Beavers mean bigger trout

New study shows that when beavers and trout co-exist, trout populations can be healthier
An extensive beaver dam and resulting beaver pond (photo: Bering Land Bridge National Park / cc2.0).

If you fish for wild trout in the American West, you likely know that beavers and trout often occur together, particularly in backcountry streams where both are largely left to their own devices.

Review: ECHO River Glass fly rod

ECHO's smooth-casting, compact River Glass excels in the small-water environments it was built for
The ECHO River Glass fly rod in amber (photo: ECHO).

In Kenya’s Aberdare National Park, you can tip-toe the muddy churn and felled trees of elephant trails, sneak past bedded Cape buffalo, and crouch to cast into remote stretches of cold stream that’re barely wider than your wingspan. Limbs link to form arches overhead. Lichen and ferns cling to steep, lush, towering banks. And, there, you’ll find the progeny of Scottish trout that have been breeding mostly unmolested since 1905.

Rock Creek

The fishing is always great at a confluence
Photo: Spencer Durrant

Lander Crook tried in vain to free his flies from a tree. I stood upstream 50 yards or so and watched, slightly bemused, while he twisted and pulled his fly rod in directions I don’t think it was ever designed to go. But Lander has been my best friend since we were both five years old, so when it was apparent the flies weren’t coming out of the tree, I waded downstream to offer friendly advice.

“Don’t catch the tree,” I said, grabbing his leader and breaking it off with a snap. “Leader and flies are expensive – especially since I tie all your flies for free.”

It's time to stop teaching '10 o'clock and 2 o'clock' fly casting

There is no one-size-fits-all casting stroke
Photo: John Juracek

While visiting the shop recently, I learned that one of my young colleagues, recently back from college, would be teaching an even younger group of students how to cast a fly. I’ve always found my friend’s enthusiasm for fishing contagious, his willingness to help others admirable. Since I’d worked with him in prior years on the principles of casting, I thought perhaps the moment was right for a brief refresher.

Review: Redington STRIKE fly rod

Redington's new Euro-nymphing specialist strikes a chord
Photo: Chad Shmukler

I like nice things. Shiny, new, spangled things. Who doesn’t? Sometimes those nice things are expensive, sometimes they’re not. But my favorite shiny new things are those that allow me to spend less and get more. The Redington STRIKE Euro-nymphing rod, one of the newest addition to the Redington lineup, is a perfect example of how to do just that.