How to learn to love small fish again

New anglers and kids have it right
Photo: Spencer Durrant

For all the current problems facing Utah’s Wasatch Front — overdevelopment, drought, and a general disregard for traffic laws — it’s a wonderful place to live if you’re a trout angler. Rivers and streams are just minutes from the big cities and towns, and their trout consistently grow close to that 20-inch mark. It’s the sort of fishing that spoils an angler.

It certainly spoiled me.

ASA to increase fly fishing focus at ICAST 2023

What does it mean for AFFTA and the IFTD show?
Scenes from the formerly joint ICAST / IFTD show in Orlando, Florida (photo: Chad Shmukler).

The American Sportfishing Association this week announced a plan “to significantly enhance the fly fishing sector” at the next International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, planned for July 11-14, 2023, in Orlando.

Will no one fight for Snake River steelhead and salmon?

With GOP stalwarts opposing dam removal and Democrats flaccidly uncomitted, who will fight for our imperiled fish?
Columbia Riverkeeper member Heidi Cody joins activists calling for dam removal during a vigil for salmon in Vancouver, Wash., on November 20, 2021 (photo: Alex Milan Tracy)

Over the last two decades, the federal government has invested about $17 billion of your money into the effort to save salmon and steelhead in the Snake River basin. It might be one of the most expensive government boondoggles in our nation’s 246-year history.

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard gives away the company

100% ownership of Patagonia, valued at $3 billion, was transferred to two environmental non-profits
Photo: Campbell Brewer

What do you do when you’re a billionaire philanthropist in possession of one of the most reputable and valuable outdoor brands on the planet and it’s time to step down? You want to see your company’s good work not just continue, but channel everything the company does—and earns—into making the world a better place. You could sell the company for billions, and dedicate all the profits to philanthropic goals. But you’re a maverick in the corporate world, and you don’t trust the market or potential new owners to preserve your values or maintain employment and working conditions?

Scott introduces new Wave fly rod series

Scott's new fast-action rods are aimed at anglers chasing everything from big trout to giant trevally
Angler Tara Lynch McCreedy releases a permit landed with the new Scott Wave fly rod (photo: Chris McCreedy).

Venerated rod maker Scott recently announced its latest rod series, named the Scott Wave. The new series, according to the Colorado-based rod maker, is "equally at home slam fishing the flats, casting fast sinking lines for stripers, or chasing carp and bass at the local park." With a mid-range price point, the Wave offers anglers a high-performance alternative well-loved Scott flagship rod series like the Centric and Sector.