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 It was the movie that brought thousands of new people to fly fishing. Director Robert Redford's interpretation of Norman Maclean's classic novella about family and fly fishing was an overwhelming success when it came out in the fall of 1992. Set in Missoula, Mont., in the 1920s it brought the [ READ MORE... ]
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By Eric Booton The image of each fish gently swimming from hand is rapidly blurring into an abstract collage of electric sail fins and speckled red bands graced by the hues of the rainbow. All tallies have been abandoned. I have lost track of the number of fish I have caught, a sure sign of success [ READ MORE... ]
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By Nelli Williams I frantically dug through a pile of clean laundry that had been sitting on the recliner all week (OK, maybe more). I was searching for two kid-sized wool socks—we had at least a dozen, so why I couldn’t find two was beyond me. Victorious, I found one in the pile and the other [ READ MORE... ]
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By Dave Atcheson “I cast out and try to be patient, waiting for my fly to sink. On my first cast I’m too patient and snag. On the next I begin my retrieve earlier, an excruciatingly slow retrieve, just a twitch of the line here and there to keep my fly undulating above the weed beds. It’s not long [ READ MORE... ]
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By Brett Prettyman MILLCREEK CANYON — The moment of truth. It comes with the first spoonful of a new chili recipe delivered at a family hunting camp. The first cast to slurping trout on the hand built rod on your favorite water. Waiting to see if the patched hole in the waders is stream worthy. [ READ MORE... ]
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Fly fishing spring creeks comes with its own challenges. Usually, the water is uber-clear—and if you can see the fish, they can probably see you, too. They require long, delicate casts, spot-on presentations and no small amount of luck, particularly in high sun.  Fly Fishing Yamsi - [ READ MORE... ]
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Finding refuge from the heat, Stanislaus National Forest. By Sam Davidson   Across the country, summer is prime time for trout fishing in the mountains. At higher elevations you typically get relief from sweltering lowland temperatures and find the kind of small water-wild fish opportunities that [ READ MORE... ]
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NASA satellite image showing smoke over of the Northwest as of Sept. 5. By Jack Williams This past winter was a wet one where I live in southwest Oregon. “Atmospheric rivers” brought record rain and snow storms to the region. We were not alone. Rains and snows drenched California and built big [ READ MORE... ]
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Photo by Kyle Green, Idaho Statesman Welcome to the weekend edition of Short Casts, where today, it's all about salmon and the many challenges facing their recovery in the Pacific Northwest.  If you haven't been following Rocky Barker's summer-long series on salmon in the Idaho Statesman, you can [ READ MORE... ]
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Chicken of the woods mushrooms. Photo by the author.    By Chris Hunt   A little over a year ago, I stood up to my thighs amid a thick run of pink salmon in a remote, rainforest stream on Alaska’s Prince of Wales Island, trying like hell to tempt one of the few early cohos that were mingling with [ READ MORE... ]
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