The best dry fly river in America?

There may be no other river in America where the fish spend more time looking up
The South Fork of the Snake River (photo: Bob Wick / cc2.0).

It was August 1998 — I was in Idaho for the first time, on a job interview, where I hoped to become the editor of a twice-monthly outdoors magazine, while also editing the local newspaper’s weekly farm and ranch guide. I didn’t know the first thing about farming or ranching, but as a journalist, I was fairly confident I could learn on the go. I did know a fair bit about fishing and enough about hunting to get by. That was the appeal, of course—writing about the outdoors and time outside in what was then one of the best-kept secrets in America.

The marvel of grayling

A fish like no other
Photo: Earl Harper

It was muggy and hot in Fairbanks when Lander Crook and I left his apartment and started driving north. I was in Alaska for a few weeks; Lander was there working the entire summer. We’d timed the trip so we could spend a couple of days fishing together. I’d just come back from chasing halibut out of Valdez and sockeye all through the Copper River drainage. Lander strung together a few days off from driving tour buses so we’d have time to properly explore the roadside fisheries around Fairbanks.

A historic chance to protect America's free-flowing rivers

Ten bills in Congress would add conservation protections to 7,000 miles of river to safeguard drinking water, biodiversity and recreation
Tumalo Falls in Central Oregon (photo: Bonnie Moreland / cc2.0).

Each year thousands of tourists who visit Central Oregon trudge up a steep half-mile path to see Tumalo Creek emerge from the pine forest and plunge 97 feet over lava rock into a narrow canyon. Tumalo Falls is the highlight for visitors who hike along the 20-mile creek. But for residents in nearby Bend, the creek is also a prized source of drinking water and a haven for wildlife.

New Montana-based fly fishing apparel brand Skwala launches

A team of industry veterans has assembled to launch an all-new fly fishing apparel brand
Image credit: Skwala Fishing

It's not every day that a brand new fly fishing apparel brand launches, let alone one manned by a team of people that have resumes that include tenures spent at some of the industry's most preeminent brands—gear makers such as Sitka, YETI, Simms, Patagonia, and Orvis. It's partially because of its team's pedigree that Montana-based newcomer Skwala Fishing is already turning heads.

Bourbon by a landslide

An introduction to bourbon
Photo: Chad Shmukler

When we closed down our bird-hunting/trout-fishing cabin, Andy’s Acres, for the winter we said a solemn goodbye to several departed friends—friends whose presence had unfailingly warmed our souls and buoyed our spirits. They’d given the last full measure of devotion, and their names should not be forgotten. Hail and farewell, then, to Jeff, Mark, Craig, and Woody.