Daily Archives: June 4, 2022

Iceland, Day Three: Here Comes the Sun . . . and the Fish

Iceland, Day Three: Here Comes the Sun . . . and the Fish

As I wrote yesterday, What a difference a day makes. After an appalling day of brutal weather and difficult fishing, we were greeted this morning by bright sunshine and very little wind. I headed out with guest Paul and Clint, guided by young Jacob, a Swede. At the second spot we tried, fish started rising furiously, and it wasn’t long before…

The Story of the Salmonfly Buffet

The Story of the Salmonfly Buffet

In the heart of the aquatic insect world, there are one species that stands out above the rest due to its massive size and intimidating appearance. Its full name is Pteronarcys californica, but as anglers, we simply refer to it as the Salmonfly. In the early Spring of 2020 Phil Tuttle, Chris Cutler, and I began planning a trip around…

New York DEC Responds to River Ownership Claims

New York DEC Responds to River Ownership Claims

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has made a formal reply to Beau Beasley’s article in Fly Fisherman Magazine about public access on the Delaware River. The DEC is conducting a review of case law to determine if the public has access to continue to use the Delaware River as it has for decades. You can read more about the…

Iceland, Day Two: Cold Lava

Iceland, Day Two: Cold Lava

The appalling weather was somewhat offset by the beauty of the fishing spots in the highlands of Iceland.Photo by Phil Monahan What a difference a day makes. The second morning of Orvis Week in Iceland with Fish Partner brought colder temperatures, driving rain, and howling wind. Every fly-fisher’s dream, am I right? But with the successes of the previous day still…

CalTrout’s Five Rivers Challenge – Moldy Chum

CalTrout’s Five Rivers Challenge – Moldy Chum

CalTrout’s Five Rivers Challenge (5RC) is an epic fishing challenge that benefits California Trout’s restoration and conservation work across the state. Anglers test their skills fishing the renowned wild trout waters of Northern California: the Pit, Fall, McCloud, Upper Sacramento rivers, and Hat Creek. Check out these clips from the 2020 event. For more info and to join the 2022…

Too Many Pinks in the Pacific

Too Many Pinks in the Pacific

Photo by Nathaniel Wilder There are three times more pink salmon in the ocean than there were about 50 years ago. Nearly three out of every four salmon in the North Pacific are pinks. Hatcheries are piling onto that bounty. Now evidence is mounting that the pink salmon, pumped by the billions into the North Pacific are upending marine ecosystems.…

Life in the Land: The Big Hole Valley

Life in the Land: The Big Hole Valley

The Big Hole Watershed is an expanse of mostly intact grasslands, sage steppe, and forested mountains that host a diversity of wildlife, from sage grouse to pronghorn, and waterways that are key fish habitat. A large portion of the Big Hole River runs through working rangelands, and the fly fishing on this river attracts people from all over the world,…