Review: Orvis Bug Out Fly-Fishing Backpack

A do-it-all pack for anglers of every stripe
Photo: Spencer Durrant

I was on my way home from a long day of fishing high-country cutthroat streams when a buddy called and asked if I was busy tomorrow.

“No,” I said. “Why?”

“You wanna go float the Green?”

I agreed immediately, even though I was seven hours from the Green and it was already dark. If I drove through the night – with just a quick stop for a few hours of sleep in the truck – I’d be there in time.

Review: Scott Centric fly rod

Scott's new flagship freshwater fly rod is a classic in the making
The Scott Centric fly rod (photo: Chad Shmukler).

We let our verdict on Scott’s new Centric slip by including it in the February 2021 installment of our regular “Gear We Love Right Now” feature, noting that the Centric had been a do-it-all performer since it showed up on our doorstep last fall. But there’s a lot more to ground to cover when it comes to Scott’s new flagship freshwater rod series, and that’s what we aim to do here.

How to prepare your camper for the season

Making sure your RV's systems are in tip top shape for another year on the road
Photo: Chris Hunt

Six years ago, I bought a small camper — a hard-sided 15-footer with a “hybrid” pullout that made it just about right for one or two people who wanted a few creature comforts but didn’t need the overall “glamping” accoutrement to enjoy time in the woods.

Basically, those comforts consisted of indoor plumbing — a quick daily shower and the ability to enjoy the morning constitutional without digging a cat hole and enduring a swarm of mosquitos bearing down on my naked rear end.

Review: Irish Setter MudPaw boots

Even with hyper-specialized footwear for everything outdoors, we still need a do-it-all performer
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain

Way back in elementary school days, I owned only three pairs of shoes: school shoes, after-school shoes, and Sunday-go-to-meetin’ shoes. Items one and three are self-explanatory and were worn only within those narrow and rigidly defined parameters. The after-school shoes were for everything else. And I mean everything.

A blue-winged olive trio

How to fish a blue-winged olive (BWO) hatch
An epic BWO hatch on a cold, miserable spring day on Utah's Green River (photo: Anderson Thomas).

Spring provides a fresh start. A rebirth, if you will. Warmer days and greening of the landscape tells me hatches are on the way. For my home waters and countless other trout streams across the country, the blue-winged olive hatch is one of the season’s first, but it’s also one that provides excellent fishing from the top of the river to the bottom. Not all hatches provide this full-column of opportunity—where trout actively feed on nymphs, then emergers, and finally adults.