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The Case for Stoneflies

Louis Cahill put this piece together over at Gink & Gasoline a couple days ago, and I found it somewhat surprising that he has to make a case for stoneflies. I always have a few dozen of these in my fly boxes, and a lot of anglers I know do as well. Regardless, it's an interesting piece, and worth a read. View the piece in full here.

15 Fish in 15 Weeks

Earlier this year, we reported on the All Fish All Oklahoma Fly Fishing Challenge put on by Trout Unlimited Chapter 420. The goal of the event was for anglers to catch 15 species of fish in Oklahoma in 15 weeks. The event is over, and Kelly Bostian from the Tulsa World penned a great recap of his adventures across the state this summer. You can read it in...

How to Train a Good Fishing Dog

This article caught my attention thanks to a chat I had with John Gierach and Bob White a few years back, about fishing dogs. Specifically, we discussed - while sitting on the boat ramp on Utah's Green River - whether the Australian shepherd standing watch in the raft launching ahead of us would make a good fishing dog. This piece from Bri Dostie, over...

The Albie Approach

The fine folks at Winston recently posted this great story about false albacore fishing, by Captain Peter Douma, a guide based out of Montauk, NY. I've yet to really experience true saltwater fly fishing - I've fished in the surf in Alaska for pink salmon and dolly varden - but Douma's piece makes me want to plan a trip tomorrow. You can read it in full...

Lake Superior Steelhead: Tips to Land Your First Chrome

When most anglers think of steelhead, they think of the ever-diminishing runs in the Pacific Northwest. But there's a decent steelhead fishery in the Great Lakes; specifically, in Lake Superior. While these fish aren't native to Lake Superior, they offer a great chance to hook into fish most anglers spend a lifetime chasing. You can read Gear Junkie's guide...

The Good American Outdoors Act

In his most recent piece over at Hatch Magazine, Chad Shmukler echoes some of the same sentiments and concerns I shared a few weeks ago about the Great American Outdoors Act. Mainly, Shmukler argues that funding conservation with money generated from oil and gas development on federal land is a "deal with the devil." While I don't agree with all of what...

Flashback Friday: My Grandfather's Fly Rod

This week, I figured for our regular look back at fly fishing history, I'd share this great video from Suffering Outdoors. The man behind this YouTube channel restores and fishes his grandfather's old bamboo fly rod, which was originally built in the 1940s. It's a well-done video, and a reminder of the simplicity that got so many of us into the sport in the...

Orvis's Simon Perkins Interviewed on Yahoo Finance

Yahoo Finance had Orvis president Simon Perkins on for an interview about how the longtime fly fishing retail giant is maintaining and growing its customer base during the pandemic. Any time that fly fishing gets major attention in a big news source, it's always worth our time as anglers to watch and share. The more folks we have who are interested and...

Check Your Basement for Old Fishing Gear

The New York Times just ran a story about antique fishing gear, and the surge for it on the collector's market. As an avid collector of vintage fly rods myself, I'm both happy and sad to see an article like this. Happy, because hopefully some of the rods I'm missing from my collection find their way to market soon; and sad, because I don't want the prices...

5 Reasons to Use the Uni Knot

The merits of various line tapers, rod tapers, and knots will always be sources of endless debate among fly anglers. Kent Klewein decided to weigh in recently, with his list of 5 reasons that he uses the Uni knot for trout fishing. You can read the post in full here.