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Yellowstone Cutts, 18 Years Later

In 2002, I waded into a bubble line near the Sulphur...

A Nod to Vince

There was grass to mow and weeds to pick, tools to be...

"Secrets to Share"

I haven’t seen a fish in Bonnie Brook for nearly three...

"It's Been a Tough Few Months"

It’s been a tough few months—a virus we can’t seem to...

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Dry Flies, Foul-Mouthed Daughters and the World’s Best Cherry Pie: Fishing Wisconsin’s Driftless Area

On my third cast of the morning, I hear the tell-tale clunk of the fly hitting the rod. I figure no big deal. Just a...

"Settling Into Summer"

I’m hiking down a path, one that winds along the edge of a field choked with brambles and wild cherry trees. Beside...

"Bones"

From the road, the Lamar River winds a twisted, blue path through bleached-yellow meadows in Yellowstone National...

The Relentless Pursuit of Fish, Reflection, and Creative Opportunity

I cherish moments where I need for nothing, my mind wanders, and I am able to reflect. It's the feeling when you do...

"Crazy Beauty"

Sensible people stay inside when it’s 30 degrees and snowing. Especially on the last Saturday of September. After...

Madness and Big Bluegill

On a basic level, all fly fishing is crazy. I mean, we’re using $800 rods and $400 reels to catch foot-long trout...

A Black and White World

Twice each day, every trout stream in the world turns into a black-and-white movie. This happens just before the sun...

"VQ"

Tom wasn’t a Native American. He was a fisherman. A fly fisherman. He’d been born to the children of immigrants...