Fish speak up on climate change

Major transformations in Atlantic fisheries latest evidence of mounting implications of warming planet
A leaping Atlantic Salmon on the Big East River in Newfoundland (photo: Atlantic Salmon Federation).
The Trump administration has forbidden federal employees to write or utter the words “climate change” and is deep-sixing federal research about how humans are increasing the planet’s average temperature. “The concept of global warming,” Mr. Trump has proclaimed, “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

Fish are defending the Chinese.

The biggest killer of cast accuracy and how to avoid it

There are many factors that contribute to a well-aimed cast, but none more than this
Peter Treichel of Patagonia River Guides tosses a long cast on Rio Malleo (photo: Earl Harper / Harper Studios).
Whenever I watch other flycasters, I have a habit of analyzing their casting. I mentally deconstruct their strokes to determine which parts are technically sound, and which parts wither under scrutiny. I ponder what suggestions for improvement I'd pass along if asked, and how I might phrase the wording of those suggestions. Many flaws of technique require a wholesale rebuilding of the casting stroke. Others are more easily fixed. Among the latter is off-plane movement of the rod, a common reason why many fishermen struggle to place their fly where they’re aiming.

Review: Winston Kairos fly rod

Winston enters uncharted territory with its mold-breaking new rod
Photo: Spencer Durrant
In an effort to broaden their lineup and offer more opportunities to fish their rods, Winston rolled out two new families of rods this year—the Nimbus and Kairos.

At $475, the Kairos essentially replaces the popular Nexus (a rod which, in a 9’7wt is one of my all-time favorites) as Winston’s entry-level offering. But, unlike the Nexus, the Kairos is a significant departure from the features that make Winston rods what they are and the Kairos will no doubt gain some level of notoriety for that fact alone.

Review: Vedavoo Spinner Deluxe Daypack

Keeping it clean in what might be the last day pack you'll ever need
Photo: Uncredited
The vast majority of my fishing is done on foot, typically for 6 hours at a time or more. I always plan to spend as much of the day on the water as possible, which makes daypacks (and their oft integrated, supporting chest packs or gear pouches) designed for angling are of particular import to my days on the river.

The fish weren't there

Adapting to the new normal
Photo: Chris Hunt
I went to one of my favorite backcountry haunts this last week, an annual visit during “hopper time” when big trout look up and nobody else is around to laugh at my casting.

But the fish weren’t there.

I climbed to the river’s headwaters where wild rainbows and bull trout congregate in late summer to feast on terrestrials and lounge in sun-kissed, yet snow-chilled water. Everything was different. Everything had changed.