Firehole River Fly Fishing
Casting on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park (photo: John Juracek).

A different reason to improve

Catching more fish is a sound reason to become a better caster, but is it the only one?

When most fishermen decide to improve their fly casting skills, they generally share a similar rationale for doing so. Better casting, they reason, will make them better fishermen, which in turn will lead to their catching more fish. And in my experience as a teacher, this is exactly what happens. Better casters do catch more fish. So that’s a perfectly sound reason for wanting to improve. But is it the only one? Not for me. Not by a long shot. I’d like to offer up a different reason for improving—one rarely talked about these days—but which I believe is equally valid.

Steelhead Fishing - Terrace, British Columbia - Skeena River

Terrace Chrome

A short film looks at chasing bright chrome in northern BC

Closer to Juneau than Vancouver, Terrace lies in the far northern reaches of British Columbia, not far from Ketchikan, Alaska. The storied Skeena River, known for producing some of the most wild and most beautiful steelhead in the world, flows right through town, with more than 75 miles to go before it dumps into the Pacific Ocean after coursing through BC's old growth forests and coastal mountains. Also nearby is the Kitimat which, though less well known than the Skeena, boasts amazing runs of spring steelhead.

Photo: Matt Stoecker | DamNation Collection

Let's stop the stupidity on the Snake

It's time to bring salmon and steelhead back to 5,000 miles of Rocky Mountain streams

What costs taxpayers $150 million each year, no longer serves the purpose it was designed to serve, has its usefulness in continuing decline and — through its blockage of passage to over 5,000 miles of pristine, high elevation habitat — has been identified by the best available science as the primary force behind the destruction of the west's wild salmon and steelhead population?

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.