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Kirk Deeter asks: “Do I still love fishing anymore?”
This week I returned from a three-month sabbatical from Trout Unlimited. How did I use it? Well, I worked a bit on writing a book. Played some golf but my handicap didn’t drop as much as I had hoped. Gave a few talks, started swimming again, and canned some peaches. Looking back now, I’ll admit,…
Steel dreams: Driving home what’s at stake on the Snake
People often refer to rivers of the Northwest as some of the last truly “wild” places in the Lower 48. The Clearwater River in Idaho is one of those places. The Clearwater is well known throughout the Northwest for its iconic salmon and steelhead runs, particularly its B-run steelhead that spend approximately two years in…
Abstaining from fishing doesn’t just happen. There must be a reason. As New Mexico swims through its third fat month of monsoon season, I’ve barely noticed how much water is in our streams. Winter was scary dry, then our shirt-sleeve spring collided with New Mexico’s largest-ever wildfire. Every morning from April to July, I stepped…
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”…
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…
Daughters of Trout Unlimited: Hillary Walrath
Daughters of Trout Unlimited:Hillary Walrath Salinity Control coordinator for the Henry’s Fork of the Green River (daughters Aven and Susie) Aven and Susie My husband and I both work for TU in Green River, Wyo. We have two daughters, Aven (7) and Susie (4). I was fortunate enough to have been raised by amazing parents…
Daughters of Trout Unlimited: Donna Marcotte
Daughters of Trout Unlimited:Donna Marcotte CCF Board Member, Land of Sky Chapter Member (mother Marguerite Gutman, daughter Anson) My mother never met an animal who didn’t love her; she was practically Dr. Doolittle. In addition to animals, she loved the outdoors and has felt most rooted to this earth by digging in its dirt. Mom…