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Author: sdurrant

Story: Winter Fly Fishing

This story is the latest installment in Dom Swentosky's series on fly fishing during the winter months, titled "Something's Always Gonna Hurt." As an avid winter fly fisher myself, I can attest to the truth of Dom's story. Something always hurts when you're fishing in the coldest months of the year. But it hurts more to stay at home. Read the story in full...

Opinion: Infrastructure Matters for Wildlife

This is an interesting piece from Ashlee Abrantes, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington, in which she argues that wildlife need as much help with their infrastructure as humans need with ours. It's an interesting premise, obviously spurred by the recent passage of the infrastructure bill in the U.S. Congress. Read Abrantes's story here.

Tying Tuesday: Yarn Shrimp

Small midge and shrimp patterns work great as we transition from the fast and furious fall fishing, into the more tranquil days of winter. When fish don't want to move far for a high-calorie meal, shrimp especially can present a great target. This video from AP Fly Tying walks us through the simple process of tying yarn shrimp.

Fly Fishers Raise Money for Rett Syndrome

Fly fishers in Colorado gather a few times per year to help raise money for treating Rett Syndrome, a rare disease that affects mostly baby girls. To learn more about how fly anglers can help raise money for this disease, read the story here.

Opinion: Fly Fishing During the Spawn

Over the past few years, I've talked extensively about how to responsibly fish during spawning season. This year, I decided to take things a step further and share my opinion that fishing during the spawn isn't always the wrong choice. To understand why I feel that way, you can read this story here.

Madison River Group Weighing New Rules

With the immense pressure on the Madison River these days, the Madison River Work Group has its work cut out for them to craft rules that balance all interests on one of the West's most famous waters. The Work Group is set to debate new rules in early December. You can get an overview of what's on the docket here.

Fly Casting Tips

Kent Klewein, over at Gink & Gasoline, put this story together on how you can perfect the timing of your fly cast. As a guide myself, I love the simple steps Kent outlines here, and they'll more than likely help you improve your casting. Read the story here.

EPA Announces Bristol Bay Timeframe

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released a timeframe for determining the next steps needed to protect Bristol Bay under the authority of the Clean Water Act. This is a major step forward in ensuring that Bristol Bay remains the world's largest reserve of wild sockeye salmon. Read more about the timeframe here.

Speak Up for Colorado River Management

Per a news release from Angling Trade, the Grand Mesa, Uncompaghre, and Gunnison National Forest's operating plan is up for revision. This national forest is home to the headwaters of the Colorado River, including fisheries like the Taylor, San Miguel, and Gunnison Rivers. With the operating plan up for revision, now is a great time to speak up and ask...

Video: Life in the Cactus Forest

Chase and Aimee Bartee are back at it with their phenomenal series "For Wild's Sake." Their latest installment sets the stage for the rare fish of the desert Southwest, in the cactus forest. Watch the video below.