5 go-to flies for March

Dependable, longtime performers for your spring fishing pursuits
Photo: Chris Hunt

If you’re living along the Eastern Seaboard, particularly in the Southeast or in the mid-Atlantic region, March Madness isn’t just about basketball. The redbuds and dogwoods are “almost there,” and Appalachian brook trout streams are eminently fishable, if not just a couple of weeks away from ideal.

Restoring Utah's Fish Creek

Funds from Utah's "Cutthroat Slam" program are helping to fuel conservation initiatives around the state
Photo: A Bonneville Cutthroat Trout from Utah's Fish Creek (photo: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources).

The Utah Cutthroat Slam launched in 2016 with the goal of raising money to improve cutthroat fisheries throughout the state. Of course, a secondary goal was to introduce anglers to the West’s native trout, four subspecies of which call some of Utah’s most scenic waters home.

New fly fishing gear: March 2023

With fishing season right around the corner, a bevy of new gear is about to hit fly shop shelves
Photo: Orvis.

It’s almost spring and fly fishers are prepping for a new season on the water. Predictably, manufacturers are launching new product lines and anglers in need of gear upgrades are going to have plenty of choices to make. From wading boots to travel luggage to attire, the industry’s leading manufacturers are coming in hot with new products that might feel like must-have stuff for 2023.

Chatting dry fly fishing with the experts

Join us this Wednesday for a live Q&A about all things dry fly fishing
Students and instructors at The School of Trout (photo: Tim Romano).

If you’re looking for an angler to query with dry fly fishing questions, or if you’re in search of a dry-fly expert, you might consider seeking an audience with School of Trout founder Todd Tanner. In the roughly three decades I’ve been a fly angler, two of those three in the “business” of fly fishing, I’ve yet to meet another angler more singularly focused on the art of dry fly fishing than Tanner.

The most Idaho fish of them all

Trout? Mountain whitefish may be the most truly 'Idaho' fish there is
Photo: USFWS Mountain Prairie

When I first moved to Idaho, nearly a quarter of a century ago, I was fascinated with the state’s wild heart. Home to the largest wilderness area in the Lower 48 (the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness — the genesis of mighty Salmon River), and the most roadless acreage of any state in the Union, save for Alaska, I was awash in a desire to see it all.