Kurt Kopala’s a Tight Loop Spring 2014 edition (on his hand-coded, custom software platform no less) and features a nice piece from George Batcha – Healing Those Who Serve. Batcha takes an in-depth look at the good work done by a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing chapter (Milwaukee), sharing some detailed insights and how serving as a volunteer has impacted him personally. Well done.

(Cover image is link)


fly fishing collaborative from Ian Pratt on Vimeo.

Good stuff here – check ‘em out at Fly Fishing Collaborative.



Getting it done in Wild Sheep Rapid, Hell’s Canyon, Snake River. Via those cool-as-a-cucumber boaters at Wooden Boat People.



While we’re pretty sure you’d rather be fishing this weekend, some of you (us) are going to be entertaining over the Easter holiday weekend.

It’s not too late to spice up your Easter dinner with this southwestern-inspired take on grilled leg of lamb; put this baby on to marinade tonight or tomorrow morning and you’ll be a certified hero come Sunday afternoon…

My crew has been big fans of grilled lamb for years, though this is the recipe they keep asking for when one of us gets the hankering for lamb on the grill.

I’m not sure where we were in Austin a few years ago when we first had this – it was probably at some event of Chef Libby’s. And though we’ve tinkered around the edges a bit with the recipe, this is pretty danged close to the recipe she scrawled for me on the back of a receipt back in 2010.

It’s worth tracking down the fresh oregano (a bit early for the herb gardens to be ready) and the ancho chile powder (check the hispanic food aisle for the packages of imported spices and chile powders – typically a much more economical buy). And don’t skimp on the garlic – Libby’s recipe called for 14-16 cloves – the garlic has a critical but not overwhelming impact on the final flavor. Finally, consider letting it marinate for a couple of days – the flavor just gets better.

1 cup white wine
1/3 cup good olive oil
6 tbsp. fresh oregano
2 green onions
10 garlic cloves, peeled
3 tbsp. ancho chile powder
3 tbsp. good blended chili powder
4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 and 1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
1 generous tbsp. fresh ground black pepper
1- 4 to 5 lb. leg of lamb, trimmed and ‘butterflied’

Marinade magic. Combine everything but the lamb in your trusty blender and blend well; add more wine if too thick. Slather the leg of lamb in the marinade, rubbing it into the nooks and crannies; place the leg of lamb (covered in all of the marinade) in the fridge overnight. Turn it once before you go to bed and again in the morning.

Grill time. Fire the grill, you’ll need a fire with some staying power – we like this over oak and natural hardwood charcoal. Gently shake excess marinade from the lamb (but don’t shake it all off) and let it rumble along for 15-18 minutes per side. It’s medium rare at 130 though you’ll want this big piece of meat to rest for 15 minutes or so.

Serve. Slice thinly against the grain and pour some of those incredible pan juices that oozed out while it was resting over the meat. (Wow.)



Oh my God! Very bad fly fishing by Peter in New Zealand from Kokkaffe Media on Vimeo.


Overnight fishing trips, campfires, and drinking too much go hand in hand together.  I doubt there can be many reading this who haven’t imbibed a little too much once or twice, sitting around a campfire tellings stories and having a good time.  Listening to that fire crackle and pop just seems to bring about a natural thirst that should be quenched.  Shane and I had one such trip last summer after carp.  The fire burned until the wee hours, and we eventually polished off a fair amount of PBR, two half empty bottles of rum, and a mason jar of Everclear moonshine.


The damage was done, and the next morning found us both praying for a quick and merciful death.  Word of the wise: make sure to bring plenty of water on trips like that.

No fish were caught during that trip, in fact hardly any fishing was done, but I’ll always remember it as a great fishing trip.  What’s your favorite fishing trip drinking story?

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Estrada Art Presents – Due South: Somewhere in the Keys… from Estrada Art & Apparel on Vimeo.


BiTWPLWAIs Montana’s river and stream access law the ‘Best in the West’? We sure as hell think so, though we’re just a group of moronic trout guys according to some of our new neighbors here on the left coast.

