Photo: Matt Reilly

Regardless of the current weather transpiring outside of your window in your corner of the world, global climate change has occurred. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2016 set a record as the warmest year on record and 16 of the 17 warmest years since 1880 have occurred since 2001.

Fish where the water gets dirty

The confluence of waters of varying clarity can be fishing hot spots
Casting streamers through the confluence of the clean waters of Lago Yelcho and the inflow of glacially silted water from a nearby creek (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Several years back, on a float trip in northern Utah where the murky currents of the aptly named Red Creek dump into the Green River, I had an epic day of fly fishing.

A summer squall had moved across the steppe country the day before, and Red Creek was brimming. The Green, cold and clear in its A section below Flaming Gorge Dam, collided with the muddy flows of the tributary and created a visible line between clean and dirty water that meandered downstream for a half a mile.

The School of Trout is back, and bigger, in year two

New classes and instructors debut in 2019
School of Trout instructor Pat McCabe on the Henry's Fork (photo: Todd Tanner).

Most of us try to improve our fishing by spending as much time as we can on the water. We throw ourselves into our angling with all the passion we can muster, and we learn through observation, trial and error, and—if we’re smart—by coaxing a valuable lesson from every single mistake we make. Becoming a better angler, truth be told, is mostly a function of time and patience. Lots of time and patience.

Unfortunately, though, most of us don’t have unlimited free time, or unlimited patience ... so we settle for learning what we can, when we can, and then hope for the best.

Realms of perception

Oh, you can believe it
Photo: Chad Shmukler

Like most of us, I'd always thought that wine writing was 99% BS. You know, crapola like "a supple but substantial vintage, insouciant but not brazenly so, its soft undertones of plum and black cherry in lilting contrapuntal harmony to hints of oak, vanilla, and cardamon …"

Taking the cure

Sometimes, you should quit while you're ahead
Photo: Nate Sipple

These days no one bats an eye at the idea of flyfishing for muskies but there was a time—not so very long ago, really—when it was regarded with deep skepticism. If you have any familiarity with “conventional” muskie tackle it’s easy to figure out why. You could winch jackknifed semis out of ditches with the reels, buttress mineshafts with the rods, moor aircraft carriers with the lines and leaders.