Southwest Montana Spring Brown

You can get great dry fly fishing during spring in southwest Montana, but this time of year always screams streamers and brown trout under snowcapped peaks with brilliant green lining the foothills and river corridors. It really is the prettiest time of year here.

I was able to get out this past Continue reading

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Redington Profiles Artist Josh DeSmit

Here’s a quick one on a guy going big and trying to become a full time artist. Having grown up in an artist’s family I know the trials of this. However, as  my father has proven, it’s possible to make a great living as an artist, as long as you are smart, business savvy, and work tirelessly toward a goal. Enjoy. GT

Find Your Water: Season 2, Episode 1: An Artist’s Frontier from Redingtongear on Vimeo.

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Farmed Atlantic Salmon Versus Wild and Sustainable Alaska Salmon. Go Wild.

I’ve never reposted content, but I feel inclined to set this piece at the top of the stack again. It’s that important. This post was first seen in 2013 and it is one of the most read pieces on Angler’s Tonic. Nothing has changed. Costco still sells farmed Atlantic salmon from nasty net pens. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec are all in major battles to preserver wild Atlantics. Norway is the problem that it has always been. Give this a read. Do something about it—only eat wild salmon, Alaska-caught being the most sustainable option. Think about buying and eating wild pink salmon instead of kings. Pinks can be found in abundance. Kings are suffering. If not kings, try wild reds/sockeye from Bristol Bay, Alaska. Here’s the read. Continue reading

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Fly Rod & Reel Spring Issue Available Now

Just wrapped up the spring issue and it will be hitting the newsstands soon. I think you’ll find it well worth reading with lots of solid technical information along with numerous fun reads, including the second installment of our essay section, this time with a theme of fly-fishing culture. In the mix is Chris Santella, who covers fly-fishing vocabulary; Robert Robinson is in it again with his take on prioritizing in favor of fishing; John Gierach makes an appearance with his take on the modern beard fad; and Seth Norman shares his view on flies and what goes into naming them.

You’ll find the full features in this issue, too, mine being on fishing for steelhead on the Continue reading

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Hatch’s $100 Nippers and Simms’ Quick Stash Lanyard . . . until death do us part

The question isn’t whether paying a hundred bucks for a pair of nippers is worth it. The question is how are you not going to lose them after you fork out the dough.

Hatch’s nippers come on the heals of Abel’s fancy nippers, which debuted around 2006 and seemed very expensive at that time. Hatch introduced its hot rod nippers in mid-2015 upping the ante in spades. I was able to secure a prototype at the ICAST show in Continue reading

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The Color of Steelhead

I think it’s interesting how, many times, we can tell what a person is fishing for and where just by the color of the flies they carry with them. A spring box in Montana is all about worms, skwalas and blue-wing olives. A fall box from Idaho has October caddis and Baetis stamped all over it. Henry’s Fork in June? PMDs, maybe some salmon flies, brown drakes and caddis galore. Lenice in May and June—a cluster of damsels. Here’s a shot from my recent trip to British Columbia and this pile of flies screams nothing but, STEELHEAD! Love the color mix. If I only could pick one fly from the tangle it would be pink. Pink means steelhead. But it sure is nice to throw blacks and blues and reds and purples some days. Got a favorite color for metal? Share it with us and your reasons why. GT

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Haida Gwaii, British Columbia Round Two

One of the most remote steelhead outposts on earth is Haida Gwaii, which consists of two magical islands off British Columbia’s northern mainland coast. I visited the islands several years ago and vowed to return. Last week I made good on that promise.

These islands aren’t well known in the steelheading circles and,
in fact, prior to the trip, when people asked where I was going in British Columbia, they asked the predictable questions—Bulkley? Skeena? Copper? Vedder? Squamish? Etc. When I told them Continue reading

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Montana Wild Filmakers Busted By FWP, NFS

A well-known local film company is in hot water for not following laws in film and fishing while shooting a piece on fly fishing for Montana’s bull trout, which is only legal on a few waters in the state. After a two year investigation Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the US Forest Service are throwing the law at Montana Wild. Read on for the full story from our friends at Angling Trade.

By Geoff Mueller, via Angling Trade

If you commit a crime—and hope to get away with it—best not film those exploits and share them with the public. Case in point, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) last week released results from a two-year investigation targeting Montana Wild, the Missoula-based flyfishing film company that did just that.

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New Protections for Great Bear Rainforest’s Old Growth and Nimmo Bay Resort

This is not an end-all solution to what plagues British Columbia in general and the Great Bear rainforest in particular, but this is great news for the continued health of this wonderful area, including its fisheries. The Great Bear offers unbelievable vistas and a rich variety of angling options, ranging from winter and spring steelhead, to spring and summer kings, to fall cohos, Continue reading

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Patagonia’s New Waders, 2016—designed and endorsed by the Wader Task Force

I had a chance to test Patagonia’s new waders in August while fishing several streams in East Idaho. Patagonia has placed a lot of effort into these waders with the goal of creating the best wader on the planet. They had to: in past years inconsistent manufacturing practices caused too much variation in the performance of PG waders so the company formed the Wader Task Force to make their waders the best they could be.

I only got a couple days on the water and the waders performed nicely, but I’m going to give them a more arduous test when I pack them with me on several trips during 2016, to see how Continue reading

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