When it snows, it flows

This year's epic snowpacks have set the stage for an epic runoff season in the West
Spring runoff on a river in California in 2017 (photo: David Brossard / cc2.0).

Thirty years ago, as the only reporter for “The Chaffee County Times” in quiet little Buena Vista, Colo., I covered the biggest story of the year, largely by just looking out of my office window.

Riversmith intros Swiftcast fly rod holder for rafts

A modular, universal fly rod holder for virtually any raft
Photo: Riversmith.

It’s widely accepted that rafts are experts at breaking fly rods. Without proper, protective storage for rods, raft owners typically end up improvising by laying rods across their raft frames, stashing them out of the way(ish) in the bow or stern, or storing them half broken down someplace resembling safe.

New fly fishing gear: May 2023

What's new on the water this month
Patagonia's new Swiftcurrent Ultralight waders (photo: Arian Stevens).

The hits keep on coming from fly-fishing gear manufacturers in May, with a host of new items hitting the market. For starters, how about a redesigned and affordable classic fly reel? Or maybe a new hoody that promises to replace your dependable old cotton version with something a bit more sensible on the water? Or a pair of breathable waders that fit in a stuff sack the size of a large burrito?

Q&A: School of Trout founder Todd Tanner

18 questions on all things fly fishing
Photo: Tim Romano

Some anglers know Todd Tanner as the author of hundreds of fly fishing stories, essays and columns.  Others know him as a serious conservationist and the President of Conservation Hawks.  Still others know him as the founder of the School of Trout—the sport's preeminent instructional program which harnesses the fly fishing prowess of an impressive roster of presenters and instructors including folks like Tom Rosenbauer, John Juracek, Kirk Deeter, Craig Matthews, Bob Wh

5 tarpon flies for spring

Chasing the silver king this spring? Here are some fly picks.
Photo: Chris Hunt

It’s that time of year in southern Florida and throughout much of the Caribbean — big migratory tarpon are in near-shore waters and they’re prime targets for 10-weight-wielding fly anglers.

But the juveniles are active, too — fish up to 20 pounds are moving through Everglades canals and mangrove creeks all over the tropics. For saltwater anglers who’ve tasted the tarpon Kool-Aid, it’s the best time of the year.