Tenkara rod Euro-nymphing

Tenkara rods are ideal tools for casting and fishing Euro-nymphing rigs
Photo: Chad Shmukler

The European nymphing trend in the fly fishing community continues to gain steam. The reason for this is simple: for many anglers, it’s the easiest way to consistently catch fish. Given that approximately 80 percent of a trout’s feeding is conducted below the surface, and the majority of that feeding is done close to the streambed, it stands to reason that your best chance of catching a trout is by fishing your flies sub-surface, deep in the water column. That means fishing nymphs.

Trout are in hot water in 2021

Another year of dangerous water temperatures is on tap for trout, here's what you can do
Trout handling practices become paramount when water temperatures rise (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Whether the calendar agrees or not, summer has arrived to much of trout country, and it won’t be long before we start hearing about heat-induced fishing restrictions, or fishing closures altogether. Many eastern locales have experienced a rain-starved spring, leading to below-normal streamflows and reservoir levels, and above-normal stream temperatures. In the West, it’s another lean water year in a series of lean water years.

Wild fish need wild fish activists, says Patagonia

A new initiative aims to inspire anglers to fight for wild fish
Indigenous activists protest, calling for the removal of the lower Klamath River dams (photo: Patrick McCully / cc2.0).

We all know what happens to wild rivers and wild landscapes when those places lack defenders. Inevitably, the wheel of so-called progress turns, and irreplaceable and invaluable wilderness is left used up, despoiled, and often irrevocably damaged. For more than the last century, we've watched this wheel turn in realtime.

The tiger king of alpine lakes

There's a new tool in the battle to control invasive brook trout populations in the west
Photo: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

The stocking report had to be wrong. A typo, a coding problem – something reasonable explained what I read.

Cottonwood Reservoir – MUSKIE TIGER

Donkey Lake – MUSKIE TIGER

Bullock Reservoir – MUSKIE TIGER

Why in the world would the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) stock tiger muskie into those lakes?

And the oscar goes to ... Florida

Southern Florida's aquatic invasive species are likely here to stay
Photo: Harum Koh / cc2.0

Sometime in the late 1950s, an aquarium fish farm in southeast Florida — apparently dissatisfied with just selling exotic fare to enthusiasts around the U.S. — decided to deliberately introduce a small South American fish into the canals of suburban Miami.