Photos: A Vision Worth Saving in Bristol Bay

Written by: Pat Clayton


The world’s largest runs of wild salmon, including sockeyes, spawn in the rivers of Bristol Bay.
All photos by Pat Clayton

Editor’s note: Last April, we posted about photographer Pat Clayton‘s goal to spend the summer in Alaska to photograph the region threatened by the proposed Pebble Mine. Here are some of his images and thoughts on the. . .

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Fish Story: Chasing Marbles in Slovenia

Written by: Dave Danley, Falcons Ledge


This beautiful, 20-inch marble trout sports red spots, as they do in certain watersheds.
Photo courtesy Dave Danley

In September 2010, my wife and I had the rare opportunity to travel to Slovenia. This was the culmination of many years of dreaming and researching about this country and its endemic. . .

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Photos of the Day: The Accidental Bull Trout

Written by: Evan Williams


A first bull trout for Evan Williams was a surprise catch on a dry fly.
Photo by Evan Williams

I went to the South Fork of the Boise with Ryan William as soon as we heard that it was open. We wanted to put eyes on the water and see how the river had changed, and in some cases it was like learning a new river. Ryan had just recently acquired a Helios and. . .

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Fish Story: The Third-Try Brown Trout

Written by: Dan from Albuquerque


Persistence paid off for Dan, as he was able to tempt this beauty three separate times during a single day.
Photo by Dan from Albuquerque

Northern New Mexico went into a winter storm warning last weekend, but it didn’t officially start until noon on Saturday so I figured I could get some fishing in before the weather hit. I decided to fish the Rio Chama to see if I could find some post-spawn browns lurking around the. . .

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Photo of the Day: A Rogue Brown Trout in Michigan


Michigan’s Rogue River, a tributary of the Grand, is well known for its fall brown-trout fishing.
Photo courtesy Scott Ribitch

Blog reader Scott Ribitch sent in this photo along with a description: “This beautiful brown trout was holed up in a deep pool and took my egg fly on the Rogue River in Rockford, Michigan.”

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Photos of the Day: Searching for a Trophy Cutthroat on Flat Creek

Written by: Andy Bennett


After months of trying, the author finally landed the Flat Creek cutthroat he’d been after.
Photo by Andy Bennett

There are those that say cutthroats are easy to fool and poor fighters, but I’m guessing those people have not fished Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge outside of Jackson, Wyoming. This (spring-like) creek holds. . .

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Photo of the Day: An Old “Junk” Split-Cane Rod Comes Good

Written by: Norm Willis


Norm Willis with a gorgeous 23-incher that was the first fish he ever caught on his “junk shop” split-cane rod.
Photo courtesy Norm Willis

On June 21st, 2013 while fishing the San Juan River in New Mexico, I decided to use my 71+-year-old Orvis “Manchester” non-impregnated split-cane rod (serial #0516). I found this three-tip beauty in a. . .

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Photos of the Day: Dream Stream Brown Trout

Written by: Rick Bayley


This brown trout probably followed the kokanees on their spawning run.
Photo courtesy Rick Bayley

Thought I’d send you pictures of a couple of trout I caught on the Dream Stream [the South Platte between Spinney and Elevenmile Reservoirs in Colorado] on October 7. Earlier, in the Summer, I was guided by. . .

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Photo of the Day: A Late Season Brown Trout to Remember

Written by: Brian Burkholder


Doug Robidoux shows off his late-season White River brown trout, which fell for a Soft Hackle.
Photo by Brian Burkholder

[Editor’s note: We love it when readers send in their photos and the stories behind them. We dig it just a little more when the fish is from our own backyard.]

I’ve been prodding my buddy, Doug Robidoux, to submit this photo of the brown trout he caught recently, and he’s finally. . .

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