Anglers heading to fish the Madison River south of Ennis, Montana have a new way to check on water conditions before hitting the road. The U. S. Geological Service has installed a real-time water-data gauge at Varney Bridge, which will provide information on water flow and temperature. There had not been such a monitoring station on that stretch since 1970.
Fans of online magazines will spend plenty of time staring at their screens this week, as new issues of This is Fly and flymage came online. This is Fly features articles on B.C. steelheading, saltwater fly fishing in Mozambique, and the editors ask 26 fly-fishing professionals the important question, “What is cool?” flymage offers an up-close and personal look at the realistic patterns of my Spanish friend Jose Manuel Ruiz, better known as “Cholo,” whom I met in 2009 while fishing in La Rioja.
Last week, famed high-end reel maker and fly-fishing celebrity Stan Bogdan passed away in Nashua, New Hampshire, at the age of 92. As the New York Times obituary explained, “owning a Bogdan reel signals high seriousness about the sport and, not infrequently, a fair amount of disposable income.” On his Forbes Magazine blog, Monte Burke reprints his 2009 feature on the man and his reels.
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