headwater trout stream
This Pennsylvania headwater stream feeds into some of its states greatest trout waters (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Anglers everywhere need to stand up for restored protections to America's rivers and streams

For every angler who plucked their first trout from a black-bottomed beaver pond high in the Rockies under the watchful eye of a father or a grandfather, this day is for you. For every fisherman or fisherwoman whose first bluegill came to hand after it pulled a bobber under water on some lonely little stream shaded by sweet gum trees, this day is for you, too.

Brook Trout spawning colors
All in the name of science: a brightly colored brook trout comes to the net after taking a stonefly nymph (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Go fishing for science

Trout Unlimited launched its TroutBlitz 2015 effort over the Memorial Day weekend, in hopes of encouraging America’s anglers to go fishing in the name of science.

Echo BOOST Fly Rod
The ECHO BOOST saltwater series.

ECHO intros new 'BOOST' fly rod series

Last week, ECHO more formally announced a rod series it initially revealed almost a year ago, its new BOOST series. The BOOST is a mid-low price range rod that can easily be described as ultra-fast, which ECHO owner and rod designer Tim Rajeff says he crafted for anglers with more compact casting strokes that are looking to deliver longer casts with higher line speeds and tighter loops.

fly fishing
Photo: Chris Hunt

Fly fishing industry leaders pen letter to Congress calling for restoration of Clean Water Act protections

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are nearing the release of a final rule that would restore protections under the Clean Water Act for small headwater streams in the United States. Dubbed Waters of the United States, the new rule would protect small headwater streams from unpermitted development, just as was intended when the Clean Water Act was approved 40 years ago.

Tenkara Fishing
Photo: Tenkara USA

Tenkara Jam 2015

Excuse my indulgence in a little local tenkara cheerleading.

Last October I went to North Carolina for the first Appalachian Tenkara Jam. The Jam was the brainchild of Jason Sparks and Lance Milks who had been mulling the idea of a tenkara gathering for a number of years.

The gathering they had in mind would bring multiple vendors together so participants would have a chance to get some hands-on time with different products. There would also be presentations by tenkara savvy folks who wanted to share tips and tactics they have picked up from experience.