Photo: Chris Hunt

I guess it started a few years back when I just wasn’t excited about winter anymore. I remember the younger version of me, the guy that used to watch the winter radar and cheer on the storms that moved east across the Snake River Plain to deliver snow by the feet to my little corner of the world.

The Tao of Trout

What does a week-long, $12,500 fly fishing class look like?
School of Trout students gathered on the Henry's Fork in Idaho (photo: Jeremy Roberts).

I remember picking up my phone the other day to dial my friend Todd Tanner in hopes of getting a better idea of what his new fly fishing class is going to be all about. Todd, who’s spearheaded the School of Trout seminars that have taken place on the Henry’s Fork in Island Park, Idaho, for the last few years, is altering the class’ formula this coming fall, and the alteration was the reason I was holding the phone and considering making a call.

When everything comes up carp, embrace it

The teflon fish offers a challenging, entertaining departure from coldwater species
Urban carp fishing in between Minnesota's Twin Cities (photo: Martin Ludden).

You know how they used to say that only cockroaches and coyotes will survive the end of the world brought on by a nuclear exchange? I’m thinking we ought to add carp to the list.

Sage introduces the new R8 CORE fly rod lineup

Sage's newest flagship fly rod series is here, backed by major technological advancements
Photo: Sage Fly Fishing.

You’ve probably heard us quote our good friend, frequent contributor, and School of Trout “headmaster” Todd Tanner by stating that the true hallmark of a great fly rod is one that “disappears in your hand,” a rod that is so intuitive and tuned to your angling, that you barely notice it’s there. It seems that iconic rod maker Sage, who this week introduced its latest flagship rod, the R8 CORE, is in agreement.

Sage teases new R8 CORE fly fishing rods

The iconic Bainbridge Island rod maker's next big thing is here. Well, almost.
Photo: Far Bank Enterprises.

The world of fly fishing is no stranger to new fly rod releases from Sage. There may be no brand that makes more of an effort to keep its lineup of offerings fresh and new than the Bainbridge Island, Washington-based rod maker. Most new rod releases (for all rod makers, not just Sage), however, are born solely new of designs—whether new rod tapers, new models tuned towards specific fishing applications, new componentry, or so on. They aren't the product of major advancements in materials or other technologies.