Deja vu: Idaho Fish Kill Mirrors Yellowstone River Woes

A big fish kill on Montana’s Yellowstone River shut down guides and common anglers this summer and it appears that the disease that crushed the Stone’s whitefish population is doing some damage in Idaho, too. Here’s IDF&G’s take on the situation.

Idaho Fish and Game recently received reports of sick and dead whitefish on the South Fork of the Snake River. Biologists surveyed the river to gauge the extent of the kill and which fish are involved. Biologists suspect it’s an outbreak of proliferative kidney disease, or PKD, which is the same pathogen responsible  READ MORE

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Western Montana Pike

I was able to sneak out for a few hours the other day, to ply Montana’s rivers for northern pike, which invaded these systems 20 years ago. To catch pike you have to row past a bunch of trout and in this case they were all rising to small mayflies. Not an easy thing to do. But it paid off in the form of a 13-pound northern coming to hand. The weather calls for sun this weekend, so grab a six or seven-weight rod and some big, white streamers and hit the backwaters if you have time. Clark Fork. Flathead. Bitterroot. Sealey/Clearwater. These rivers all offer good shots at the water wolf. —GT

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Backcountry Opposes Bikes in Wilderness

I like mountain biking almost as much as I enjoy hunting and fishing. And there are times when I really wish I had a mountain bike when I’m doing exactly that in designated wilderness, or when I’m other places where bikes are banned, such as the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park. But there’s something to be said about hiking a trail where you aren’t worried about what’s coming around the corner at Mach III. That’s why I’m not too surprised or upset that today Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, located in Missoula, Montana, has come out against a bill that would allow bikes into designated wilderness areas. If the bill were to win, a lot of wild game Continue reading

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Giant ‘bows, big bulls on Field & Stream’s Hook Shots

I started working with Joe Cermele and Hook Shots earlier this summer and you really should get over to FB Hook Shots to check it out. I have two videos placed on Hook Shots, one of some big rainbows being taken on tiny Tricos, and the other focussing on bull trout in Narnia. You’ll see. Both of Continue reading

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Fall Fly Rod & Reel Cover

Took a great trip to Alberta, Canada in early August and came away with a slew of great images, including this scenic that we selected as Fly Rod & Reel’s 2016 fall cover.

I don’t think you can look at this image and not say, “I’d like to fish there,” and based on my experience north of the border, you do want to fish there. A friend and myself caught scads of cutthroat, a couple bull trout, and some really stunning rainbows. Along the way, as you likely saw in a previous post, I was able to shoot some landscapes. Alberta is big and beautiful for sure. Continue reading

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Yeti’s New “Brick” Bottle Opener

For those of you who have it all, meaning total gearheads like me, you might want to pick up the new Yeti Brick bottle opener which, if you add wheels, can double as a personal defense tank if we ever get invaded. To get one, however, you have to wait until tomorrow, when they officially go on sale.

This thing is solid, overbuilt for sure, but that brings on the possibilities. Constructed of cast stainless steel, and weighing 3/4th Continue reading

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Redington’s Find Your Water: High Mountain Lake Heaven

Old days, with the Mooseman, Wind Rivers, Wyoming

If you watch this video and you’ve fished high-mountain lakes in past years, you’re going to say one thing at the end: I should do that but my window is running short. And by saying that, you’d be right.

High-mountain lake fishing—meaning the entire experience—is vastly overlooked. The fishing can be phenomenal, the exercise and hiking are great, camping out and cooking in the mountains is a fun challenge, and the scenery is unbeatable. Period.

It’s also an outing that’s restricted by spring, fall and winter weather, meaning your only windows are during summer and early fall. And even in early fall you can get shut out. That happened to me one year Continue reading

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Do Fish Feel Pain? Come on Man.

I love this debate, which is back in the forefront with an article from Outside magazine (see below): Do fish feel pain?

Come on. I ‘ve heard this nonsense, over the years, that fish don’t feel the sting of a hook. And I’ve always responded to that declaration with this: Then, why do they jump so high?

I am a big Nirvana fan, but Cobain had it wrong when he screeched, “It’s ok to eat fish because they don’t have any feelings.” Fish feel pain. That’s clear. You ever see how they react when you nick one with a gaff? They go batshit crazy. To me, the argument isn’t whether fish feel pain or not. The point is, it doesn’t matter if they feel pain or not because without anglers pursing them they wouldn’t even exist. There’d be no economic advantage allowing the politicians I vote for to stave off consumptive interests that would bulldoze and pave every inch of a riverbank for the development of subdivisions and personal Continue reading

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Fishing Trip Gone Alberta Landscape

I can’t ignore landscape. I’m even impressed when driving through the “holes” that other people can’t stand, including eastern Washington, eastern Montana, all of North Dakota, and southern Manitoba. All beautiful in my eyes, as long as you use your eyes to pick out the particulars of each place.

That’s what I was doing in Alberta this past Continue reading

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Review: Yeti Rambler Lowball Drink Cups

I’m not one to let a drink sit long, and rarely will a Tonic get warm when I’m on the watch, but these new Yeti Rambler Lowball cups are pretty sweat. I tried them out over the weekend on Montana’s Rock Creek (um, no, I didn’t see any spruce moths on the water, why would you even ask?), in sweltering heat and I can now report that they’ll keep rum, whiskey, vodka and gin as cold as can be for as long as it might take you to swill your drink. And you’ll have plenty of time to Continue reading

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