What is the number one thing fly fishers can do to improve?

Lessons from atop the angling mountain
Photo: Jeremy Roberts

One of the advantages to running a small, twice-a-year fly fishing school with some of the world’s most acclaimed anglers is that I can reach out with trout-related questions whenever I get the itch. Last week, I asked our School of Trout instructors if they’d be willing to share their thoughts on the following question:

The dispersed camper's guide to etiquette

A primer on good camping behavior
Photo: USFS

By all counts, there will be more of us outdoors this coming summer. And anyone who visited public lands last summer, particularly in the West, can testify, anecdotally of course, that more people were out and about in 2020 than in years past, thanks largely to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the desire to find safe recreation alternatives away from crowds. Experts in the camping and RV fields are quick to point out that RV sales were up markedly in 2020, and that the trend is continuing in 2021.

Review: Orvis Bug Out Fly-Fishing Backpack

A do-it-all pack for anglers of every stripe
Photo: Spencer Durrant

I was on my way home from a long day of fishing high-country cutthroat streams when a buddy called and asked if I was busy tomorrow.

“No,” I said. “Why?”

“You wanna go float the Green?”

I agreed immediately, even though I was seven hours from the Green and it was already dark. If I drove through the night – with just a quick stop for a few hours of sleep in the truck – I’d be there in time.

Review: Scott Centric fly rod

Scott's new flagship freshwater fly rod is a classic in the making
The Scott Centric fly rod (photo: Chad Shmukler).

We let our verdict on Scott’s new Centric slip by including it in the February 2021 installment of our regular “Gear We Love Right Now” feature, noting that the Centric had been a do-it-all performer since it showed up on our doorstep last fall. But there’s a lot more to ground to cover when it comes to Scott’s new flagship freshwater rod series, and that’s what we aim to do here.

How to prepare your camper for the season

Making sure your RV's systems are in tip top shape for another year on the road
Photo: Chris Hunt

Six years ago, I bought a small camper — a hard-sided 15-footer with a “hybrid” pullout that made it just about right for one or two people who wanted a few creature comforts but didn’t need the overall “glamping” accoutrement to enjoy time in the woods.

Basically, those comforts consisted of indoor plumbing — a quick daily shower and the ability to enjoy the morning constitutional without digging a cat hole and enduring a swarm of mosquitos bearing down on my naked rear end.