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Author: sdurrant

Throwback Thursday: Classic Fishing in America

Fishing used to be an affair entirely concerned with harvesting fish. Aside from those odd folks in tweed, throwing bamboo and chicken feathers at trout, most folks in the mid-20th century fished to catch and keep something to eat. Nowhere is that more apparent than in this amazing bit of old footage, probably from the 1940s or 50s. While we cringe today at...

Podcast on Fly Fishing in Texas

Chances are, when you think of Texas, fly fishing doesn't immediately come to mind. The state is a haven for private big game hunts for exotic animals. However, the Hill Country of south Texas is home to some surprisingly great trout fishing. In the latest podcast from the folks over at Ask About Fly Fishing, guide Chris Johnson tells all about fly fishing...

Podcast: Healing through Fly Fishing

So, I almost never get this opportunity, but I couldn't pass it up. A politician (former, in this case) discussed fly fishing on a podcast, and did so in a thoughtful, caring way. Former NBA player and senator Bill Bradley (D, N.J.) hosts an intriguing podcast entitled "American Voices." In a recent episode, he interviews veterans about fly fishing, and how...

Giant Norwegian Salmon

Norway is a bucket-list angling destination for many people, and for good reason. It's a gorgeous, relatively untouched, country, with fish that don't see as much pressure as those in other European countries. But it's not just the trout that are the main draw in this country. A recent article by Askel Hembre details what he calls a "River of big salmons...

Skydiving, Kayaking, and Fly Fishing VR Therapy

What do skydiving, kayaking, and fly fishing all have in common? Not much at first glance. But a recent piece from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, MO) ties them together in one of the most unique, and meaningful, ways I've ever seen. Veterans in St. Louis now have the opportunity to participate in these activities thanks to virtual reality. And...

Conservation Stories to Watch in 2020

Now that the New Year is fully underway, I wanted to put together a piece that highlights some of the good conservation work that's going down in 2020. The more awareness we have, as anglers, of what's going on in the conservation world, the better chance our wildlife and wilderness has at surviving. We have a moral imperative as anglers to preserve and...

Movie Monday: Headed Home

Today, I wanted to go a different route than we have with previous Movie Monday releases. This isn't your traditional fly fishing film. It's centered around much more of a story than most videos, and I think that's why it resonated so well with me. Shot in Finland, this video entitled "Headed Home" really gets to the heart of what fly fishing is all about...

EPA to be Cut Out of Water Policy

Per an article in The Boston Globe, new changes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed by the Trump administration would eliminate the input of EPA scientists on forthcoming water policy across the country. Per the Globe, the Trump administration is poised to unveil new policies aimed at removing what they see as unnecessary federal...

New Study Reveals Need for Tarpon Protections

Tarpon are one of the most popular game fish in the world - not just in fly fishing circles. Their popularity is understandable, since they're renowned as fighters, jump out of the gym, and grow to enormous sizes. Now, the results of a study that lasted 18 years show us that the prized game fish is in need of protections. This study looked at migration...

Sage Payload Rod Review

Sage is a household name in the fly fishing world, and for good reason. They've long been at the forefront of rod building innovation, and continue to produce great fly fishing tools. Where I come from, here in the Rockies, Sage has a reputation as a faster-action, stiff rod that slices through a Wyoming wind like a hot knife through butter. While that's...