Fly Rod & Reel Spring Issue

Just finished up the spring issue of Fly Rod & Reel and thought I would give you a heads up to look for it on the newsstands now. We’re pretty proud of this issue for several reasons, including our decision to commission art for the cover. Fortunately for me I didn’t have to look far to find the right artist for the job. As most of you know, my father, Fred Thomas, is an award winning wildlife artist and a great outdoorsman and his illustration of a mayfly bursting through the cover of FRR is, in my opinion, a classic. But it’s not the only reason to check out this issue—we detail four super-productive spring hatches, Leeson reviews modern sling packs, Seth Norman takes us on a cruise through the Sacramento Delta for bass, Dave Hughes offers Continue reading

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The Winning NCAA Bracket

Just thought I’d share the winning bracket with you. Well, at least I hope this is the winning bracket. Certainly it doesn’t include the conventional pick (Kentucky) or my homer pick (Gonzaga). But this gives you a shot at winning some pools. Let me know if you see any picks you don’t agree with. Let the games begin. GT


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Redington to Launch Web-Based Fly-Fishing Video Series

Just got a heads-up from Redington detailing their newest video project, a six-part online film series called, Find Your Water. Based on the trailer (see below) and the locations where the various segments were shot—from the Olympic Peninsula to Florida and beyond—this should be worth watching. Check out Redington’s site for more info.

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Vedder River Steelhead Full of Plastic

A Chilliwack fisherman thought the steelhead he hooked last week on the Vedder River would make a fine supper before he cut it open to find its body stuffed with garbage.

Jordan Butt, 32, said he felt “disgusted” by what he found Feb. 13: Shards of blue, orange, black and white plastic, some the size of a loonie, perforating the Continue reading

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Transboundary Nightmare(s) in Waiting (Video)

I’m not a guy who likes to focus on doom and gloom, except when I haven’t had a hit from a steelhead in a week and I’m standing in a river in the rain for what seems like no reason, but I had to share this with you. This little trailer, sponsored by Trout Unlimted and Patagonia, and sent to me from Mark Hieronymus, who’s the sportfish Continue reading

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Randall Kaufmann’s Tying Dries and Tying Nymphs

Recently I’ve started tying flies again, not on a big scale level, but a few here and there, mostly nymphs, eggs and worms, the staple of any Rocky Mountain fly fisher’s spring arsenal. I also dug out the vice and materials so that my daughters could be creative, too. If you haven’t introduced your kids to tying you’re definitely missing out.

Anyway, all of this got me to thinking about how I got started in tying and the books that Continue reading

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Some Guides Oppose Bitterroot Sidechannel Closure

Most Montana anglers would agree that the Bitterroot River is one of the state’s most dangerous floats, mostly because the riverbed changes each year and scads of woody debris clogs some portions of the river. To put it bluntly, you have to be pretty good on the sticks, especially during spring and early summer, to navigate the river safely.

On top of that, the Bitterroot contains a side channel with a diversion dam that has, over the years, wreaked havoc on Continue reading

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You Write The Caption—8

Nothing like puppies, unless you are the one who has to take care of 11 of them by yourself. This picture shows just the yellow part of the equation from a litter my black lab, Shadow, had back in the 1990s. Some of  you probably remember seeing images of my other dog, Moose, in magazines and books, and many of you probably met him on the river. He’s in this picture, too. These dogs Continue reading

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Fly Fishing’s Show Season and Three Great Trips for 2015

When you’re in the fly-fishing business winter isn’t called winter, it’s called “Show Season.”

Between December and April most lodges and guide services hit at least one or two shows and some of them hit many more, ranging from New Jersey all the way to Lynwood, Washington, and all points between. If you are like me, you hit one or more of these shows, as a consumer, each year. I’ve been Continue reading

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Groups Sue USFW Over Big Hole Grayling

Montana’s Big Hole River is probably my favorite, for too many reasons to list here. However, I will offer a couple: first, it offers the opportunity to catch a mega brown or rainbow trout on any given cast, it seems like the epicenter of a great drink, the Moscow Mule, and, especially on its upper end, anglers can catch native grayling.

But the grayling’s hold in the Big Hole is tenuous, has been for a long time. The river Continue reading

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