5 flies that catch trout across the Rockies—and beyond

Avoid choice paralysis by focusing on these 5 proven patterns
Photo: Earl Harper

“What did it eat?” I hollered.

Across the lake, my fishing buddy Pat yelled back, “Red chironomid. Again.”

I set my rod across my lap and unzipped a pouch on my float tube. It was a brilliant spring day, warmer than it had any right to be, and Pat and I were on my favorite high country lake a full month earlier than I’ve ever been before. Usually snow blocks the road until the first week of June. We were floating it before Mother’s Day.

Redington intros TRACE and STRIKE fly rods + 2 new reels

As the season kicks off, so do four new trout-friendly offerings from Redington
The new Redington TRACE (photo: Redington).

For obvious reasons, there hasn't been much news or buzz around new gear these days. But, recently, Redington took the wraps off its first new gear offerings of 2020, introducing two new fly rods and reels.

No worse place for a mine

North America’s biggest wilderness and best inland fishery is endangered by the continent’s most toxic industry
Photo: Toshi Higashi

Sulfide-ore mining for copper, nickel and other metals in the United States has a flawless environmental record—meaning that a perfect 14-of-14 operating mines (representing 89 percent of U.S. copper production) were found to have released toxic contaminants via accidental releases such as pipeline failures, tailings dam spills, water treatment failures and seepage into groundwater supply.

If you head out, practice #ResponsibleRecreation

Those of us returning to the water and the woods must continue safe, responsible behavior
Angler Earl Harper doing what so many of us do when we head to the water—finding space and solitude (photo: Chad Shmukler).

As the ongoing pandemic evolves and stay-at-home orders and shelter-in-place orders are beginning to lift around the country, anglers everywhere are itching to get outside and go fishing.

Iconic outdoor brands Patagonia and Columbia support lawsuit to block Trump’s environmental rollbacks

And call on Congress and the courts to stop attempts to gut the Clean Water Act
Photo: BLM

While most of the country is consumed with all things coronavirus, environmental groups, watchdog organizations and other environmental advocates have issued repeated warnings about the Trump administration’s continued efforts to roll back environmental regulations under cover of the viral pandemic.