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Having never used a hip or waist pack, I was a skeptical to try one out. Standing only 5-feet, 5-inches tall, it seemed that the waxed-cotton Filson fishing waist pack would be too bulky for me to use, inhibit me from wading deep and become heavy with water. Yes, it did get heavy with water and [ READ MORE... ]
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By Mark Taylor NEW MARKET, Va. — When it comes to restoring populations of trout and salmon, Trout Unlimited has a pretty simple philosophy: Take care of the habitat and the fish will take care of themselves. Our history is full of success stories of imperiled fish populations rebounding when [ READ MORE... ]
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Here in the West, October caddis usually start to show up after the first chill squalls of September. The same is true, according to Tim Flagler, in the Northeast. I love the October hatch because it will usually last through Indian Summer until the first in-earnest high-country snowfall, usually [ READ MORE... ]
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I cast flies to barramundi in the tropical north of Queensland several years back. It was rainy and windy and I'd heard so many horror stories about inshore saltwater crocodiles, that I kind of psyched myself out. I never connected to a barramundi, but I did manage some jungle perch in a crystal- [ 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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My buddy Matthew Reilly had the chance recently to wander in the remote Beartooths along the Montana-Wyoming border in search of golden trout. Native to the California Sierra, these rare cousins of rainbows and cutthroats occupy a few lakes in the high country just east of Yellowstone National Park [ READ MORE... ]
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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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