British Columbia Steelhead


Help move the needle

Last October, on a blue-bird, 80 degree day, a handful of amazing, iconic anglers hooked up to fish a beautiful Montana spring creek and talk about the single largest threat to America’s trout fishing.

Steve Hemkens of Orvis drove over from Jackson Hole. Photographer extraordinaire Tim Romano flew up from Colorado. Craig Mathews of Blue Ribbon Flies made the short drive from his Madison Valley home. Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia flew in from … well, I honestly don’t have any idea where Yvon flew in from. All I can say for sure is that he was there.

Tenkara Summit 2015

A look at what's coming at this year's summit hosted by Tenkara USA

For the fifth consecutive year, Tenkara USA will host their Tenkara Summit on September 19, at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The registration is $35.00 and includes lunch.

I attended the first summit in 2010 in West Yellowstone, Montana and helped organize the third summit co-hosted by Mossy Creek Fly Fishing in Harrisonburg, Virginia. I have missed previous “western” gatherings but I know the information and the camaraderie provided will be outstanding.

Scientific Anglers Casting Pond
Testing the Mastery VPT on the Scientific Anglers casting pond.

Giveaway: Scientific Anglers Mastery VPT fly line

Win a dry fly fisherman's dream line

Imagine sending out a neat and tidy newsletter each week featuring the best of each week's articles, editor's picks from our archives, exclusive fly fishing photography and more, but being too lazy to bother telling anyone you're doing it. That's us. We've even been too lazy to bribe folks to sign up to receive the newsletter. We tried it once before, but didn't bother getting the word out much.

Photo: Chad Shmukler

Right under my nose

Seeking the cure for fishing envy

About a week ago, I was sitting around trying to get some work done when I got an email from a friend of mine. He works at my favorite fly shop here in Utah, and he was emailing me some pictures of the bonefish he’d snagged while fishing South Andros Island in the Bahamas earlier that day.

A few days later, another friend of mine sent me some pictures of him with a steelhead on some river in Washington. Then a couple days after that I read about two anglers’ grand adventure in Patagonia.

Angler Mike Sepelak tosses a big streamer at a logjam on the Elk River near Fernie, BC (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Down by the river

Todd Tanner is old as dirt and proud of it

I’m thinking about driving up to British Columbia in the morning to sneak in a little dry fly fishing. It’s crazy, but I just can’t get Neil Young out of my head.

Old man sitting
by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by,
Blue moon sinking
from the weight of the load
And the buildings scrape the sky,
Cold wind ripping
down the alley at dawn
And the morning paper flies,
Dead man lying
by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes.