Author Archives: Greg Thomas

Bull Trout on The Dry Fly

I’ve often wondered why more people don’t fish bull trout with dry flies. I’m not talking about dainty PMDs and micro caddis. Instead, I’m visualizing terrestrials—ants, beetles and hoppers. And a recent article from Idaho Department of Fish and Game … Continue reading

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Southeast Alaska Steelhead . . . Thanks Alaska Style

Back in April I flew from Missoula to Petersburg, Alaska—my old stomping grounds and the place I was born—and climbed aboard the mothership, the Hawkeye II. The idea was to cruise a portion of the Inside Passage with Thanks Alaska, … Continue reading

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Simms and 10 Barrel Brewing Collaborate to Save the Gallatin River

The Gallatin River is under extreme pressure due to population growth in and around Bozeman, Mont., but a collaboration between Simms Fishing Products and 10 Barrel Brewing should help shed light on just what this river needs to survive. And, … Continue reading

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Two Great Fly Boxes, Orvis and Tacky, for 2021

Let’s just say someone failed you. Went through the stocking. Opened all those presents. And not a fly box to be found. Say what? Just where in the hell do you want me to store all those patterns I’m tying … Continue reading

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Final American Angler Cover: Which Would You Have Chosen?

The publishing world is weird. It’s interesting, for sure, but a bit more challenging than any of us would like. Over the years, I have worked for four titles that have perished and I’ve watched many other great mainstream titles die … Continue reading

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New Washington State Coastal Steelhead Rules Restrict Anglers To The Banks

If you want to see a great example of poor fish and wildlife management, you don’t have to look further than Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife. The mess started back in 1974 with the historic Boldt Decision, which … Continue reading

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Trout Don’t Stop Eating When The Snow Flies

That time of year in the northern Rockies. We’re going from drizzling rain and low clouds to snow tomorrow. The Rocky Mountain Front is getting dumped on today and probably tomorrow, too. I don’t anticipate this snow melting away completely, … Continue reading

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Army Corps Denies Permit for Pebble Mine. Alaska’s Bristol Bay May Be Saved

It’s not over, but the edge in Alaska’s Pebble Mine controversy has definitely swung toward the side of common sense. Today, the Trump administration shifted its stance on Pebble Mine and delayed a key permit that’s essential to the mine’s … Continue reading

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Patagonia’s “It’s All Homewater” Volume 3: Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness

I haven’t fished the Boundary Waters. Had a chance to last year and opted out. I’ll regret that for a long time, for sure. Like, the rest of my life. Being a fan of adventure, often solo, and the need … Continue reading

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You Have To Do This! Last Chance to Save Bristol Bay from Pebble Mine.

I’d rather fish than defend fisheries, although the two go hand-in-hand and you can’t have one without the other. That becomes more evident each day. One of the greatest issues in fishing is the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska. This … Continue reading

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