Short casts: Western drought; fishing new water; the fishing selfie, and more

Photo courtesy of Brodie Buchanan, Hatch Magazine.

While the East Coast has been in the grips of a brutal winter, many here in the West are wondering when winter’s actually going to start. From Montana to Colorado, snowfall accumlation is down quite a bit, and winter temperatures are up, spurring some interest in winter fly fishing that just normally isn’t there.

I just spent the better part of a week along Colorado’s Front Range, and full-on panic was pushed back when the region got a modest bit of snow and a quick cold snap that made things feel “normal,” even just for a while. At home in eastern Idaho, it’s sunny and above freezing, and has been for almost a week. After last year’s brutal winter that didn’t seem to stop until May, I know a lot of my fishing brethren are enjoying the mild winter and plying local waters in the process. I’ll take a mild winter, but I’d like to see more snow—the white stuff on the mountains amounts to fly-fishing potential. So, it’s OK if Mother Nature takes a bit of a breather, but maybe she could deliver some high-country snow to the Rockies to ensure enough water is around come summer?

Here’s what else is happening in the fishing world:

And, finally, your moment of fly-fishing Zen, thanks to the folks at The Mountain Journal:

By Chris Hunt.