch-and-release fishing. The short...
I thought I’d share a little system I stole from the big whitewater world on a semi-permanent way to ship your oars using a small loop of rope both towards the bow and stern sections of your boat. This way you have the choice of putting those blades forward or backward
With a bit of encouragement and support, hopefully we can dramatically grow the ranks of those who advocate for clean water. The more voices the better
River straps. Cam straps. Tie downs. Whatever you call them they’re as important as having oars when you’re on the water.
Having only rafted for seven years myself I’ve already missed a lifetime of river strap usage but I’m making up for the lost time by putting them to work wherever I go outdoors. I’ve used river straps while hunting, fishing, boating, backpacking, and biking. I’d even be willing to call them the most versatile tool in your toolbox.
I took to finishing these small flies with the smallest dollop of thin UV-reactive resin I could squeeze out of the bottle
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The Utah Cutthroat Slam consists of a challenge to catch the four unique cutthroat trout subspecies in their respective native historical ranges within the state
You can try to time the silver run or the king run, and maybe you’ll get lucky and hit it just right. Odds are, you’ll time your date with Dolly perfectly — she’s rarely a no-show
I’ll admit I have become kind of a lens-snob, in that I do prefer certain lenses in certain conditions
I almost destroyed a newly refurbished wooden drift boat years ago by not checking on it for a couple of weeks
“This might really, really suck,” I said to Ancans with a halfhearted laugh. We then laughed together because we knew we were already unquestionably committed
This is a really well-engineered wading boot. Period
We all want our kids to learn the river from their own perspective and to safely make mistakes and corrections while the consequences are low. The best way to do that for us was to let them paddle their own watercraft
Photo courtesy of Fly Out Media TU this week won an important legal argument that helps the organization’s overall case against the backers of the proposed Pebble Mine, and even though the future of the mine is very much in doubt, this decision helps TU and...
Cameras have gotten faster, cheaper and a whole lot more powerful. Almost everyone owns a camera or has a very powerful one in their phone and, therefore, everyone can be a photographer
Restoration work on the Upper Rio Grande that starts in southwest Colorado and flows on into New Mexico and beyond has been a focus of TU’s for multiple years.
I just got back from a week in the Bahamas, where I put in long days on the flats stalking wily bonefish. It was good practice, because now, as runoff starts to cloud my local trout rivers, it’s a time for carp
There are many considerations when getting into a boat. These obviously include safety, comfort, and logistics. This list goes on and on, but the one thing anglers need to think about that other boaters do not, is noise.
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