5 Ways to Catch More Fish from Pocket Water

I love fly fishing pocket water. I know some guys who absolutely hate it. They’ll only fish long runs and riffles. That’s fine by me – it leaves more river from which I can pluck fish. Now, I’m by no means an expert at pocket water fishing, or even at fly fishing. I just spend […]

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Gear Review: The Orvis Battenkill Reel

All images courtesy Orvis I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Click-and-pawl reels are about as simple as it gets in the fly fishing world, and they’re my go-to reel. In fact, I honestly don’t remember the last time I used a disc-drag fly reel. With that in mind, one of my favorite reels I own […]

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Living A True Trout Life

I spend quite a bit of time fly fishing. Nearly all of my free time, actually. Over this previous weekend, I fished for 27 hours between Saturday and Sunday. My knees are still paying the price for the 10 miles of hiking and wading I did. Countless more hours are spent writing about the sport, […]

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How catch-and-release is hurting fisheries

This following is a wildly unpopular opinion, but it’s backed up by science and personal experience: Catch-and-release fly fishing is hurting fisheries across America. Now I’ll pause a moment for your rage/anger/bewilderment to simmer before continuing. I’m a proponent of catch-and-release fishing. I use barbless hooks. Mesh nets (although I’ve had to resort to my […]

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Enjoying the Journey [Video]

I’ve had a rough week that included a health scare and some big changes for my career and financial situation. It’s been trying, and some time on my favorite river – the Green below Flaming Gorge Dam – was called for. I hit the river with my good friend Jesse for a day of sporadic, […]

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High Country Cutthroat [Video]

It’s that time of year when the high country begins opening up. Those of us who eagerly await this part of the year are licking our chops, and some anglers are already venturing up to 8,000 feet to pursue cutthroat. This video from Fresh Water Militia on YouTube is a beautiful, peaceful bit of work […]

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The Dying Art of River Etiquette

Fly fishing isn’t an odd hobby anymore, undertaken by old eccentric men waving cane poles through the air. Gone is the feel of fly fishing being “An Old Gentleman’s Club” and arrived is an inclusive, come-one-come-all atmosphere that has, in my opinion, improved the sport. However, the influx in anglers has done damage to two areas of the […]

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Learn to Breathe [Video]

Life is a hectic, chaotic mess. At times it can feel as though it’s impossible to breathe, buried as we are under job, family, and volunteer responsibilities. For many of us, that’s what makes fly fishing so cathartic – it teaches us to slow down and breathe. For one angler, it did much more than […]

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