Kirk Deeter

  • Trout Talk

    Playing the numbers game isn’t a sustainable strategy

    If we don’t at least talk about how anglers pressure fisheries, is habitat work just window dressing?  Numbers. That’s the word that pops to mind when I see this image.  I asked you all what you thought yesterday. Many said “bobber.” (OK. I think most of can agree that “strike indicator” is a bit over-cooked).…

  • Trout Talk

    Why fly fishing is like pizza

    Pizza is pizza, right?  A little crust, a little sauce, some cheese… bada-bing! There you go. Not hardly! Perish that thought. Great pizza is an artform. It should be a perfect balance involving great crust, delicious sauce, golden cheese and fantastic toppings. If any of those four elements are deficient in any way… meh pizza!  The operative word…

  • Trout Talk

    Chill out and let others enjoy the river, too

    I once observed a school of trout whacking away at PMDs have a canoe float right over them. How long do you think it took for them to turn back on?

    I have to chuckle when I see anglers get so bent out of shape when a kayak floats by, or a dog takes a swim within barking distance of where they are fishing. I once watched a friend’s ears literally turn red every time a tuber drifted downstream. That’s silly for two reasons. First, we…

  • Trout Talk

    Jumping the shark

    I have many bad habits, for sure, but the one fly-fishing vice I cannot break is casting at mako sharks off the California coast with flies.  It started nearly 20 years ago when I met Conway Bowman while writing the book Tideline. That led to a larger story for Field& Stream magazine (“Flyfishing Gone Mad”) a couple years later.…

  • Gear reviews

    TU tested: Tajima replacement polarized lenses

    I’ll admit I have become kind of a lens-snob, in that I do prefer certain lenses in certain conditions

    I absolutely love sight fishing. See the fish… make the cast… that’s top of the game.  Heck, I like just spotting fish as much as I like catching them. As such, my polarized glasses are as important to me as the rod and reel I fish.  Put it this way… if I drive to the…

  • Trout Talk

    No fish dry in July

    Take photos of everything ... but the fish Our friends at Keep Fish Wet and Ten And Two Co. have announced “No Fish Dry July,” a campaign that encourages anglers to ask themselves, “Do I really need a photo of that fish?” and challenges them not to take a single fish photo for the month…