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Author: sdurrant

Mining Halted in Skagit River Watershed

Lynda Mapes is one of the best environmental reporters in America, and she just brought all anglers some fantastic news. In conjunction with Washington governor Jay Inslee, the government of British Columbia has announced the surrender of mining rights near the headwaters of the Skagit River. The surrender includes at nearly $20 million USD buyout from...

Story: "Tenkara Steelhead"

Last year I guided a set of brothers who are diehard tenkara anglers. I've dabbled in tenkara, but never extensively. Watching these guys put the hurt on high country trout was something else. That's why I'm so intrigued by this story from Tim Harris over at Gink & Gasoline. It details fishing for steelhead with tenkara. You can read the story in full...

Story: "The Jungle Cock Situation"

Jungle cock feathers are an integral ingredient for many classic fly patterns, especially Atlantic salmon flies. My grandfather tied some of the most beautiful salmon flies I've ever seen. What's interesting, though, is that importing wild jungle cock birds to America is banned, and has been for some time. This throwback story in Fly Fisherman...

Simms Buys River's Edge Fly Shop

Simms, the Bozeman, Montana-based wader and apparel manufacturer, announced last week that they've bought The River's Edge fly shop. The River's Edge has been a staple retail establishment in Bozeman for almost 40 years. You can read more about the purchase, and what it means for both Simms and The River's Edge, here.

Story: "Secret Season"

Pat Dorsey is one of the most respected guides in all of fly fishing, so when he has something to say, I'll always stop and listen. In this case, Pat is talking about something I truly love - fly fishing for trout in the dead of winter. He calls it a "secret season" because fewer anglers try their hand at fishing in the snow. If you don't want to retreat to...

Whip Finish Wednesday: Tying Tips for Beginners

If you're new to fly tying, it's not uncommon to feel like you're drinking from a firehose. There's so much information, so many patterns, and so many ways to tie the same fly, that it's tough to keep it all straight. That's why the folks at the Flying Ties YouTube channel decided to put together this video of their top five tips for beginning fly tiers.

Gear Review: Hardy Ultradisc Cassette Reel

I recently had the chance to fish and review one of Hardy's newest products - their Ultradisc Cassette reel. The reel is a pretty impressive piece of gear, with plenty of power to put the brakes on the biggest of trout. You can read the review in full here.

VA Fly & Wine Sees Great Turnout Despite Challenges

The Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival celebrated its 21st anniversary on January 15-16, 2022, at the state fairgrounds in Doswell. At the new year’s first in-person retail fly-fishing event, nearly 90 vendors--from lodges, fly shops, guide services, artists, and specialty food vendors to multiple wineries and a distillery--catered to anglers of all...

The Best Trout Reel for You

P.T. Barnum said there’s a sucker born every minute; what he didn’t account for was that rate doubling among the fly fishing population. Put something shiny and sleek in a slick Instagram ad and even those of us who fish decades-old tackle in defiance of the never-ending deluge of new gear start wondering if we’re missing out on something.  That’s...

Support Roadless Rule in Tongass National Forest

The public comment period for anyone who wants to add their voice to the roadless rule issue in Alaska's Tongass National Forest is soon coming to a close. If successful, the roadless rule will prevent old-growth logging in the Tongass. You can read more about the initiative here.