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Podcast Roundup

This week's Podcast Roundup features a classic conversation about how trout "think," an annual airing of grievances, and stories about chasing the world's toughest fish. If you have a podcast you'd like to see featured here, please let us know! Orvis Podcast: How Trout Think In this classic episode of the Orvis podcast, Tom Rosenbauer sat down with Dr. Russ...

Early Season Pike Tips

Pike are a fun fish to catch on the fly - so I've been told. I've been skunked every time I've chased these fish, but I know enough anglers who absolutely love catching them (and I'll be honest, it looks like a blast). According to Chris Hunt's recent story in Hatch Magazine, the earlier in the season you chase pike, the better luck you'll have. Hunt's...

AFF Launches Salmonfly Project on Yellowstone River

The AFFTA Fisheries Fund (AFF) - the conservation arm of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association - recently announced the launch of The Salmonfly Project on the Yellowstone River. The Salmonfly Project is a research initiative that studies the decline of aquatic insects in Western rivers. According to their website, the Salmonfly Project was started by...

Smith Launches New Hookset Frames

Smith has announced the release of their newest frames, the Hookset. These frames boast a bevy of new features, including two new lens options. Beginning with the frames themselves, Smith developed a new design that reduces light leakage and provides complete coverage to the angler while on the water. Smith also opted to build these frames with their Evolve...

Renewed Push for Dolores River Monument

Trout Unlimited (TU) and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) have renewed their push for a national monument along the Dolores River in Colorado. Along with those conservation groups, the effort is also supported by Colorado senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, both Democrats, and Representative Lauren Boebert, a Republican. The push for a...

Tying Tuesday

This week's Tying Tuesday features some fun flies, including a jig leech that's designed for use in rivers, a great searching nymph, and new flies from Charlie Craven. Up first is the Burnt Toast jig leech, designed for use in rivers. I know a few folks who swear by this style of fly, especially on tailwaters, and I'm quickly becoming a convert. There's...

Gear Review: Winston Air 2 MAX

When I think of a Winston, I think of my collection of pre-IM6 Fisher-rolled 2-piece graphite rods that are unquestionably the best dry fly sticks ever built. My mind is as far away from big flies and meat-eating trout as it's possible to get. A few months ago, however, while on a visit to the R.L. Winston Rod Co factory in Twin Bridges, Montana, longtime...

Home Water

Unless you live within a stone's throw of a legendary trout river, chances are your home water isn't a major tourist draw. Folks will always make the trek to Ennis or Last Chance, because the fishing there is the stuff trout dreams are made of. Rarely will someone book a hotel in Provo, Utah, to explore the trout streams of the Wasatch Front Range. Those...

Podcast Roundup

This week's Podcast Roundup features a show about Reeling in Serenity, setting the hook, and reflecting on how you prepare for a fly fishing trip. As always, if you have suggestions of great podcasts you'd like featured here, let us know! Articulate Fly: Reeling in Serenity Marvin Cash, host of the Articulate Fly, sat down with Sylvia and Ian Huron to talk...

Apache Trout in Arizona

If you're interested in the native trout of the American West, then you're probably at least aware of the Apache trout. This fish is native to Arizona, and while it faced serious problems in recent years, populations are available for recreational angling. Cameron Chambers does an excellent job of detailing all the fly fishing opportunities for Apache trout...