Voices from the river

Fish and fire in the West

Fish and fire in the West

In June 2013, researcher and fisheries biologist Ashley Rust and her family were at their family cabin near Creede, Colo., when an afternoon rainstorm—a frequent occurrence in the San Juans at that time of year—worked through the area

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Ode to the homely jon boat

Ode to the homely jon boat

As I rowed the 14 foot lumbering Jon boat back to her berth on the side of a remote lake in the Adirondack mountains after an incredible day of smallmouth fishing the other day I thought to myself how much I both love and hate Jon boats. They are ugly as hell, hard to row, but definitely get the job done.

The most over-the-top drift boat ever?

The most over-the-top drift boat ever?

While this might be a slight exaggeration, it might not be either… Over the weekend my buddy sent me a link to a boat over on a group we belong to on Fakebook called Drift Boats Unlimited. In the posting a gentleman named Grant Brown had about 25 images of a boat he was wanting to sell.

TU tested: the Tornado Anchor

TU tested: the Tornado Anchor

The design idea was to create an anchor with more edges so that the anchor had more opportunity to grab the river bottom. This theory lead to an anchor design of a series of stacked plates. The concept being that it would create a ribbed surface and more exposed edges. The anchor evolved quickly with the realization that these stacked plates could also be allowed to rotate independently.

The old man’s fly rod

The old man’s fly rod

Some years back, I got a gift package in the mail right around Christmas time. It was from my uncle John, my mom’s brother. Long and slender, the package was a complete mystery to me–we’d long since stopped receiving gift packages from aunts and uncles, so I was...

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...

The cult of the invasive fish

The cult of the invasive fish

Growing up in the Denver suburbs, one of my favorite childhood haunts was a public park a short bike ride from home. It sported the sketchy jungle gym with the sharp, rusty edges, the little spring loaded ridable critters that, with enough momentum, could send a small...

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...

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