This brook trout is where it doesn't belong. In this case, in Oregon's Cascades (photo: Austin Montreil Leonard).

Catch and kill

From the river to the frying pan, all for the good of conservation

The tweet was borderline militant. Rude. Snide. Smug. And so misinformed that I almost replied with an equally aggressive insult.

Sadly, this is what the well-intentioned catch-and-release movement has come to:

“It’s called catch-and-release. Catch-and-RELEASE. Check into it.”

I held my temper. I suppose, with a Twitter handle like @eatmorebrookies, I kind of brought it on myself. I simply replied, “Where I live, non-native brook trout are invasive and taking over native cutthroat habitat.” A little information can be a good thing, right?

The Yellowstone River as seen from the Hellroaring Creek trail
The Yellowstone River as seen from the Hellroaring Creek trail (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Leaving the road behind in Yellowstone

A series of incredibly good decisions

Although we expected the hike in from the Hellroaring Creek trailhead to eat up around five to six hours, it wasn’t more than a half hour into the hike when, imagining that a vista worth taking in lay at its edge, we broke from the trail to wander up through a stand of scrub pine to the lip of a small ridge. Upon doing so, we caught our first glimpse of the Yellowstone River, coursing through the canyon below.

Tenkara casting
Photo: Tenkara USA

Tenkara casting in the wind

Tips for keeping your tenkara rod on the water, even on windy days

Tenkara has proven itself to be a simple, yet incredibly versatile form of fly-fishing, which has helped properl the rise in all forms of tenkara equipment since the sport’s stormy uptick that began roughly in 2009, when the name was still exotic and unfamiliar to most. The simplicity, beauty and effortlessness of tenkara has since gained many followers, from previously avid fly-fishermen to beginners and debutants alike. However, one natural challenge to tenkara anglers has limited its use: wind.

rio skagit trout max
Mike McCune casting the new RIO Skagit Trout Max on the Missouri River.

RIO intros new Skagit Trout Max

Another new product for two-handed trout anglers

RIO announced its new Skagit Trout Max earlier this year along with a bevy of other new products, noting it as a line developed for two-handed trout anglers, but providing only a few other details.

2013 Alder Fire Yellowstone
Photo: Mike Lewelling, National Park Service

When the music's over

Turn out the lights

Those of us who’ve been fly fishing for a while have a tendency to drift gently toward nostalgia. If we go back far enough, our memories reveal uncrowded rivers and eager trout, while our sport, which now sprawls across an entire “fly fishing industry,” seems less an industry and more a collection of memorable characters. At the same time, the writing, or at least the best of the writing, displays a patina of intimacy and respect you’d be hard pressed to find today.