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Memorial Day: Count on snow

The weather will eventually cooperate
Casting to risers on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park (photo: Chad Shmukler).

If you’re like me, you’ve become attached at the hip to the weather app on your phone, particularly when it comes to your fishing.

It’s a love-hate thing, honestly. The 10-day extended forecast, whether I’d like to admit it or not, is usually spot on this time of year. Spring on the fringes of Yellowstone National Park could be aptly renamed “winter, part II.” There’s some suspense, of course, and, as the rivers in the park open to fishing the Saturday before Memorial Day, that day gets a lot of looks on the phone well ahead of the actual date.

It's time for an anti-grizzly stimulus bill

Congress needs to get its act together
Photo: Frank Vassen / cc2.0

Some years ago, during a trip to a wilderness fishing lodge, three friends and I were attacked by a grizzly bear. Believe it or not, I actually ended up running away from the bear in a pair of LL Bean slippers. While we all survived, it was way, way too close for comfort and I don’t think I’ll ever forget my reaction when I looked back over my shoulder and saw that massive grizzly racing after me. I was seconds away from being dragged down, mauled and killed, and all I could think of was the soon-to-be inscription on my tombstone:

Countdown

How to prepare for post-pandemic fishing
Photo: Todd Tanner

You love to fly fish. Which means that life is hard right now. And that’s especially true if you live someplace where you can’t get out on the water, or if you’re facing challenges you’ve never had to address in the past. So what can you do while you’re trying to stay safe and healthy? Here are a dozen suggestions that will help you get yourself ready for the all-clear signal, whether that happens in a week, a month or a year.

1 week only: Rent and watch the Fly Fishing Film Tour from your living room

F3T is partnering with Trout Unlimited to help raise money for conservation
Photo: Earl Harper

Warmer temperatures, sunshine and springtime mayfly hatches aren't the only thing that anglers begin to look forward to each year as the calendar turns and winter loosens its grip. This time of year is also when the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is usually in full swing, bringing some of the sport's best short films to small theaters, art and community centers, breweries, fly shops and so on throughout the country. But, with virtually the entire country under stay-at-home orders, a good chunk of this year's tour schedule has unfortunately been postponed.

Photo: Chad Shmukler

Last month, the CDC pulled an about-face on its masking guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the agency initially indicated that masks were not necessary for the general public, since March the CDC has been recommending that individuals that expect to be out in their community in situations where normal social distancing guidelines are difficult to maintain—think trips to the grocery store, pharmacy or post office—wear masks to help reduce the risks of transmitting the coronavirus.

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