MT Rivers on the Drop

You can still find some muddy water in Montana, and maybe we’re still a week out on the Clark Fork, but some of the smaller waters are falling nicely, running mostly clear and if not wadable all the way across, at least manageable from the near bank.

So last night I was wondering if I should hit the town, Missoula, for Five on Black and then a drink or two. But at the last minute I asked, Why? So I loaded up the gear and made a drive to some of my favorite grounds. Found a stream in perfect shape and bugs occasionally popping off. Not enough to say a full-fledge hatch, but enough to gather the trout’s attention and get them looking up. Was nicely surprised to catch three fish right off the bat on an olive Stimi, and when I broke that off I found the fish Continue reading

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SIMMS’ Ode To The New Wade-Fisher

It’s not getting any easier to find “fresh” water these days, but the wading angler might have just as good a chance, or better, as someone in a boat. So don’t let your lack of floatation keep you from adventure. In fact, until someone starts hiring helicopter pilots to air-drop boats or rafts into the mountains, those Continue reading

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Idaho Trout and Char Get Free Ride

Saw this piece in the Missoulian and found it interesting. Figured all of you would, too. Don’t know if this makes more sense than cleaning up the habitat and giving all these fish a real chance, but I’m sure the fish don’t mind.

CABINET, Idaho – Like any immigration story, this one has a border with a big wall and a population that wants desperately to move from one side to the other. Some enjoy privileged passage. Others are viewed with suspicion. Lots of government agencies are involved.

When a bull trout reaches the Idaho-Montana border Continue reading

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Brown Trout Spank-Down from Montana Wild

Saw this video on Outside.com today and wanted to share what some local Missoula boys are doing. In this vid they travel south, all the way to southern Idaho, to tangle with tailwater browns. I don’t think the river is as secret as they make it sound, but nonetheless there are times when you can have it to yourself. They show a nice array of brown trout, but there are much larger beasts to be had. This should get you fired up for the Memorial Day Weekend. Check this out and visit Montana Wild for more video pleasure.

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Keeping Warm on the Water: Patagonia’s Proven Capilene Layering System

Dave McCoy, all “Capped out” and taking one final measure for warmth, on a cold December float down the Skagit River.

I know it’s mid-May and everyone thinks we’ve turned the corner and that summer and a seemingly endless supply of 80-degree days is just about on us, but the truth is we are going to get some late spring dousings that will chill us to the core, if we’re not prepared.

That happened a couple years ago, in late May, when two of my buds and I rolled to the Big Hole and ended up driving through eight inches of snow on the pass between Anaconda and Wisdom. What do you do? You fish anyway. We did. Launched the boat and threw streamers all day. And one of my buds almost froze to death. He got real quiet because he wasn’t dressed right. We dug through our bags and found stocking hats and, best of all, Continue reading

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Antique Rod Holder

Was digging around in the house yesterday and came across this, an antique rod holder for travel by car. Sure, it’s not as high-tech as what we see today (i.e. Titan Rod Valuts), but this was probably a savior to those in the day. Definitely a Norman McClane vintage piece. Wondering if any of you collect antique tackle or know people who do. Continue reading

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Desert Gold: Carp on the Fly

Here’s another installment of Redington’s Find Your Water. Carp aren’t about to change my life, but they are a good option when I can’t fish steelhead and salmon, or streamer fish for big browns. This just shows that fishing is where you find it and you can often find it a lot closer to home than you think. And adventure is what you make of it—you don’t have to travel half way across the planet to find what you’re looking for. Often challenge and reward are right in front of your eyes.

Find Your Water: Season 1, Episode 3: Desert Gold from Redingtongear on Vimeo.

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NPFMC Reduces King Salmon Bycatch Limit

Failing western Alaska king salmon runs, including those to the fabled Kanektok River, have prompted proposed changes in the Bering Sea pollock fishery. Unfortunately, implementation won’t begin until 2017.

This news comes on the heels of  a recent announcement that the king salmon season for streams draining into the Bering Sea has been cancelled for 2015. Hopefully that closure, plus the implementation of these new pollock fishery recommendations will stem a tide that has seen king salmon runs to remote western Alaska fisheries plunge in recent years. Read the story here and let me know if you think the Council is doing enough to save our sacred kings. GT

Federal fisheries managers have reduced the allowable incidental catch of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea pollock fishery, in a policy change aimed at boosting returns of kings to western Alaska rivers.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s approval of the action on April 11, at its spring meeting in Anchorage, would reduce the prohibited species catch limit of kings to 45,000 fish and the Continue reading

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Northern Pike Make Their Way to Lake Roosevelt

What some people see as a nuisance, others see as opportunity. Now, I’m not saying that northern pike belong in Lake Roosevelt, let alone the entire Columbia River system, but if they are there they can be caught. Here’s an opportunity for our E-WA based brethren to throw for these toothy creatures in shallow water. Spring is the time. Might be fun to give it a try. If you get out there let us know how you do and send some pics.

From THE COLUMBIA BASIN BULLETIN: Fisheries managers in eastern Washington have been collecting growing evidence that invasive northern pike have established a Continue reading

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Five Minutes of Bliss

This came across my bow this morning and it pretty accurately sums up a day on a coastal steelhead stream, which is about the best way of spending a day that I can imagine. And I’ll have to imagine this year as the days in the winter steelhead season are dwindling as fast as those chrome beasts are taking on their spawning colors. But, no fear, winter fish arrive as early as November on some coastal rivers and I’m already planning my attacks for fall. Vid courtesy of Redington. Next installment of their video series appears next Tuesday. Enjoy.

Find Your Water: Season 1, Episode 1: Our Backyard from Redingtongear on Vimeo.

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