Tying Tuesday: Blacked-out Pheasant Tail

Today's Tying Tuesday comes to us from the fine folks at Fly Fish Food. The pattern is one we're all familiar with - the Pheasant Tail nymph. But their take on it is a bit unique. It certainly looks like a good winter fly for my local fisheries. What do you think?

Cast With a Purpose

When I first started fishing, the most common feedback I received was to cast less. My line spent too much time in the air, and it was largely due to my casting without a purpose. As Justin Pickett details in this piece for Gink & Gasoline, casting with a goal in mind is crucial for fly fishing success. Read his story here.

Story: A New Chance at King Salmon

This story comes to us from Joe Doggett, over at Fly Fisherman Magazine. It recounts his adventure to a new fishing camp in Alaska, where the king salmon are plentiful and the people are nonexistent. Honestly, the camp sounds like heaven, and I want to plan a trip after reading Doggett's piece. You can read his story here.

Video: Rare Trout Chronicles Episode 4

In episode 4 of Rare Trout Chronicles - the fantastic series from Chase and Aimee Bartee - we're treated to a unique look at Death Valley. And just what does Death Valley have to do with rare trout? Well, I'll let Chase and Aimee explain that part of the story.

Opinion: The Best Kind of Fishing

This is a fun column that comes to us from the Crossville Chronicle, located in Crossville, Tennessee. Don Hazel, the author, writes about all the different fishing he's done, and what kind of fishing he enjoys the best. It's a fun read, which you can find in full here.

Podcast: Destination Angler with Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly is a great friend of mine, and he's an even better photographer. His video and still photography work is some of the best I've ever seen, and not just in fly fishing. Ryan's a versatile photographer, and you've probably seen his work on Instagram, where he posts under the handle @Greenriverflyfisher. Ryan was recently on the Destination Angler...

Madison River Issue Resolved

The malfunction at Hebgen Dam that caused the Madison River to drop to alarmingly low levels - endangering an entire year-class of new trout - has been fixed, per Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP). When the dam malfunctioned, flows dropped to around 177 cubic feet per second, leaving much of the upper Madison River dry. An immediate fishing closure...

Opinion: How We Fish Matters

This thought-provoking piece from Chris Hunt in Hatch Magazine shares a sentiment I've long tried to articulate myself. Sometimes, fly anglers do more damage to our beloved rivers and fish than we realize. Understanding our impact is important if we're ever going to achieve lasting conservation goals. Read all of what Hunt had to say here.

Hardy Sponsors Two Anglers on US Youth Team

Hardy Fly Fishing is showing its commitment to young anglers by sponsoring two members of the new US Youth Fly Fishing Team, Drew Bone from Bernalillo, New Mexico and Max Logan of Boulder, Colorado. Drew, who was introduced to fly fishing through his parents at the age of 2, and who became serious about competing in 2019, recently made the US Youth Fly...

Dam Failure Causes Fish Kill on Madison River

Sometime during the morning of Tuesday, November 30, 2021, a malfunction at the dam on Hebgen Lake near West Yellowstone, Montana caused the Madison River's flows to drop to around 177 cubic feet per second (cfs). With water levels that low, fish were stranded outside of the Madison's main channel. In addition, redds where brown trout were spawning were...