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I love fishing beaver ponds. My first-ever brook trout was pulled from the bottom of a high-country beaver pond with my grandfather standing watch over my shoulder, many, many years ago. Since then, especially in high-elevation meadow streams, I've been on the lookout for beaver ponds that more [ READ MORE... ]
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By Kirk Deeter   There is nothing more rewarding in the fishing world than teaching a young person some basics and watching that pilot light catch. I’ll trade a blanket callibaetis hatch and hundreds of popping fish heads for one pond-eat of a grasshopper fly cast by a little partner with a Snoopy [ READ MORE... ]
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Say what you will about the urban nightmares that await the casual visitor to Los Angeles. Traffic and congestion are a given, virtually around the clock. It's pricey to visit—nothing comes cheap. Depending on where you go, it's a bit gritty. But it's a vibrant city, with a lot happening—the good [ READ MORE... ]
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By Chris Hunt   As Phoebe danced around the truck, anxious to start the walk up the familiar trail past a few bends in the creek, I donned my wading sandals for what would almost certainly be the last time this year.   I was in a gloomy mood. Changing seasons, earlier sunsets and, of course, the [ 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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Over the last couple of years, I've learned a lot from Tim Flagler, fly-tying extraordinaire. Not only has he, through his video tying series that we feature each Friday here on the TU blog, helped become a better fly tier, but I really enjoy some of the simple little tips he shares to make my [ 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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By Rob Roberts This week, Missoula Mayor John Engen announced the removal of the Rattlesnake Creek Dam, a barrier on a much-loved trout stream that runs through the city. Beginning in the Rattlesnake Wilderness north of Missoula, Rattlesnake Creek is one of the major sources of trout recruitment [ 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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A confession at the outset: I love Chaco’s sandals. I bought my first pair more than 15 years ago before a trip to Costa Rica that was going to require a lot of walking. The toe strap on these sandals have always made them perfect for an active lifestyle, and because they break-in to fit the shape [ READ MORE... ]
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