Review: Lone Bison Heritage fly tying table

Putting Lone Bison's handmade, distinctive tying tables to the test
Photo: Chris Hunt

I enjoy tying my own flies. That doesn’t mean I’m particularly good at it.

I’ve reached a certain level of acceptable competency with my tying, however — I have a few patterns down pat, and can tie them fairly well and fairly quickly (the latter is important, because I often find myself tying right up to the 11th hour before a fishing trip). That said, anything that can make my tying more efficient is something I’m interested in.

The trout will let you know

If no one's swinging, it's probably because you're not throwing strikes
Photo: Matt Shaw

The great Ted Williams once watched three pitches go by without offering the slightest evidence of a swing. The umpire yelled “ball” each time, and—upset with those calls—the young catcher behind the plate turned and complained.

“You’re squeezing us, man!”

“Listen, bud,” the umpire responded, “when your pitcher throws a strike, Mr. Williams will let you know.”

How to learn to love small fish again

New anglers and kids have it right
Photo: Spencer Durrant

For all the current problems facing Utah’s Wasatch Front — overdevelopment, drought, and a general disregard for traffic laws — it’s a wonderful place to live if you’re a trout angler. Rivers and streams are just minutes from the big cities and towns, and their trout consistently grow close to that 20-inch mark. It’s the sort of fishing that spoils an angler.

It certainly spoiled me.

ASA to increase fly fishing focus at ICAST 2023

What does it mean for AFFTA and the IFTD show?
Scenes from the formerly joint ICAST / IFTD show in Orlando, Florida (photo: Chad Shmukler).

The American Sportfishing Association this week announced a plan “to significantly enhance the fly fishing sector” at the next International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, planned for July 11-14, 2023, in Orlando.

Will no one fight for Snake River steelhead and salmon?

With GOP stalwarts opposing dam removal and Democrats flaccidly uncomitted, who will fight for our imperiled fish?
Columbia Riverkeeper member Heidi Cody joins activists calling for dam removal during a vigil for salmon in Vancouver, Wash., on November 20, 2021 (photo: Alex Milan Tracy)

Over the last two decades, the federal government has invested about $17 billion of your money into the effort to save salmon and steelhead in the Snake River basin. It might be one of the most expensive government boondoggles in our nation’s 246-year history.