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Trout Fishing

  • August 19, 2013

    Carp Lure One of World's Best Fly Fishermen to US


    By Kirk Deeter

    To say that Stu Tripney is a world-class angler is an understatement. He is one of best guides when it comes to spotting, stalking, and catching New Zealand's famous large trout. He is also New Zealand's first certified International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor. He blogs, he writes, he teaches.

    Tripney is a world-traveler who has fished in places and caught species I've never even heard of. And of all the places in the world where he could go when he wants a challenge, he comes to the U.S. to fly fish for carp. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 15, 2013

    The Rarest Trout in the World: Video #1


    By Tim Romano

    I shot this video last Wednesday at a spot called Bear Creek, just west of Colorado Springs. The fish you see here is one of just 750 greenback cutthroat trout left in the wild. The entire population resides in what is a very very small piece of water. Just a few miles long and so shallow and narrow I could jump across and almost not get my knees wet for the entire length. Needless to say, a lot of work needs to be done to protect the habitat and fish going forward. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 14, 2013

    Fishing in the Salmon Forest, Part 5: The Lust for Timber vs. the Need for Forest


    By Hal Herring

    Editor’s note: Conservationist blogger Hal Herring spent five days exploring and fishing Alaska’s Tongass National Forest earlier this month. This is the last of five reports.

    A Ward Air floatplane lands in the Tongass National Forest. Photo by Earl Harper, Earl Harper Studios.

    President Theodore Roosevelt created what would become the Tongass National Forest in 1902, when he used the executive power of the 1891 Forest Reserve Act to establish the Alexander Archipelago Reserve in 1902. It would become the Tongass National Forest in 1907, when the “reserves” were renamed. The Tongass was part of the grand overarching plan for our National Forests, a system of productive public lands that would forever protect the one thing no nation could survive without: water. But as with so many well-meaning government efforts, the ever-variable human factor wormed its way into the Tongass, as I believe it has into every land-conservation effort in history, in every part of the world. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 14, 2013

    Fly Fishing Tip: How to Land Salmon from a Cliff


    By Kirk Deeter

    Sometimes, you just have to make a "what the heck" cast.  I recently returned from a remarkable adventure to Iceland, where I was primarily fishing for large brown trout. I did take one day, however, to salmon fish on a beat at the mouth of the Laxà (Salmon River). There's an impressive waterfall there where fish stage as they run in from the ocean. Standing on the cliff next to the falls, guide Asgeir Steingrimsson suggested that I dangle the fly in a slick behind a rock. So I did, which was like dapping the fly from three stories above. Sure enough, it got bit. Now what? [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 12, 2013

    Fishing in the Salmon Forest, Part 4: The Waters of the Power Fish


    By Hal Herring

    Editor’s note: Conservationist blogger Hal Herring spent five days exploring and fishing Alaska’s Tongass National Forest earlier this month. This is the fourth of five reports.

    Matt Smythe holds a nice humpy taken on the fly. Photo by Earl Harper, Earl Harper Studios.
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  • August 7, 2013

    Fishing App Review: Perfect Your Casting Rhythm with FlyCaster


    By Tim Romano

    I've seen and tried several fly fishing apps on my phone just because they exist and seem like a fun thing to do for a few minutes. Most of them revolve around catching fish, and honestly aren't very good. A new app called FlyCaster wants help you get your casting rhythm down instead of catching fish. After a few days of playing with it, I have to say it's pretty damn accurate — and fun.

    The app lets you hone casts on famous rivers like the Madison River, Klamath River, and Yellow Breeches Creek with three different rod setups: 3-weight, 5-weight, and 8-weight.
    You can fish up to three spots on each river. You can practice casting strokes with the metronome beat on the 10 o’ clock to 2 o’ clock marks with a chime that signifies when you nail a perfect stroke. The better the cast, the bigger the fish.

    More importantly, you can also check casting biomechanics while you fish. Or review your stroke synch rates for the month and year, change rods any time, and choose either right-hand or left-hand rod setups. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 7, 2013

    Fishing in the Salmon Forest, Part 1: The Lifeblood of the Tongass


    By Hal Herring

    Editor’s note: Conservationist blogger Hal Herring spent five days exploring and fishing Alaska’s Tongass National Forest earlier this month. This is the first of five reports.

    Glacier feeding the Taku River. Photo by Chris Hunt.

