Two-way radios are a great way to stay in touch when fishing. I've been using them more and more recently—part of that is safety-related. I typically like to work my own stretch of river, but I like to have buddies around. If somebody takes a fall, the others can help. And then there are simple advantages like, "I left my spool of 5X in the truck, mind if I walk down and borrow some of yours?" or "Hey, the blue-winged olives are starting to hatch up here, keep your eyes peeled."
One of my favorite quotes came from English literary critic Cyril Connolly, who said: "Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once."
That thought has shaped a lot of my own writing (and reading) efforts. So it gives me great pleasure to know that one "See This, Do That" post on Fly Talk can sink in with such profound effect that it (literally) can make you a better angler within the few minutes it takes you to read it online. In all seriousness, however, I've fallen into a recent pattern of re-reading some of my favorite fly-fishing books. That's not to say that there aren't plenty of new works out there worth checking out. But I'm finding that some of the books that got me going in the first place are even more profound and interesting the second (or third... or fourth) time around, especially now that I have many more river miles under my belt.
While some of us have the luxury of being able to fish like we always do during this time of the year, most of our fisheries are shut down, frozen over, or simply too slow to make a day worth while.
My friends over at Fly Fishing Film Tour will kick off their season right here in Denver this Saturday. I do believe both shows tomorrow are sold out, but the show will head out on the road and run through May to a multitude of cities all over the country; big and small—almost 100 cities in all. So do yourself a favor, check the schedule, buy some tickets, and head on out for an evening of fish porn and tall tales on the big screen.
I wanted to throw it out there for the Fly Talk nation, because fishing, to me, is as much about the people with whom you share the experience as it is about the fish themselves. It strikes me that so many people respond to this question by saying that they'd like to fish one more time with a family member or friend who has passed away. I feel the same way.
The fine gentlemen over at Gink and Gasoline brought up an interesting topic the other day in regards to using lights when fly fishing for trout at night. While many saltwater anglers have known about the benefits of lights for years—utilizing docks, jetties, highway overpasses, etc. to create fishing hotspots—trout anglers to my knowledge don't seem to use this tactic very often.
For those of you who live in the greater Denver area, if you're looking for something to do this weekend that's fishy, but not cold, consider swinging by the International Sportsmen's Exposition at the Colorado Convention Center. As has been the case for the past few years, I will be hosting the Fly Fishing Theater. Only this time, I am just back (late last night) from a wild adventure to Argentina, and I will have stories to share at the show before you start reading them here.