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  • Trout Talk

    It’s bull trout time in Idaho

    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 answer is yes.  When bull trout were listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in…

  • Boats

    Quick tip: A new way to ship your oars

    No, we're not talking FedEx ground here... To ship your oars means, in it's simplest term, to stop rowing and pull the oars inside or next to the the boat. You can do this a number of ways and for a number of reasons. Maybe you're approaching a narrow rowing spot or coming close to…

  • Trout Talk

    Will more anglers bring more awareness to invasive species?

    brook trout

    The COVID pandemic has led millions of Americans to connect with water—especially via fishing and boating—within the past two years. That can be great, as families discover (or rediscover) the healthy benefits of outdoor recreation. And with a bit of encouragement and support, hopefully we can dramatically grow the ranks of those who advocate for…

  • Boats

    River straps are for more than just boating

    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…

  • Trout Talk

    Toughen up your small dry flies with UV resin

    I took to finishing these small flies with the smallest dollop of thin UV-reactive resin I could squeeze out of the bottle

    I’ve always been something of a ham-handed fly tier, and, generally speaking, the bigger the fly, the easier it is for me to tie. I’m a big guy at six-foot-five, and my hands correspond to my height. They just aren’t meant for detail work. But I live in eastern Idaho, and during fall and winter,…

  • Fishing

    Excuse me… just slamming through

    Owen Prettyman fishing a small creek while attempting to complete his Utah Cutthroat Slam with a Bonneville cutthroat trout. Daniel A. Ritz photo. Making memories to last a lifetime in Utah  Daniel Ritz is fishing across the Western United States this summer in an attempt to reach the Master Caster class of the Western Native Trout Challenge,…

  • Trout Talk

    One salmonid for the rest of my life? I choose Dolly

    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 made an off-hand comment on a friend's Facebook post this morning — he uploaded a great photo of a Dolly Varden in Southeast Alaska and I quickly opined that, should some higher power ever dictate to me that I could only catch one salmonid for the rest of my life, it very well might…