When I returned to grad school in New Jersey after my first summer as a fishing guide in Alaska in the early 90s, I proudly sported a “Spawn Till You Die” tee shirt—a creation of cult artist Ray Troll—which caused consternation among my suburbanized peers. It was a sad day more than a decade later when I was forced to admit that the threadbare shirt had become unwearable. A collection of Troll’s cool, witty artwork has just been released by Sasquatch books. Something Fishy This Way Comes: The Artwork of Ray Troll includes more than a hundred pages. . .
Fly Tyer is the world’s best magazine about lashing fur and feathers to hooks, and I don’t say that just because I used to be its editorial director. My friend Dave Klausmeyer combines great how-to articles with stunning photography to create a magazine that’s not just instructive, but . . .
As most people know, Orvis donates 5% of pre-tax profits annually to conservation efforts around the world. The 2010 conservation efforts included a matching grant to American Rivers to help remove three dams on Pennsylvania’s Yellow Breeches, . . .
Fall fishing on the Upper Madison in Yellowstone National Park. photo by Toby Swank
The fishing season in Yellowstone National Park is winding down and will officially close this Sunday, November 8. This date is probably more relevant now than ever, as the popularity of fishing for fall-run trout heading up to the Madison River headwaters. . .
The author with a nice Spanish brown trout, which fell for a dry fly at dusk. photo by Sandy Hays
I just posted a long story over on the Adventure blog about my eye-opening trip to the Spanish Pyrenees last summer.
The diesel Volkswagen van chugged upward through the switchbacks as we climbed into the low-hanging clouds. Soon we couldn’t even see the rain-soaked green valley below, and our world became focused on the steep, rutted farm path in front of us. Occasionally, a group of cows blocked our progress, their bells clanging loudly in the stillness, and Ivan would creep forward to avoid pushing one off the edge. The end of the road was a saddle between two peaks, and when we hopped out, the air was damp and cold. As we donned fleece and raingear, Sandy and I exchanged skeptical looks: . . .
To read the rest of this story and see many more photos, hop over to the Adventure blog.
In the much anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed film about the Pebble Mine, “Red Gold,” filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight explore the remote, untrammeled wilderness of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. The Felt Soul boys really know how to keep their audience wanting more: Although trailer for this film came online a year and a half ago, the DVD has just been released to the public.
Oprah and Gayle pose with guides Brian and Jenny Grossenbacher. photo courtesy Grossenbacherphoto.com
Today is the big day, when the world gets to see Oprah Winfrey fly fishing. News leaked online a few weeks ago that the talk-show host and her best pal Gayle had fished with Bozeman-based guides (and my pals) Brian and Jenny Grossenbacher on Yosemite’s Merced River. Field & Stream’s Kirk Deeter got the scoop interview with Brian, in which we learn that Oprah was actually a quick study when it came to learning how to fly cast. Check your local listings.
Anglers sneak up on a small mountain stream to avoid spooking the trout. That orange bag should be left far behind on the bank, though. photo by Sandy Hays
Watch a heron stalk its prey in the shallows of a pond or a river, and you can clearly see why stealth is so important to anglers of all kinds. Yet many fly fishermen still act as if the fish were deaf, blind, and stupid, which keeps anglers from having the kind of success they desperately want. A good fly fisher is always aware of his surroundings and how his place in them may be tipping off the fish that something’s amiss. Here are five ways you can be more like that heron:…