• Fishing The True Cast

    The True Cast: “Replace Yourself.”

    Especially when I fish, I think about all the mentors I’ve had, and I am grateful.

    I’ve been very fortunate to have had many mentors as I waded into the wide, wild world of fishing and writing. My parents unconditionally supported the fascination I had with fish, even though they weren’t themselves into fishing. My father-in-law was probably the person most responsible for teaching me how to fly fish, and more…

  • Fishing Trout Talk

    “The True Cast”

    A new column for a new year.

    A new column for a new year. New Year’s resolution—write more, and be more willing to say what I “really think.” I’m not assuming that anyone should care necessarily, but there’s a lot of confusing information out there about trout and salmon fishing—the way we go about it, how we measure success, who does what…

  • Trout Talk

    Our digital conservation future

    Having finished the online NYT crossword over morning coffee, retweeting some delicious burns on climate deniers, checking Facebook and Instagram, liking a picture of a steelhead, and prioritizing work emails before a day of zoom calls, he/she remarked, “Kids these days are hopelessly addicted to their devices,” as though the Peleton screen was an actual…

  • Trout Talk

    Three of my favorite . . . fly-casting tips

    These are the best I’ve ever learned.

    These are the best I’ve ever learned I’ve been very fortunate over the years to have spent some time watching and learning firsthand from the masters of casting a fly rod, from Lefty Kreh, Frank Moore, Flip Pallot and Mel Krieger, to John Juracek, Simon Gawesworth, and Tom Rosenbauer—people who literally “wrote the books” on…