Review: Grundens Boundary Stockingfoot waders

GORE-TEX has never been better used
Photo: Alex Stulce

Waders are probably the toughest piece of gear to review. How much can I write about a pair of fancy overalls before it starts to feel like I’m just trying to hit a word count? The goal is to give you, the reader, some valuable insight before you go spend a bunch of money on new waders, but it’s tough to dig deep and find that information because waders are so derivative.

Nymphing: When to ditch the dead-drift

When an "induced nymph" can significantly up your catch rate
Photo: George Daniel.

I make a point of reflecting on my teaching efforts with the hope of becoming a better educator. This often means looking through past writing projects in search of things I failed to mention. One gap I quickly noticed was neglecting to highlight the importance of speeding up subsurface presentations, specifically when nymphing. There are numerous fly-fishing scenarios when we should ditch the idea of a natural dead drift and think about inducing drag to move the nymph faster than the current, as well as to create vertical movement towards the surface.

The kids aren't alright

Montana turns its back on its children
Kian Tanner fishes the Missouri River with his father (photo: Jeremy Roberts / Conservation Media).

I can’t claim to understand love. Is it an intimate emotional connection that binds us together? A chemical reaction surging through our cerebral cortex? A genetic adaptation that helps ensure the propagation of our species? The sublime gift of some greater power? I honestly don’t know. I can’t even tell you if those explanations are mutually exclusive or whether two, or perhaps more, might be true at the same time.

Love is a mystery. All I know is that it’s real.

Momentum grows for new thinking about river restoration

An unconventional gathering helped spur ideas to speed the pace and scale of river restoration projects across the West
Logjam on the Salmon River in Oregon (photo: Sam Beebe / cc2.0).

Brian and Pat Robertson first noticed something wrong nearly 30 years ago. A stream called Little Bear Creek ran through their property in northern Idaho, but the waterway had long ago been altered during a logging operation and essentially functioned as a ditch, carrying water swiftly away from the valley. Trees were dying; the water table was dropping; neighbors were digging dry wells. After consulting with Natural Resources Conservation Service and touring several Forest Service restoration projects in Oregon, the Robertsons decided to take the creek back to Stage Zero.