Pure Strain California Goldens

This short video on a goal-oriented fishing trip is the kind of thing I like. Worth it? You be the judge, but I always like to go somewhere for a reason, and golden trout definitely give reason to the adventurous angler. Hey, watching this might be a signal to join the health club or modify the diet, or both, so you, too, can access the western high country when the snow melts in July. Just don’t do it today. East until you think you’ll die. You owe it to that turkey. Pass the gravy, please.

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Driftboat Trailering Safety 101

My good friend Robert Eddins owns Ro Drift Boats and knows a thing or two about getting there and back with a boat intact. Not long ago I asked him for some hints on pulling a boat safely and responded with the Continue reading

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You Write the Caption 1

Starting a fun little game here and the idea came to me while perusing my image bank the other day. Just started seeing all these old images that made me laugh, many of them bringing back classic memories. I could easily write the accurate captions but I thought it would be fun for the AT army to have a crack at it. In advance, I appreciate Continue reading

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A Conversation with Kelly Galloup of Slide Inn, Montana

Interviewed and then penned this piece a while back for Fly Rod & Reel, and I figured it’s worth repeating here as there is good information, plus a couple laughs to get out of this. As you know, I used to live in Ennis, Montana and spent some time (meaning a lot of time) around the Slide and Raynolds Bridge, throwing down on those fast-water browns and rainbows. When the light faded Continue reading

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Tongass transition out of old-growth logging stalled

As all of you probably know by now, southeast Alaska and the Tongass National Forest are part of my soul. I love the area and hope that all of its best attributes can be protected. Unfortunately, here’s some new words on how our United States Forest Service is hacking the Tongass to death. Read on in a report from Continue reading

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Five Killer Winter Fly Fishing Streams

You have decided during this most recent cold spell that fishing is pretty much over in the northern Rockies until, say, March or April. But that’s not true at all. There are plenty of winter opportunities sprinkled around the Rockies and I’ll share five of my favorites here, Montana’s Bighorn and Madison rivers, and Rock Creek. The other  favorites are Idaho’s Big Lost and South Fork Boise rivers. Today, the temperature is in the thirties and I’m Continue reading

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Snapshot: Who ‘Dat? Write the caption

This is one of my favorite images, not just because it’s slightly incriminating, but mostly because it reminds me of a hard-core winter day when I floated Washington’s Cowlitz River with two great friends, Andrew Bennett, left, and Dave McCoy, right, who runs Emerald Water Anglers in West Seattle.

We didn’t catch a steelhead that day, and I completely blew cast after Spey cast, but I started to learn the whole two-handed deal. I threatened to switch to a single-hand rod and fish beads, but McCoy, who swears by the swing, said he’d Continue reading

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What’s Your Take, On Taking A Giant Brown Trout.

I had to laugh last night when this comment came to the site, regarding a post that I penned about a fish that a friend caught and killed this past summer.  I’ll post the comment first, then my response. I’d love to know what all of you think about this. Have fun with it. GT

COMMENT: REALLY? You condone FishPorn like it was the next best thing (what, after sex?)! These EGOCentric Porn Pics indicate a complete lack of, Adults in the Industry (of fishing), educating any/all persons (who fish) that these are the ONES to RETURN to whence they came . . . the Breeder Brood, for the sport to continue & grow! For Her the “reward” will be (hopefully) just a fleeting moment, if not, Continue reading

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Smack That Hatchery Dog

I was checking out my Friday edition of Columbia Basin Bulletin and figured all of you would be interested in this. I’m not a proponent of hatchery fish so you know where I stand on this—smack all of them.

From CBB: It may soon be unacceptable for steelhead anglers in Washington state to return a steelhead they catch on selected rivers if the fish in hand originated from a hatchery. A regulation to require steelhead anglers to keep all the hatchery steelhead they catch on the Klickitat, Walla Walla, Snake and Grand Ronde rivers will be debated by Continue reading

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New Seattle Fly Shop

If you haven’t heard already, Dave McCoy, owner of Emerald Water Anglers guide service in Seattle, just opened a new fly shop that goes by the same name, and he hopes to give Seattle anglers a new great option to shop all things fly fishing.

Based in West Seattle, McCoy’s location offers quick access to Continue reading

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