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The Bridge Season

Author Rob Breeding opens his latest article in the Flathead Beacon with a line that, as a current student in a Modern American Literature class, I fully relate to: Mid-February can be the cruelest month. Breeding's fun piece is about the bridge season between winter and spring - and how it's a lot closer than we really think. Read through this story...

Podcast: Charles Jardine on The Fly Culture

This podcast is new-to-me, and likely new to a lot of anglers here in the States. Pete Tyjas hosts "The Fly Culture" from the United Kingdom, and recently had Charles Jardine on to discuss all things fly fishing. Jardine is an author, painter, and photographer, and offers some great insight into the world of fly fishing during his time with Tyjas on the...

Peace, Love, and Fly Fishing

With today being Valentine's Day, I figured it was only appropriate to wax poetic about the nature of love as it intertwines with fly fishing. Unfortunately, as a chronic bachelor, I felt my musings on the subject would fall far short of the truth. So, I'll defer instead to this piece in Big Sky Journal that published in 2019 - "Peace, Love, and Fly...

Billionaires in the West

In this intriguing interview with Yale sociologist and author Justin Farrell, we're treated to an upfront view of a problem plaguing the American West. The problem, as Farrell discusses with journalist Carl Segerstrom of High Country News, is that the influx of billionaires in recent years to western states such as Wyoming has created such an income...

Hank Patterson: Making a Fly Fishing Film

Legendary fly fishing expert and guide Hank Patterson is back once again, this time with irresistible wisdom concerning the making of fly fishing films. If you want to make an award-winning fly fishing film - which of course debuts on the film tour circuit - then you need look no further than Hank's endlessly helpful documentary. And who are we to tell the...

Barbless Co. Launches New Podcast Network

The Barbless Podcast Network is the first-of-its-kind outdoor podcast network that brings high quality, localized fly fishing and conventional angling content to anglers in WA’s Olympic Peninsula, Northern CA, Truckee/Tahoe, CA and San Diego ,CA. You can listen to the show below, and visit their website to learn more about this new network.

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...

Angling for Surprise

Fly fishing lends itself to stories, perhaps more so than any other sport. The best stories, though, are the ones that discuss something more than fishing - which is exactly what we have in Dave Hughes's latest for American Angler.  His opening paragraph reads, "I know folks who wouldn’t dream of taking a trip to fish a famous river without first...

Is Hotspotting A Real Problem?

If I had to pick one question that I receive as a fishing writer, it would be, "where did you catch that fish?" I try to keep the smartass "in the mouth" comments to myself, but it's tiring trying to explain why I don't like to share the locations of most places that I fish. Chris Hunt wrote all about this topic in a recent article for Hatch...

Chester Allen: "I Can See Clearly Now"

"FOR MOST of my fish-addled life, a winter trip to Florida was a sanity-saving jump into summer for a week or so," writes Chester Allen in his new column."I made the jump to Florida the second week of March this year, but I landed into another version of winter." Find out how the rest of the story turns out in "I Can See Clearly Now."