Falling in love

It always starts out innocently enough. A night here, another evening there. Perhaps a Saturday afternoon when things start going well, then Sunday mornings when the relationship is serious. The next thing you know, it’s happening as often as possible and you’re in over your head. You’re full of a new feeling you can’t describe […]

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Is it worth it?

“Is it worth all the work?” Whenever I have a conversation about camping, that question inevitably comes up. Since camping and fishing go together like peanut butter and jelly, you could ask the same question about fishing. Anyone who pursues a hobby, especially an outdoor endeavor that requires hours of driving, has likely been asked […]

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Where It Began

Life invariably contains a multitude of first experiences. Your first kiss, your first car, your first job. And perhaps most importantly, your first fish. For most of us, that first fish came on a spinning rod dad or grandpa rigged up for us, setting us down to dunk worms so they could fly fish and […]

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A Cutthroat Spring

Spring has been great to me, even though the fishing has been a bit . . . yes, cutthroat. The double entendre in the title of this post was certainly on purpose. Just like I shared a post of all my great fish from Winter, I figured Spring deserved its own post. With temps rising and […]

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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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May Means Caddis!

About five years ago, in the middle of May, my wife and I were standing on the F Street Bridge in Salida, Co. That bridge just happens to span the Arkansas River at the end of Old Town. I had persuaded her to come with me to view the Caddis hatch in all it’s glory. […]

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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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Muddy Water & More

Last week, I found myself trying to follow my strike indicator in choppy water that was churned up by blowing rain and snow. How disappointing this was after what appeared to be the start of a fabulous fishing day. My friend, Joe, and I had arrived at the river about 8:00 a.m., trudged through crotch deep spring snow […]

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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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