It’s been one of those weeks when you forget to pace yourself. You hop around, fishing a different stretch of a different river every night, chasing bugs that were supposed to be here a week earlier. You can’t take a night off, because if you do, you might miss it. The hatch lasts a couple…


Tuesday 2-For

From the Colorado to the Henry’s Fork high water and big bug season is upon us. The crew over at Henry’s Fork Anglers go slammin’ for salmonflies. Check out the invasion. “This is a short film of the epic salmonfly fishing on the Henry’s Fork River in Idaho. A few of the guides hit the…


Melancholic Dodding

Thinking about New Zealand makes us miserable. Mostly because it seems so far away. And we’re not there fishing it. Watch the video and prepare to ache. Via Frontsidefly: This video is made of scraps from a trip in 2011/12 to New Zealand. I’ve felt so depressed over the winter that edits such as this…


Forget Me Knot

One hundred miles from Dillingham, Alaska. One hundred hours of filming during the summer of 2012. Camille Egdorf delivers a short film spanning a trout- and salmon-rich season on the Nushagak River. “The summer of 2012, I dedicated over 100 hours to filming and documenting the experiences that not only I had but also of…


A Jackson Saga

The can-of-worms transactions and transitions between former Snake River Float Trips/ Jack Dennis Fishing Trips and the new Grand Teton Fly Fishing shop in Jackson has finally come full circle in the form of a new website, guiding business, and miniature retail outlet in the Dave Hansen Whitewater building at Broadway and Milward. Paul Bruun details the saga…


Keys: Economies of Scales

What’s a Florida Keys flat worth? Or how about healthy populations of tarpon, permit, and bonefish that frequent its shallow-water habitats? The answer is big bucks, according to a new study from the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. BTT states that flats-fishing is a significant money generator in the Keys, contributing more than $249 million to local…


Grizzly Eats GoPro

Alaska-based scientists come closer to curing grizzly bear halitosis thanks to the recent introduction of mint-flavored GoPro cameras. Via Brad Josephs: “When using a GoPro to capture unusually close footage of grizzly bears for the Great Bear Stakeout for BBC, I had a young bear actually chew on the camera. Amazingly there was no damage…

Puckett Opener

6-Pack With Paul Puckett

Replace Tony Montana’s coke smeared machine gun with a big brown. Substitute a Big Lebowski pistol grip with fish slime and fins. And swap Eastwood’s smoking barrels with a ballistic redfish and you have a good sense of fishing artist Paul Puckett’s mindset. Puckett recently moved from Atlanta, where he was working at The Fish…


FishHead App

Clinching second place next to Beer Pong HD at the esteemed “2013 Drake App Awards” the FishHead Mobile App ($6.99) delivers real-time beta on tides, moon phases, and weather, as well as river flows, gauge heights, and water temps. Points off for not vibrating when you catch a fish. You’ll need to download Koi Pond for…



Via filmmaker Ryan Peterson: “The Clean Water Act grants the EPA authority to protect these salmon and the 14,000 jobs that depend on them, by disallowing the Pebble Mine to go forward. You can help give voice to Bristol Bay, Alaska by submitting a comment in SUPPORT of the US EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.…


Why Pebble is the Pits

Bruce C. Switzer is the former head of environmental affairs for Cominco Ltd.—the company that sold Pebble Mine to Northern Dynasty for “peanuts” in 2001, citing environmental worries and the low-quality ore available at the site. In his column “Compass: Pebble Can’t Work for Alaska” he details a bogus permitting process and the risks associated with this…


Op-Ed: Snakehead

Living the dream has become a Big Apple nightmare for us snakeheads. Just yesterday I scooted my torpedo-shaped torso up the bank to maul a mallard with my morning espresso and was affronted by a gaggle of screaming children. No shit. It’s true we like to eat—a lot—and we breed with more gusto than a Kardashian…


Access on Trial: Update

On Monday, anglers and access stakeholders packed MSU Bozeman’s Strand Union building for Montana’s High Court hearing on the James Cox Kennedy v. State Stream Access Law snafu that will play a precedent setting role for future recreational river use across the state and beyond. In a nutshell: Kennedy’s lawyer, Peter Coffman, argued that Montana…

River Hope

River of Hope

Drake contributor John Larison, see “American Muddler” in the Spring 2013 issue, travels to the Oregon coast for a swing down memory lane in this short clip from Shane Anderson’s documentary River of Hope. Logging interests have slashed the once lush forest that lined the banks of this unnamed river. In the aftermath: spiked water…


Cox Blocking

This smiley guy again? You bet. The obese-pocketed Montana stream access nemesis, James Cox Kennedy, is back with his Supreme Court case waddling into a Bozeman courtroom next week. Kennedy’s Ruby River swath is set up like a Fort Knox of good trout fishing and the Atlanta media mogul doesn’t like to share, despite laws…