Most ski tourists don’t think of flyfishing as a legitimate resort-town option in the wintertime. And why would they, as long as the snow and skiing is good? But say you’re on day six of a weeklong ski trip and fresh snow has failed to fall. Or your legs are tired from fighting moguls for…Details
From pupae to pike to perfectionist A FEW MONTHS AFTER I’D MOVED to southwest Colorado to start my first guiding season, I was introduced to Mark Engler. My boss and head guide, Andy Lee, described him as the best trout angler he’d ever met. Coming from the best trout angler I’d ever met, this was…Details
You can hammer on kids all day, in the classroom, about how over-fishing, pollution and unsustainable development are destroying ocean environments—especially flats. But in order for those lessons to sink in, it helps to get students’ feet in the sand with a bonefish in hand. At least that was the goal of a recent bonefish…Details
Starting today, Veterans Day, Simms is offering a special edition G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot to benefit the Bozeman-based Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation (WQW).
Citing danger to fish populations, Oregon will ban suction dredging in early January. The gold extraction technique uses a giant vacuum to hoover river bottom substrate such as gold… and, consequently, bugs and salmon and steelhead eggs.
Alaska’s Susitna River is one of the world’s biggest and healthiest wild salmon watersheds. A controversial government plan aims to tap its hydroelectric potential via a $6 billion, 735-foot concrete dam. As part of studies done in advance of the project, scientists radio-tagged a king salmon that made an unexpected, unbelievable journey. Stay tuned for…Details
Utah’s shaky stance on fishing access got slapped with some common sense yesterday afternoon, when Judge Derek Pullan of Utah’s 4th District Court ruled in favor of the public’s right to lawfully access and recreate on ALL of Utah’s public rivers and streams.
WASHINGTON, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK—Most anglers will change anything and everything to feel the tug of a wild steelhead. After swinging through a few juicy runs without a grab, we’ll vary our presentations. A few more unproductive runs will result in changed tips, new flies, or yes… even a bobber and bead. By the end of…Details
In November 2011, Joey Maxim beat death. Just barely. The car crash collapsed his lungs and pinched his spine, leaving him unresponsive to paramedics at the scene. His doctors said if Joey made it, he wouldn’t walk or talk the same ever again. In Mend, a Kickstarter film project from TwoFisted Heart Productions and Sharptail…Details
Kerouac nailed the illuminating capacity of crisscrossing America in On the Road, where the writer’s pseudonymous Sal Paradise trawls the landscape for adventure against a backdrop of jazz, poetry, and good drugs.
Stefan and Emilie went to Slovenia in spring 2015 for a couple of days of sight-fishing for big ‘bows and marbles. It rained, but the rivers stayed ridiculously clear, and guide Matt Calderano came through in the clutch. “I tried to make a story from the footage we got from the trip and it’s the first…Details
It sounds like expensive wader technology, but the Cold-Water Climate Shield is actually a new federal project designed to identify cold-water streams and habitat for native fish species across five western states.
As a child, Mark Engler had a dream—that one day he’d live this life, hunting and fishing everyday. In order to achieve it, Engler has spent decades in Colorado and New Mexico, devoting his waking hours to catching more fish than anyone and tying some of the most effective flies that Four Corners’ trout have…Details
Tim Rajeff, of Rajeff Sports, and Argentinian guide Óscar Dono, of Fly Fishing Patagonia, fish for rainbows and browns on the Limay—one of the largest rivers in Argentine Patagonia. “An awesome angler fishing in an awesome environment always yields a fun and entertaining experience, even for the cameraman!” Camera and edit by Todd Moen.
Washington’s Grand Coulee Dam on the upper Columbia River, located about two hours north of Spokane, was completed in 1942. Today, the energy-producing colossus remains one of the mightiest of its kind in the country.
What do brown trout and most cats have in common? They both love to chomp on mice, obviously. And now thanks to the world’s first flyfishing pet toy built to fish for felines, you can twist on a Mr. Hankey and hook a trophy kitty. Sam Walton’s new Cat-Fish Kickstarter campaign is well on its…Details
The 2015 Sugarloaf Showdown tourney runs from Nov. 12 to 14 at the Sugarloaf Marina and Sugarloaf Lodge Tiki Bar. This year’s catch and release inshore event targets permit, bonefish, and barracuda and is riding on the success of last year’s great turnout.
Bright waters, bright fish, and one of the best wild steelhead edits we’ve seen in a minute. Jeroen Wohe, owner of Skeena River Lodge, shares his thoughts on flyfishing in B.C.—and hooks a few nice ones along the way.
After more than 100 years of abuse, California’s wild salmon and steelhead are on the ropes. And like many populations up and down the West Coast, these fish are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Globetrotting angler Christiaan Pretorius was fortunate enough to call Rynda—on Russia’s Kola Peninsula—his home for four weeks this past season. “It’s very rare nowadays to find fisheries that are still so untouched and in their raw form,” Pretorius says. “The people at Rynda are so special in the sense that they care so much about these…Details
Help hurricane-ravaged communities and businesses in the southern Bahamas Reports in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin have been dire, with much of the southern Bahamas seeing catastrophic destruction from the storm. Many of the southern out islands—such as Long Island, Crooked, and Cat—have immediate needs for food, water, and sewage, according to the Caribbean Disaster…Details
This week, Trout Unlimited released the results from its poll of more than 630 active steelhead anglers in California, Oregon, and Washington, which shows positive signs of support for wild steelhead conservation and for managing fisheries to sustain wild steelhead populations.
When Winston added a third “I” to its BIIx rods several years back, the classic all-around sedan received an engine upgrade in the form of boosted horsepower. Thanks to a slightly stiffer mid-section and tip, the speedier BIIIx performed great in the wind and was more accurate at longer distances than its predecessor.
Congress stood by and watched as the highly successful, fifty-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on October 1st. Possibly the most important conservation program in the country, the LWCF funded national, state and local parks, civil war memorials, national forests, fishing and hunting access, and myriad more needs on public lands.
Broad coalition to rally on the lower Snake River in support of removing four deadbeat dams WAWAWAI LANDING, WA—On Saturday, Oct. 3, salmon advocates, tribal members, anglers, kayakers, outfitters, orca lovers, and business owners will join forces to rally on the Snake River and unfurl a 100-foot banner with a singular message: Free the Snake.Details
Micro Management is packed with pint-size tarpon mastering the art of flight—all part of Dan Decibel’s submission to the 2015 POONFECTA (Baby Tarpon on fly Tournament) Film Festival. Which he won, by the way.
I STOOD AT ATTENTION in front of my Colonel after a firm and deliberate salute: “Captain Church reporting as ordered Ma’am.” “Yes, Captain Church, why did I just find out during my executive staff meeting that you were detained in a Qatari jail?” Her look said that she demanded more of the story than the…Details