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  • Boats

    Quick tip: use 2x4s for a drift boat trailer stand

    I almost destroyed a newly refurbished wooden drift boat years ago by not checking on it for a couple of weeks

    Raft-folk, you'll have no idea what I'm talking about, but if you own a drift boat and store it outside for any length of time you understand what a problem snow and rain can pose, no matter the material of your boat. I learned long ago that raising your bow in the air, chocking your…

  • Fishing

    The deep, dark secrets of Alaskan lake trout

    “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

    Walking to "the spot" hoping to land a lake trout for the Western Native Trout Challenge. Daniel A. Ritz photo. Chucking and ducking heavy lines to check the lake trout off the list Daniel Ritz is fishing across the Western United States this summer in an attempt to reach the Master Caster class of the Western Native…

  • Featured

    TU tested: Korker’s ‘River Ops’ wading boots

    This is a really well-engineered wading boot. Period

    ($259.99; korkers.com) Some wading boots are getting expensive. But I’ve always seen the value in Korkers boots because they’re built with an “Omnitrax” system that allows you to switch soles (they come with two sets.) So it’s like getting two pairs of boots in one. Say you prefer wading in studs, but your fishing friend doesn’t want…

  • Boats

    Teach the kids to row their own watercraft

    What do you do when the kids get a bit older and you're tired of handing out snack after snack on big river trips? Get them their own watercraft. 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…

  • Boats

    Twenty tips on how to take better photos on the water

    Part two Editor's note: This is the second installment in a two-part series. Read part one here. 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. While “happy snaps” can do a…

  • Conservation

    Thinking big on the Upper Rio Grande

    Trout Unlimited has worked in the upper Rio Grande drainage for years, investing staff and volunteer time into things like raising water tables, reconnecting rivers with their flood plains and protecting public lands. We've worked with indigenous people and local communities to protect and restore this important watershed. We're now combining and organizing our various…