Take The Right Fish

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AS I'VE SAID PLENTY OF TIMES I'M A DEDICATED CATCH AND RELEASE ANGLER. THAT SAID, I RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S A PERSONAL CHOICE THAT I HAVE COME TO IN MY OWN TIME. There are a lot of good ethical anglers out there who keep a fish once...



Don’t Tread on my Redd

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THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN TROUT, AS WELL AS OTHER COLD WATER FISH, PUT ON THEIR BARRY WHITE RECORDS, OPEN A BOTTLE OF COURVOISIER AND GET BUSY. Brown trout and brook trout spawn in the fall and rainbow and cutthroats in the spring. Exact...



You Can’t Go Home

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William S. Burroughs, in his essay "Dinosaurs" wrote, "biologically speaking the one direction you can't go is back". He was, of course, making a social comment but I was reminded of that idea while fishing the other day with a good friend. Joel Dickey was up...



Trout Deformities

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I SPOTTED THIS LITTLE GUY IN A HATCHERY SUPPORTED STREAM IN NORTH CAROLINA AND FISHED TO HIM UNTIL I CAUGHT HIM SO I COULD GET A PHOTO. While not common exactly, deformities like this are not unusual in either hatcheries or in the wild but you...



The Toughest Water in Wyoming

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"HOW WAS YOUR DAY?" ASKED THE GUY AT THE FLY SHOP COUNTER. "WELL," I ANSWERED, "I FISHED THE TOUGHEST WATER IN WYOMING." Everyone rolled their eyes. This was exactly the response I expected. Working at a fly shop in Jackson hole, I imagine, you get to listen...