Author Archives: Marshall Cutchin

On Yvon Chouinard and “the Death of the Outdoors”

In The Bullseye, Todd Wilkinson offers his perspective on a recent New Yorker magazine piece that profiles Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia. Wilkinson has been an environmental journalist for 30 years and is the author of the recent award-winning book Grizzlies of Pilgrim … more

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How to Tie a Holy Grail Caddis Emerger

“For those of you seeking a weighty, truly effective, do-all caddis emerger, your quest might well have ended,” says Tim Flagler of the Holy Grail Caddis Emerger.  Tim demonstrates the steps to tie this versatile pattern and adds tips for …

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How to Tie a Puff Daddy Blue-Winged Olive

Matt Grobert shows how to tie a Puff Daddy Blue-Winged Olive in this week’s featured tying video.  “This is one of those times where it really pays to be picky about materials,” notes videographer Tim Flagler. “Matt starts with high quality natural …

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How to Tie a Vanilla Iso Parachute

The Vanilla Iso Parachute, a variation on the Iso Iso Baby, is the focus of this week’s tying video by Tim Flagler. Flagler innovates with a soft foam parachute and shows the steps for effectively locking it into place.  “I’ve …

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How to Tie the Foam Beetle 2.0

Tim Flagler demonstrates the steps for tying an improved version of a classic fall pattern, the Foam Beetle 2.0.  As Flagler says, “this one uses very thin rubber leg material, as opposed to hackle fibers, to represent legs, and I …

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How to Tie a Cinnamon Flying Ant

Tim Flagler shows how to tie a hi-vis Cinnamon Flying Ant in this week’s featured tying video.   Terrestrials are a great choice during the waning hatches of late summer and early fall.  This pattern is fun to both tie …

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Montana FWP Closes Yellowstone from Park to Laurel

Citing the sudden appearance of  Proliferative Kidney Disease, a serious illness that impacts both whitefish and trout, this morning Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks closed the Yellowstone from the Park’s northern boundary to Laurel, Montana, which is near Billings.  The closure affects all water-based … more

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How to Tie the Brooks Sprout Midge Emerger

The Brooks Sprout Midge Emerger is the featured pattern in this week’s tying video. A basic sprout midge pattern authored by Bob Brooks, it’s a remarkably adaptable pattern that can be tied in a wide variety of colors and sizes, though …

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How to Tie a Squirrel and Herl Bugger

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Squirrel and Herl Bugger pattern in this week’s featured fly-tying video. “When I get rolling, I can actually tie Squirrel and Herls faster than I can standard Woolly Buggers,” says Flagler.  “And it never hurts …

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How to Tie the Bighorn CDC X-Caddis

It’s almost time for the amazing black caddis hatches on Montana’s Bighorn.  To mark the season, Matt Grobert shows how to tie the versatile Bighorn CDC X-Caddis, a pattern almost guaranteed to draw big fish out of shallow riffles.

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