Tying Tuesday: Blacked-out Pheasant Tail

Today’s Tying Tuesday comes to us from the fine folks at Fly Fish Food. The pattern is one we’re all familiar with – the Pheasant Tail nymph. But their take on it is a bit unique. It certainly looks like a good winter fly for my local fisheries. What do you think? The post Tying […]

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Video: Rare Trout Chronicles Episode 4

In episode 4 of Rare Trout Chronicles – the fantastic series from Chase and Aimee Bartee – we’re treated to a unique look at Death Valley. And just what does Death Valley have to do with rare trout? Well, I’ll let Chase and Aimee explain that part of the story. The post Video: Rare Trout […]

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Opinion: The Best Kind of Fishing

This is a fun column that comes to us from the Crossville Chronicle, located in Crossville, Tennessee. Don Hazel, the author, writes about all the different fishing he’s done, and what kind of fishing he enjoys the best. It’s a fun read, which you can find in full here. The post Opinion: The Best Kind […]

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Podcast: Destination Angler with Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly is a great friend of mine, and he’s an even better photographer. His video and still photography work is some of the best I’ve ever seen, and not just in fly fishing. Ryan’s a versatile photographer, and you’ve probably seen his work on Instagram, where he posts under the handle @Greenriverflyfisher. Ryan was […]

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Madison River Issue Resolved

The malfunction at Hebgen Dam that caused the Madison River to drop to alarmingly low levels – endangering an entire year-class of new trout – has been fixed, per Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP). When the dam malfunctioned, flows dropped to around 177 cubic feet per second, leaving much of the upper Madison River […]

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Dam Failure Causes Fish Kill on Madison River

Sometime during the morning of Tuesday, November 30, 2021, a malfunction at the dam on Hebgen Lake near West Yellowstone, Montana caused the Madison River’s flows to drop to around 177 cubic feet per second (cfs). With water levels that low, fish were stranded outside of the Madison’s main channel. In addition, redds where brown […]

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Hybrid Coho, Chinook Salmon Found in Canada

Researchers found a surprise when running genetic tests on salmon collected near Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The salmon appeared, at first, to be chinook salmon. Testing showed they were a hybrid between coho and chinook, a surprise since the two salmon don’t share spawning habitat. The going theory at the moment is that low water […]

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Opinion: Infrastructure Matters for Wildlife

This is an interesting piece from Ashlee Abrantes, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington, in which she argues that wildlife need as much help with their infrastructure as humans need with ours. It’s an interesting premise, obviously spurred by the recent passage of the infrastructure bill in the U.S. Congress. Read Abrantes’s story […]

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Opinion: Fly Fishing During the Spawn

Over the past few years, I’ve talked extensively about how to responsibly fish during spawning season. This year, I decided to take things a step further and share my opinion that fishing during the spawn isn’t always the wrong choice. To understand why I feel that way, you can read this story here. The post […]

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Madison River Group Weighing New Rules

With the immense pressure on the Madison River these days, the Madison River Work Group has its work cut out for them to craft rules that balance all interests on one of the West’s most famous waters. The Work Group is set to debate new rules in early December. You can get an overview of […]

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