    In this misty, twilit country, the sharp lines we know in the more settled world blur and shift and disappear. The line between land and water goes first--at midmorning’s high tide, we thrash along in waders through neck high grass at the border of a placid saltwater estuary, mosquitoes whining, gnats in a dervish dance around our heads. By low tide at late afternoon, the saltwater has withdrawn, replaced as if by magic by an ether-clear torrent of freshwater born in the forested mountains that tower above, flowing over clean gravels as wildly colored as gemstones. The rain falls silently, sifting into the river, sky and water blended. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 6, 2013

    Tip: Spread Out Your Casts When Fishing Attractor Dry Flies

    By Kirk Deeter

    Greetings from Laxardalur (the Salmon River Valley) in Iceland. We are targeting giant, native brown trout (pictured) with dry flies. We're fishing large attractor patterns like Fat Alberts, Amy's Ants, and other beetle-like imitations. Thing is, there are few, if any, natural bugs like this here (midges make up most of the insect life here). The fish hit these flies purely as a reaction to something that looks too good to let pass by. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 5, 2013

    Twin Brothers Start Program to Trade Games for Fishing Gear


    By Tim Romano

    Strolling the isles of the Outdoor Retailer trade show last week, I stopped to see the good folks at the Orvis booth and say hello. Almost immediately I was introduced to two young brothers around 15 or 16 years old named A.J. and Jace Garcia. They were in the booth talking to people, playing with gear and generally just having a good time. Turns out AJ and Jace are twin brothers that fish, hunt, and love being outdoors. They love it so much they started a program called Twin Territory at local sports shows and around their state home state of Utah to try to get kids off the couch and into the outdoors any way they can. [ Read Full Post ]

  • August 1, 2013

    Quick Look: Switch Sunglasses Magnetic Interchange Lens System


    By Kirk Deeter

    Tim Romano and I are cruising around the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City at the moment. This show is unreal—everything "outdoors" is under one roof, from hiking boots to stand-up paddle boards to backpacks to fishing gear.  We, of course, are locked on fly-fishing products, and there is definitely more fly-fishing flavor at this year's event than there has been before. I'm trying to uncover some products that may be a bit out of the mainstream fly shop but no less worthy for the typical angler/consumer. My first contender comes in the form of an eyeglass company called Switch. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 30, 2013

    Kiwi Angler’s 42 lb. Brown Trout is Official IGFA World Record


    By Ben Romans

    New Zealand angler Otwin Kandolf’s name has officially been entered into the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) record book for taking the biggest brown trout ever on a rod-and-reel—a 42-pound, 1 ounce behemoth he originally thought was a water rat.   [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 26, 2013

    Hero for a Day 2013: Protecting Trout Habitat in Idaho's Wood River Valley


    By The Editors

    Volunteers in Hailey, Idaho, helped ready a popular access point on the Big Wood River by mulching trails, removing noxious weeds, and stabilizing the banks with native grasses. Local middle school children also helped Trout Unlimited to assess the water quality and health of the fishery at nearby Loving Creek.

    Learn more about volunteer conservation projects near you at [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 26, 2013

    Beat The Heat by Fishing After Dark


    By T. Edward Nickens

    Creatures of all sorts come out at dark—including fish-crazed anglers hoping for a break in the heat and chances at monster trout, bass, cats, and more.

    Since neither of us could drive, my buddy Vernon Hedgecock and I would walk to Oak Hollow Lake, jump the gate, and fish from a dock’s dark end where the security lights didn’t reach. Many a night I lay there half asleep with one eye cracked open for a patrol car and the fishing line between my toes so I would wake up with the bite. I cut my fishing teeth in the darkest hours of the night, and I still love to pound a lake or creek when it’s just me, the bats, and a few bellowing bullfrogs. I love wading in the dark. I love the scary feel of the canoe bumping some unseen log. DEET in my nostrils brings back delicious memories. Some from years gone by. Some from just last week.

    August is the time to roll out when the sun goes down. It’s the time to find a whitefly hatch on a bronzeback river and work popping bugs in the black dark. It’s the time to lob big, nasty streamers into big, nasty logjams where big, nasty brown trout prowl. It’s the time to work a Jitterbug over every square inch of a 2-acre farm pond—its gluk-gluk-glukking the soundtrack of a summer childhood. Few things can beat sunrise on the water. One of them is moonlight. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 26, 2013

    Use a Float Tube to Sneak Up on Fish


    By Kirk Deeter

    A float tube or a kick boat offers great stealth advantages when you’re fishing lakes for pike, bass, panfish, or trout. No motor vibration. No clunking around. And because you’re sitting closer to the surface, your lower profile allows you to sneak in tight without casting shadows over the fish.

    These advantages are negated, however, by too much splashing and kicking, or when your casts miss the zone because of a sloppy presentation. The trick is to plan a route of attack, move into position, and then let natural elements like currents, wind, and the sun work for you. Just like this. [ Read Full Post ]