Going Mobile


Our friend Bob Streb—former owner of Fly Fishing Outfitters in Avon, Colorado—pointed us to this new concept in fly-fishing travel dreamed up by a team of Vail Valley guides. The Fish Bus is a 32-foot motorhome that will take you—along with your friends, the guides, and a chef—to blue-ribbon waters throughout the southern Rockies, from the San Juan to Grey Reef. You can fish to your heart’s content and not have to worry about driving at the end of the day, plus you get to. . .

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High Gun vs. Low Gun: An Argument for the Ages

Shooting a shotgun is a dynamic feat of visual concentration and movement— movement being essential to match the pace of the gun barrels to the pace of the target. This can be a very awkward to do when the gun is pre-mounted in the cheek and shoulder. I am a firm believer and advocate of starting with the shotgun in the low gun position.

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Preserving Ugashik Narrows Update

The purpose of The Conservation Fund’s Ugashik Narrows Project is to permanently protect scenic, the fish-rich Ugashik Lake and Narrows within the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge by acquiring a 31-acre strategic private tract at Ugashik Narrows. Ugashik Narrows connects two large lakes—Upper and Lower Ugashik.

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Montana Snowpack Update

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The snowpack in the mountains above the Big Hole is looking good for next summer.

 photo by Craig Fellin

At Big Hole Lodge we are eagerly awaiting the 2011 fishing season. Winter 2010 was very dry and mild in Montana, which normally means summer drought for our snow-fed rivers and streams. However, we had a wet spring, summer didn’t arrive until mid July, and it was abnormally cool when it did. We had one of the best water years on record, and though the hatches and fish. . .

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Angler of the Year!

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Each year, Fly Rod & Reel magazine chooses an Angler of the Year, and the list of recent winners—including John Betts, Bruce Richards, Ted Leeson, Yvon Chouinard, and Tom McGuane—is evidence of the experience and level of expertise required to earn this honor. This year’s Angler of the Year is Orvis’ own Tom Rosenbauer, who is recognized for his contributions to fly-fishing literature and education. Through his 10 books, countless magazine articles, and the ever popular. . .

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In the Loop 01.11.11

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Former Fly Rod & Reel editor Joe Healy displays a nice fly-caught striper. Unfortunately, a recent survey points to a marked decline in the size and number of stripers.

Photo by Tom Rosenbauer


The Conservation organization Stripers Forever. has released the 2010 results of its annual fishing survey, and things don’t look so good. A record 73% of anglers indicated that the quality of fishing for stripers was worse or much worse than the previous year. In 2003, this number was just. . .

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Overcoming Obstacles

Josh Williams, of Franklin County, Virginia, isn’t your average fly fisherman and fly tier. After surviving a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2004-5, he returned home, only to suffer grave injuries when a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into Josh’s motorcycle. He lost his right arm and ended up at Walter Reed Medical Center, with other wounded vets, wondering what his future held. he was 22 years old.

Enter Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization devoted to helping veterans heal physically and emotionally through fly fishing. According to the organization’s founder, Ed Nicholson: . .

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2011 Resolutions: Fly-Fishing Guide Edition

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Simon Perkins helps out a new angler.

Fly-fishing guides come in all shapes, sizes, colors, personalities, and temperaments. Some of us are commanding and aggressive, others more passive. Some of us are articulate, some of us mumble. Some of us are patient, some of us get tense with enthusiasm and anticipation (or in other words, are “impatient”). But we are human, and what do humans do this time of year? We make New Years resolutions.

I reached out to a handful of freshwater guides around the country and asked them what they would change in the upcoming year. So without further ado, I present to you the following collaborative list: “2011 Resolutions—Fly Fishing Guide Edition”. . .

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