2021 Fly Fishing Show dates cancelled or postponed due to coronavirus

Skyrocketing COVID-19 case counts have forced unwelcome changes in the show's annual schedule
Checking out new gear at The Fly Fishing Show in Edison, New Jersey (photo: Chad Shmukler).

After several summer months of steady improvement in impacts resulting from the coronavirus across the United States, the last two months have seen COVID-19 case counts skyrocket throughout the nation. This second wave of virus cases has created a great deal of uncertainty regarding the safety and practicality of holding large, indoor events like The Fly Fishing Show, which is an annual winter pilgrimage for thousands of anglers. As a result of this developing situation, The Fly Fishing show has decided to postpone or cancel 2021 dates for several of its most popular destinations.

How to start a one-match fire

Crucial fire-starting skills that can pay dividends everywhere from the backyard to icy winter woods
Photo: Pasi Mämmelä / cc2.0

The cold front had passed, leaving rain-soaked wood and dropping temperatures in its wake. And I was concerned. Could I start a fire and warm my chilled backside and a chilled wife with the single match held between my forefinger and thumb? I thought back to the classic Jack London story “To Build a Fire” and wondered if I had what it took to survive the damp coolness of an Arkansas winter with minimal equipment and my wits, let alone the negative 75-degree frozen hell of the Far North where (spoiler alert) London’s character met his icy demise.

The dark side of social media influencers

How Instagram personalities, unscrupulous brand ambassadors and more take a toll on public lands
Photo: John Fowler / cc2.0

Earlier this fall, influencer, brand ambassador and professional skier David Lesh took the trail to Colorado’s iconic Maroon Bells, stepped into the lake at the base of the stunning mountains that have graced magazine covers, inspired plein air art and uplifted visitors to the West for generations, and dropped a deuce.

Review: Thomas & Thomas Contact II fly rod

The second incarnation of T&T's Euro-nymphing specialist is like no other rod on the market
Photo: George Costa

Thomas & Thomas introduced the Contact series of Euro-nymphing rods a handful of years ago and they almost immediately garnered a cult-like following, with many an experienced nymph angler raving about their performance and build quality. Those ravings were well warranted, given that the original Contact was a superb example of what a thoughtfully designed Euro rod could be. So when T&T announced the Contact II, it inevitably begged the question: could the second incarnation of the Contact series provide a marked upgrade from its well-loved predecessor?

Chasing the scourge

In 30 years, the invasive Eurasian collared dove has expanded its range to cover much of the North American continent
The Eurasian collared dove (photo: Becky Matsubara / cc2.0).

The gravel crunched beneath my boots as I walked the lonely road down the hill toward the Snake River, my shotgun cradled across my left arm, and my tired old mutt wandering slowly by my side.