• Trout Talk

    The benefits of remote work

    This may sound a bit tone deaf, and my sincere apologies if that’s the case -- circumstances impact all of us differently. But working remotely, thanks largely to the coronavirus outbreak, is not without its benefits.  I know a lot of us are itching to get back into the office and resume “normal” as soon…

  • Trout Talk

    A time for carp

    I just got back from a week in the Bahamas, where I put in long days on the flats stalking wily bonefish. It was good practice, because now, as runoff starts to cloud my local trout rivers, it's a time for carp. Wait. Bonefish? As a practice run for carp? Oh, hell yeah. Particularly if…

  • TU Business

    Karmik Outdoors stands with TU on the Lower Snake

    Some things just disappear. The rod tube cradling my beloved Winston 5-weight somehow took wing and soared out of my backpack and landed on a county road. Knives have evaporated from my pockets and have never reappeared. Sunglasses vanish like Jimmy Hoffa, never to be seen again. All this is mostly just an annoyance if…

  • Conservation

    Do it for the fish that made a river famous

    Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

    If the determining factor in the effort to save the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout of Idaho’s South Fork of the Snake River is how hard cutthroats fight at the end of a leader … well, then, the fight is already lost.  The perception that introduced rainbows—spawned from mongrel strains engineered in hatcheries over decades—offer anglers…

  • Voices from the river

    Is this Heaven?

    A view up a canyon in eastern Idaho.

    No, Morgan ... it's Idaho I had just finished leveling the camper when Morgan pulled up in his white sedan. It’s a process—leveling the camper—made a bit more complicated thanks to a slightly hyper mutt running around while I work the jacks, wondering why we can’t just go straight to the creek.  “Who cares if…

  • Community

    WorldCast Anglers

    Check out WorldCast Anglers in Victor, Idaho. WorldCast is a long-time TU supporter and Gold Level Business Member.

    What does it take to make a great day on the water? There are probably a million different answers to that question. Do you have to catch a hundred fish? Probably not. One really great fish? Maybe. Do you have to walk away smiling and itching to come back for more? Undoubtedly. A good friend and…

  • Voices from the river

    Put, take … and eat

    Early season trout fishing on the high desert of Idaho

    There’s a little desert trout stream that catches runoff from the Bitterroot and Lemhi ranges in eastern Idaho, and it’s easy to get to, even during spring “mud season.” The creek isn’t anything terribly special, really. It’s managed for water delivery and as a put-and-take fishery—its habitat is pretty marginal, given its high gradient and…