Hunting in such open country offers the pleasure of following the dogs and watching them work.
photo by Bill Reed
Having spent nearly thirty-five years chasing grouse and woodcock throughout the Northeast, with an occasional foray for southern quail or pheasants in Iowa and Kansas, I was excited to get the opportunity to hunt sharptails and huns in north-central Montana. And in one word–Wow!
My interest in fly fishing emerged the moment I stepped foot in the Orvis store in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Once every two weeks, I would go by and visit.I finally landed a position as a sales associate, and my thirst for knowledge about fly fishing grew even further.I thankfully acquired a couple of great “hand-me-down” rods from Jan and Mark, both of whom were previous fishing. . .
Anglers chasing steelhead on the Lake Erie tributaries are faced with constantly changing water conditions. Though fish are not typically pattern-selective, finding them and getting them to actually see a fly can be a challenge. With that in mind, here are 10 flies that I fish with confidence throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons: . . .
Thoughts about how to manage upland birds vary widely depending upon where your geographic location. One thing that is, unfortunately, the same everywhere is the decline in upland bird numbers, especially quail. For the past 50 years, the quail population has been slowly decreasing on a national level. Programs such as Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), . . .
Low water in Vermejo Park’s Costilla reservoir allowed guide William Leach to sight-cast to this giant brown trout—34 inches long, 17 pounds. Wow.
photo courtesy William Leach
Fishing at Vermejo Park Ranch for many years, I had always heard stories of the large fish that lived in the depths of Costilla Reservoir. I had never personally seen or caught any of these renowned fish, but with the conditions the way they were this season, with unusually low water due to minimal snow and little rain, it seemed that the opportunity to cast to a big fish in the reservoir would be slightly plausible.
All the Orvis Rod & Tackle folks were in New Orleans last month for the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show, which is one of the highlights of our year. Also in town—for its international convention, the 2011 “Big Easy Bash”—was the Red Hat Society, which touts itself as “the world’s most distinguished women’s organization.” Our two groups ran into each other. . .
Shawn Combs took this 20+-inch brown trout on an olive-and-white bunny streamer.
photo by Tim Daughton
With water in southern Vermont and eastern New York a mess after hurricane Irene ripped up the region last week, Tim Daughton and I decided to go out and survey the damage firsthand on one of my favorite super-secret streams. We packed up our gear and his two boys and headed out on Saturday morning.
Jonathan Hill with a Colorado golden trout, a fish that many thought had gone extinct.
photo courtesy Jonathan Hill
For the past eight years, I have been hiking in to some of the most remote high mountain lakes in Colorado. I am not saying that I’m a snob and I thumb my nose at the beautiful rivers we have here, but it is nice to get a little bit of exercise along with your fishing. It is also nice to get away from the crowds that frequent the Gold Medal fisheries that we are lucky enough to have across the state. This year, one trip in particular. . .