An ode to grayling

Affable, eager, cooperative grayling are a fish worth walking miles for
Photo: Earl Harper

There’s a modest fishing lodge on the shores of Black Lake, just outside of Stoney Rapids, Sask., where the lake dumps into the Fond du Lac River. I visited some 16 years ago, right around the summer solstice when the days were long and sunny.

And the black flies. Jesus, the black flies.

Review: Shell 583Wh Portable Power Station

On-the-go power for your outdoor escapes
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain

In a perfect world, me getting away from it all would mean just that — no agendas, no schedules, no responsibilities, no phones, no need to make images or take notes. Heck, in my idea of a perfect world there wouldn’t be anything to get away from. Because everything would be perfect.

5 more books for fly anglers

February reading for fly anglers
Photo: Chad Shmukler

I suffer from fly-fishing book fatigue at times. While I love a good yarn now and then, it seems that our chosen craft attracts more artists and writers than, say, something a little more technical, like aviation mechanics.

Every year or so, a gaggle of new scribes (or old ones, for that matter) are so inspired by the long rod that they can’t help but push out new compilations of fishing stories that they hope will resonate with the angling masses. (Full disclosure: I’m as guilty as anyone, but it’s been a while since I’ve gone the essay/memoir route in book form.)

Heavy snowpacks to offer relief from 1200 year Western drought

Above average snowfall throughout much of the American West bodes good tidings for the coming fishing season
Photo: Joi Ito / cc2.0.

Western trout anglers hoping for a little relief from a drought that’s well into its third decade can take heart in the fact that snow data collected by the Natural Resources Conservation Service looks good for the first time in a long time.

And that’s especially true for the southern reaches of the Rockies, where the drought has drained reservoirs, raised water temperatures and left some stretches of the most iconic trout streams in the country utterly unfishable.

Review: Redington Trailblazer fly rod

A great-casting rod in a small package
Photo: Redington

Fly rods are many things, but one thing they aren’t is convenient for air travel. You need a special case to haul them as a carry-on, and I know few anglers who have enough faith in baggage handlers these days put a few thousand dollars worth of rods, reels, and line in checked baggage.