Steelhead Essay Contest

Hey scribes, here’s a great way to see where you stand with your literary skills, but you better hone that pencil tip soon. That’s because Trout Unlimited just launched a writing contest about wild steelhead with entries due November 11. Winning prize is the ability to brag about your accomplishment, plus $1,000 cash. Bonus: your essay will be published in Trout Magazine. My suggestions: don’t write in detail about a great fight from a particular fish, or the day you landed five and life was great, and don’t even think about describing a pretty sunset on a day when you didn’t catch a fish. Think broader terms, why wild steelhead are important to Northwest culture; why protecting wild steelhead, in turn, protects their habitat; why an opportunity to fish wild steelhead is worth preserving for yourself, but also for your kids; also the opportunity steelhead provide to bond with brethren in a common goal, in the outdoors. Those are the points that make wild steelhead pertinent and any of those could be used to craft a great essay around. Have fun. E-mail me or make a comment if you need any pointers or suggestions. GT

SEATTLE–Trout Unlimited today launched an essay contest open to the angling public that will net Continue reading

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Bair’s Lodge for Big Winter Bonefish

This January, Bair’s Lodge is teaming with The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust for 4 days of catching, tagging, and releasing a goal of 1,000 bonefish in the name of good fun and critical saltwater science. Target big winter bones Continue reading

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Natives in Yellowstone

I penned this piece for the Upfront Notes section of Fly Rod & Reel and thought I would share it with you here, hoping to open this up for tactful discussion. Give it a read and let me know where you stand on the debate. GT

Upfront Notes—I like catching large fish as much as the next guy, maybe more, the bigger the better. I have not entered that zen realm where any trout is as good as the next as long as it’s taken from a beautiful stream, on a dry fly if Continue reading

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A Proverb from Fly Fishers of The Bitterroot

I was trying to make the Fly  Fishers of The Bitterroot monthly gathering last night but couldn’t do it. In the end, I was launching bombs on the hoop court with one of my daughters and her teammates. But I saw something on the Bitterroot invite that made a lot of sense to me and I thought I would share it here for Continue reading

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Getting My Manitoba Moose

In late September I got back from one of the most epic adventures of my life, a moose hunt in northern Manitoba. I’ve wanted to hunt moose for most of my life and just couldn’t draw a tag in Montana and I can’t really afford the $13,000 price tag that a  trip to Alaska or the Yukon would require. So when the offer came in to hunt out of Ken Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge I threw all-in. Continue reading

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Alberta, Canada Bans Commercial Fishing

I think this piece is particularly interesting since we have commercial fishing going on at Flathead Lake in Montana, and it serves the same market as Alberta did. This is probably good news for the folks at Mountain Lake Fisheries in Whitefish as the demand for their product likely goes up. It’s kind of sad to see some of the commercial fisheries going away, mostly because it indicates poor management of fish species and the loss of traditional methods of existence. I’m not much of a caviar guy so this doesn’t influence Continue reading

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This Sucks! Tongass Old Growth Being Slashed

I was perusing Trout Unlimited’s Web site today and saw this mention from Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska, which is one of my favorite places, if not my favorite place, on earth. Unfortunately, logging operations have as much love for the place as I do. But their interest lies in tearing the living crap out of the place. That’s why it’s so disheartening to learn that the U.S. Forest Service is selling off a large tract of old-growth forest along a healthy salmon stream.  Here’s a teaser from the TU story.

This week’s news that the U.S. Forest Service has issued a contract for a large old-growth timber sale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is disappointing to a wide range of Americans, including sport and commercial fishermen, hunters, tourism operators and visitors to this remote, salmon-rich region. It’s a giant step backwards from the direction the federal agency should be heading in managing the nation’s largest and wildest national forest. READ MORE

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Idaho’s B-Run Steelhead to Arrive in Good Numbers

If you haven’t already been slinging for Idaho steelhead, you may want to do so soon. October is prime time on the Snake and Clearwater rivers and it can be pretty good on the Salmon, too. According to managers, the B-run of steelhead headed for and arriving in the Clearwater River is above average and should provide good options this year. Unfortunately, those fish will have to swim around tribal nets in Washington and Oregon to get there. Here are the details, straight from the Columbia Basin Bulletin. Regardless of the netting, again, October Continue reading

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The Egg and Tail

I’ve written about fall and spring fishing and my favorite setup during those times, but it’s worth reiterating especially after the communication I’ve had with a friend over the past few days. The setup I’m talking about is the GIE (Greg’s Incredible Egg) trailed by a size-18 standard Pheasant Tail nymph). Fish this on any trout stream in the country during fall and  you are likely to meet with success. To catch trout, fish it under an indicator and pinch the proper amount of split shot to the leader to quickly get that offering to the bottom. The conversation with my friend, Nate Schweber, a writer for the New York Times and author of the book Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park  (pictured above with his Madison fish) went like this:

Friend: Greetings from your old home of Ennis, where flows the Madison, the river that has given me more days of zero fish than Continue reading

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Deschutes Steelhead Turns On

Got some reports of late from Oregon’s legendary Deschutes, and although fishing can be hit or miss any day of the season, right now there are plenty of hits being had.

One friend said he fished the mouth recently and in one evening he and a buddy had 19 fish come to the fly. My friend had 11 to his; they either swirled on it or missed or eat. He hooked up on eight of those and landed three. After the experience he said, “I will probably not catch a steelhead again.”

So, this is all to say that if you’ve been thinking about steelhead and the in particular the Deschutes, it might be time to scurry that way. Why wouldn’t you?

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