• Fishing The True Cast Trout Talk

    The True Cast – My Dad Caught a Trout!

    Maybe the best “catch” of my life…

    Birds eye view of man casting from a boat

    Maybe the best “catch” of my life… So much in fly fishing has to do with family and passing the tradition down from generation to generation. Dads teaching daughters, mothers teaching sons, and all that. Which is wonderful.  That’s the thread. And that’s what makes fly fishing amazing. It’s never, ever, really about the how…

  • From the President

    Boys Becoming Men

    Measuring the passing of time during a week in Canada

    Three young men fishing from a dock with a big, beautiful, calm lake in the background

    Measuring the passing of time during a week in Canada. For a few months longer, until Wylie turns 20, I will have three teenage sons in the house.  My three sons It is a magical time in their lives, and for me, too, watching the slow but blindingly fast transition from boys to men. I…

  • Special Places Community

    Kids, work, and wild salmon

    Raising a family amid a campaign to protect Alaska’s wild fish Author’s note: My story is one of many who have invested in this fight over decades and generations. This is written with gratitude to the entire community of advocates that continue to push back this irresponsible mine. I acknowledge my privilege in choosing to…

  • TROUT Magazine

    From the Editor: Share your stories about daughters, fishing and conservation

    Like many others, my own fly-fishing story is influenced very much by women anglers and conservationists.

    Thank you for the many notes of appreciation we’ve received for the current issue of TROUT magazine focused on daughters, fishing, and conservation. We’ve probably had more positive feedback on this one than any other I can remember. Kudos to the editorial team, especially to deputy editor Samantha Carmichael, who spearheaded the “Daughters of TU”…

  • TROUT Magazine


    Daughters Several months ago, I noticed a thread on the TU online community that centered around “daughters,” and it really moved me. It moved me, so much, in fact, to think, “Jeez, so, so much of the trout fishing literary tradition is about fathers and sons… grandfathers and sons… we should turn that on its…

  • TROUT Magazine

    Daughters of Trout Unlimited: Beverly Smith

    After what amounted to a game of charades, I finally figured out she was talking about false casting with a fly rod. So, on with the sunglasses and hats and watch out, because she’s whoosh-whooshing!

    Daughters of Trout Unlimited:Beverly Smith Vice President for Volunteer Operations Whoosh-whooshing I get asked a lot, “What’s your trick? Why do your girls still like to fish?” It’s often small talk so my answer ranges between quips like, “It’s all they know, so they just don’t know to protest.” Or, “Snacks, lots and lots of…