When you are in the middle of it, summer evening caddis hatches sort of seem like they will last forever. There is eternity-type feel to the whole enterprise. If things go poorly one evening–wind or rain put off the hatch or a bout of poor hook-setting dooms your pursuit–you can take comfort in the fact [...]
This may be my favorite photo of the year. Hat tip to the Trouthunter blog, which generally puts out high quality photos and text and is worth an RSS subscription, if you are into that sort of thing. Happy father’s day. indeed.
There are pockets of wild places here in the Lower 48—pockets of mountain peaks and backcountry lakes, deserts and wild rivers. In a big patch of central Idaho, there are no roads, just mountains and trees and boulders and sky. A map of the Wind Rivers Range shows a thousand blue specks of backcountry lakes. [...]
Found this guy crawling on the bank tonight. Get ready for a few hours of good fishing followed by several days of overweight trout refusing to get out of bed.
I am not sure how old I was when we bought it—or I should say when my dad bought it. You see I had dreams of being an artist. I was inspired (probably too generous a term) by graffiti artists, so dad sprung for an airbrush and a desk that I could paint on. I [...]
I sometimes find myself amazed at how Mother Nature can be so fragile and so resilient at the same time. Ecosystems are filled with more wheels and levers than we can imagine and when one of those spins a little wildly the whole thing is thrown off kilter. It’s enough to make me wonder how [...]
Yesterday I saw my first blue wing olives of the year. There were only a couple of flies and the fish that were up ignored the tiny sailboats and kept eating midges. Still, there is something about that first mayfly that signals a change. I never really think too much about the changing seasons. At [...]
Okay, it has been awhile since I postulated confusingly (at least in print, otherwise its a daily occurrence). Lately I have been thinking about winter nymph patterns, which makes sense in the middle of winter, I suppose. Mostly I have been thinking about these nymphs that are odd colors. You know what I am talking [...]
Its been awhile since this debuted, but I thought it was worth pointing to anyway. The New York Times recently published an incredible multimedia piece about a tragic avalanche in the Cascades that took the lives of several very experienced back country skiers. Its not fly fishing per se, but it offers a glimpse into what fly [...]
Another attempt at ancient smartphone photography. Enjoy.
Several months ago I wrote about anticipation, about how fly fishing is filled with moments of waiting and hoping for things to happen. Recently, I’ve been absent from Chi Wulff for a host of boring reasons, not the least of which is that I find myself worrying perhaps a bit too much about the goings [...]
We’ve written in the past about the documentary Low and Clear. A couple of years ago I was pretty excited just by the trailer. This week, when my pre-order DVD came in the mail, I finally got to see the whole thing. At its core, Low and Clear takes a look at why we fly [...]
Like anyone else, I fish tailwaters a fair bit. They often have great fishing and sometimes they have fantastic scenery to go with it. Freestones seem to be the other way around. Fantastic scenery is a given, while the fishing itself can be hit or miss. I took these two shots on a Wyoming freestone [...]