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.

The girl who moves dogs

"Re-homing" retired hunting dogs across the country
Meagan Cook with CeCe [left] and her mother Birdie [right], the dog that started it all (Images courtesy: Meagan Cook).

In close to 40 years of writing about dogs and the people who own, breed, train, campaign, hunt with, live with, and otherwise fool with them, I’m not sure I’ve encountered anyone as obsessively passionate about what they do as Meagan Cook. If her professional identity is as the Fishing Manager for Orvis Austin in Texas, at certain wingshooting lodges around the country the über-energetic 27-year-old Austin native is known as “The Girl Who Moves Dogs.”

Sage intros new THERMO fly reel

A new reel from Sage built for drawn out battles with big-game species
Photo: Dylan Schmitz

We've said it before, and we're happy to say it again: Sage makes some of the best reels in the business, even if it's a company that's unquestionably more well-known for its fly rods than any other product it churns out. Given such, it's always exciting when the Bainbridge Island rod and reel maker outs a new reel. This time around Sage is introducing its new THERMO reel, a blue water- and big game-focused fly reel.