Access to public waters and lands, though particularly public waters, has been a passion of ours for years. We’ve been very fortunate to participate in some of the more recent tussles over access in Montana, though we’re mental midgets compared to the folks doing the heavy lifting for access over the years – organizations like the Public Land/Water Access Association, FOAM and TU to name a few of many.

Brent Zundel, writing for the PLWA, has recently (March 2014) penned what has to be the authoritative history on stream access issues in Montana (click the cover image above for link) – it’s a great read for those interested in the subject and should encourage those battling in other states (Utah for instance).

The PLWA is hosting their Annual Membership Meeting in Bozeman (Holiday Inn Express West) on the 26th at 9 followed by a 1:30 Stream Access Celebration at Missouri Headwaters State Park just down the road in Three Forks. The PLWA has been a long-standing, straight-shooting, roll up the sleeves and get it done (with some legal horsepower) group fighting for access for many years; if you’re not a supporter – you probably should be.

Challenges to stream access are going to keep pouring in over the transom; we’d urge every fisher out there to get informed and get involved - today.


Slater’s Tugboat from DeltaTroutForce on Vimeo.


It’s tax day, and it’s Tuesday.  Both of which are just a little depressing.  So here’s a fishing picture to cheer you up.



Purely Pacific Northwest from John Eklund on Vimeo.



From Yellowstone’s news feed yesterday -

Yellowstone is known as a prime destination for anglers. However, protecting and preserving the park’s world class trout fisheries is an ever increasing challenge.

Park staff members will travel to nearby communities in the coming weeks to talk with anglers about the ongoing efforts to restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species and recent changes to fishing regulations.

In addition to the general public, local fly shop employees and fishing guides are encouraged to attend one of the following outreach meetings:

  • Mon., April 28 in West Yellowstone, Mont. at the Holiday Inn, 315 Yellowstone Ave.
  • Tues., April 29 in Jackson, Wyo. at the Wort Hotel, 50 N. Glenwood St.
  • ?Wed., April 30 in Cody, Wyo. at the Holiday Inn, 1701 Sheridan Ave.
  • Mon., May 5 in Bozeman, Mont. at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn, 1325 N 7th Ave.
  • ?Tues., May 6 in Livingston, Mont. at the Best Western Yellowstone Inn, 1515 W Park St.
  • ?Wed., May 7 in Billings, Mont. at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana Billings, 5500 Midland Rd.

The meetings will begin with a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session and discussion.

Dammit, I’d love to be a fly on the wall at the Jackson meeting in a few weeks. Kudos to the Park’s fisheries team for scheduling a talking tour to interact with the public on what’s become a hot button topic back home.

More to come.




by Mark McGlothlin on April 15, 2014

in Fish Stories

FLASHBACK from Fly Fishing Culture on Vimeo.



While it’s just one guy’s opinion that nobody asked for, I’d argue that the gang at Southern Culture on the Fly is very probably putting out the best digital flip mag in fly fishing right now (at least in North America).

Consistently offering top notch photography, compelling reads and creative vids all done from North Carolina, a fair piece from what lots of folks define as fly fishing’s Golden Triangle (which varies from the large version here to a slightly more myopic rendering we’ve heard described encompassing the territory from the southeastern corner of YNP to Last Chance to maybe as far north as Helena…).

In a (North American) fly fishing culture that’s producing an impressive load of fly fishing media that’s very good and yet sometimes numbingly repetitive, SCOF’s redfish, musky and southern focused content is a breath of fresh air. Different can be good, sometimes very good.

Fly fishing with a side of grits? Hot damn.

[This is an unsolicited and very much unpaid post; if any of the SCOF guys ever read Chi Wulff, we're open for compensation, preferably in the form of flies or food.]

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Chi Wulff is now on Instagram (chi_wulff) along with several other members of the Chi Wulff gang including Jake (dryflyjake), Shane (shane_rickert) and Jess (firegirl_jess). If I had paid attention and seen how much fun it is we’d have been there sooner.