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  • Fishing

    Trout is King

    It's getting warmer outside. Spring is actually springing, and that means summer isn't far off. Soon, it'll be time to camp next to high-country trout water and sight-fish to feeding fish. I can't wait. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL6CTypRGrc And short films, like this little gem above from Carpe Dieme featuring wild brown trout fishing in Scandinavia, don't help…

  • Conservation

    Helping the Wood River to breathe

    The room is full for the banquet. I first came across the Narragansett chapter of Trout Unlimited seven or eight years ago, when a few frustrated members contacted me and complained that the chapter was assisting the state in stocking over native fish in violation of TU policy. After a time, the chapter stopped, but…

  • Video spotlight

    Five flies for April

    The guys at Trouts Fly Shop in Denver hit the Colorado River recently, and they did some serious damage to the river's lively browns and rainbows using baetis imitations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWumZ51uwOo Five Flies for April Baetis, often imitated in the dun form by the venerable Blue-winged Olive, are great springtime flies, and among the first mayflies…

  • Fly tying

    High-sticking with an indicator

    Indicator nymphing has long been an accepted method for reaching trout that are feeding throughout the water column. But not everybody employs the high-stick method when using an indicator, and they should. It really improves your chances. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQYqExJ--cc Orvis' Pete Kutzer on high-sticking with an indicator. Above, Orvis' Pete Kutzer demonstrates how to incorporate a…

  • Fishing

    When “yesterday” actually happens today

    Matt Jennings and I are standing on the bank of Wisconsin's Root River on an early spring day. And we are plotting. “I think we need to cross down there,” says Jennings, who then starts pointing his fly rod at various spots in the river.  “We’ll hit that one first, then that one, and then…

  • Video spotlight

    From Bigotry to Brook Trout

    We've all heard stories about the healing power of water and fly fishing. At Trout Unlimited, our chapters and volunteers devote significant resources to helping physically and emotionally wounded veterans heal from the horrors of war. But it's more than that. Ask any die-hard fly fisher why they fish, and, after getting through all the…

  • Voices from the river

    Only a few BWOs to go around

    By Eric Booton Frustration is exhaled from behind my fully zipped collar, and the cloud of vapor fills the drawn hood of my wading jacket, fogging my lenses, furthering the frustration. I’ve heard nothing but positive reviews of this impressively clear and painfully cold spring creek. With an exception or two, I was easily able to round…