The Ph.D.

Triggering a memory of feeding
Photo: Tom Davis
It's that time of year: The time when that most glamorous of gamefish, Salmo salar, "the leaper," returns from the ocean and ascends its natal streams to spawn—there to be pursued by legions of impassioned anglers, anglers who essay hundreds, even thousands of casts hoping to feel the urgent throb of an Atlantic salmon on the end of their line.

Otterbox joins the cooler game

New Venture line of coolers offers a handful of unique features
Photo: Ansel Watrous
Otterbox, a company best known for its rugged cases for iPhones and other smartphones, announced this week that it is joining the premium cooler fray with its introduction of its new line of Venture coolers. The Venture is only the latest entry into the increasingly crowded injection-molded high-end cooler space, which is mostly filled with poorly disguised (or not disguised at all) knock-offs of existing products from premium cooler pioneer and 800-pound gorilla, YETI.


Stop fighting dandelions and embrace them
Photo: Johnny Carroll Sain
I’ve never had a manicured lawn. I like the hodgepodge of interesting flowers that pop up in my yard starting with the trout lily in late winter to the golden rod that ushers in autumn. Plus, manicured lawns are bad for our rivers and streams and, in many ways, just plain stupid.

Review: Vedavoo Beast Sling Pack

Everything you need and nothing you don't makes Jack a happy angler
Photo: Yoshinori Nakazawa
Long before I started taking gear into the field with the intention of writing about it, I was pack obsessed. As manufacturers have refined their designs over the last decade or so, advancements in build, comfort, weight and features have often been hard to resist. 10 years or so later, and the packs we anglers get to choose from before we head out to to water are better than they’ve ever been.

Seafood Watch downgrades (some) wild steelhead to "avoid"

Monterey Bay Aquarium's decision is a step in the right direction, but far from enough
Photo: Gary Vonherohe
Anglers are a group that seem to need constant reminders of how influential they can be when organized and motivated. Recently announced changes by Seafood Watch, a service provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium that guides thousands of consumers in their seafood buying decisions, should serve as just such a reminder.