Steelhead Season is Coming [VIDEO]

The air has a crisp bite to it, and I’ve had to scrape frost off my car windows more than once in the past few weeks. I live at an elevation of 4,500 feet above sea level; some of my favorite fishing holes already have snow that likely won’t melt until next June. This all […]

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Arctic Char in Iceland [Video]

Iceland is an underground fly fishing destination – like Patagonia, before Patagonia was cool. It’s not hipster, because that lifestyle and fly fishing just don’t mesh, but it is criminally underrated as a fishery. You can see that evidence in this video from Jorgen Hansson, who filmed a trip to Iceland for arctic char. Arctic char are […]

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Just Twitch It

I’m of the opinion that if you’ve fished one trout stream, you’ve fished them all. The hatches, species, and scenery change from one world-class water to the next, but the theory behind catching trout remains the same the world over. At least, that’s the theory, right? Fly fishing has been equated to numerous activities throughout the centuries […]

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Gold in the California High Country

David Whitehouse is a co-founder of The Sierra Standard. The Sierra Standard is made up of a handful of outdoor enthusiasts from California who are constantly fly fishing, backpacking, hiking, camping, and hunting. If it’s an excuse to be in the outdoors, they’re all about it. It’s a passion. The Sierra Standard is an outlet […]

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The Leap

I pored over maps, making sure I knew what rutted two-track road to look for at o-dark-thirty the next morning. The creek was supposedly at 10,000 above sea level, and I knew cell service would be nonexistent. I’m also one of those guys who refuses to buy a GPS. If you can’t find where you’re […]

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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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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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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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