I actually wrote this headline, Texas Who Knew, tongue-in-cheek, as I’ve been to Texas with seven-weight sticks in hand and managed to take some very nice bass on the Powerhouse lakes. After watching this video, one in Redington’s series, Find Your Water, I know there’s way more to explore. Check it out and start dreaming.
If you haven’t fished eastern Canada’s Atlantic salmon you’re missing out. These fish are the equal of our western steelhead and grow to larger size. Fish them early in the summer and they are chrome bright rockets. Wait until late August or early September and you’ll find a mix of fresh fish and some that have been in the river for a month or more. You can still Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Montana Wild produces hunting and fishing videos on its website and is owned and Continue reading