cooking trout
Photo: Ján Sokoly

Cooking trout

Sad sound, frowny face, blah, blah, blah. Trout are delicious.

I eat trout. I catch them on a fly, grab ‘em in my dry hands, hit ‘em over the head with a rock, and stick the things on a stringer until I leave the water.

Such behavior is heresy in today’s catch-and-release culture, especially coming from a fly fisherman. Just a few weeks ago, I left a lake with my full limit of trout slung over my shoulder, only to be greeted by sneers and a few choice words from fellow fly flingers. I shrugged it off, knowing they wouldn’t be eating as well that night as I would be.

bonneville cutthroat trout restoration bear lake
Up to 1,000 trout a week are sorted in this shed centered over Swan Creek, a Bear Lake tributary in Utah (photo: Kris MIllgate).

Making gains for Cutts

Bonneville cutthroat trout make a comeback

This is ridiculous. There’s no way 30-inch fish are in three feet of water. No way. I drop my underwater camera in the current and I am so wrong. There they are. Fat and as rambunctious as ever. Big, beautiful spawning Bonneville cutthroat trout. Bear Lake, Utah’s beefiest native fish in the smallest of streams.

salter brook trout
A "salter" from Red Brook (photo: Matthew Reilly).

The salters of Red Brook

In search of the sea-run brook trout of yesteryear on Cape Cod

With an eye on my backcast and my mind on a watercress seam, I threaded a careful loop through the reaching limbs of a Massachusetts pine barren, over a jungle of grass, and delivered a hairwing streamer to its intended slot. A gentle current pulled the fly subsurface, and dream became reality when a golden flash erupted from a tannic shadow to consume the end of my tippet and my rod tip shot skyward.

Sage X fly rod
Testing the new Sage X fly rod on Washington's Yakima River (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Sage introduces the X

The new rod series marks the culmination of 10 generations of rod making innovation

There's a reason that Sage is one of the industry's biggest and most heralded rod makers. Since it's founding in 1980 by rod designer Don Green, Sage has been producing some of the best and most innovative rods on the market. Rod series like Sage's RPL have achieved near mythical status in the memories of anglers, and the pedigree of Sage's flagship rods breeds an anticipation regarding what's next that is perhaps unmatched elsewhere in the industry. Today, Sage answered that question of what's next by introducing the Sage X, it's latest flagship offering.

river snorkeling
Snorkelers keep one eye on each other for accurate spacing across the river and the other eye on the fish swimming past them (photo: Kris Millgate).

The snorkel crew

Counting the return of endangered salmon

Wet, black backs are slowly moving upstream. I’m watching the scuba suits through my lens and I like what I see from above, but seeing what’s under is what I really want. From underneath, there is a precise picture of what holds where and for an angler, that’s more effective than dropping bugs on the surface and waiting to see what bites.