Be Prepared For Colorado’s Black Canyon

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Colorado's Black Canyon doesn't play. My buddy John is getting even more fidgety than usual. He's whipped himself into a froth as I go over the pack-list. Sleeping bag, pad, headlamp, tecnu..." "Water?", he asked. "No, I told you, filter bottle." "Cliff Bars, peanut butter, whisky..."...



A Goodbye To Winter

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By Johnny Spillane GOD DAMN ITS COLD. I have been standing in 38 degree water for almost 4 hours, the temperature is 15 degrees and the wind-chill is brutal. My fingers stopped working a while ago; the upper legs on my waders are frozen solid and...



Patagonia’s Endless Summer

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It turns out there is a cure for winter. The sky is blue. The sun is warm. Red stone cliffs rise above deep green water. Rolling hills covered in sage brush, or what looks like sage brush, roll uninterrupted as far as the eye can see....



In Defense of Trout, Where I Belong

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YOU HEAR IT IN THE WAY THE FLATS GUYS SAY "TROUT SET," and in the way steelheaders say, "I don't fish for trout." I've heard carp guys call them "trash fish." Bass guys just call them, "bait." In some circles it borders on contempt. Where did this...



Spotting Big Trout in all the Wrong Places

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ONE OF MY HOME WATERS THAT I SPEND 500 PLUS HOURS A YEAR GUIDING ON IS NOTORIOUS FOR BIG FISH HOLDING IN WATER THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD CONSIDER HORRIBLE TROUT WATER. I'm talking about water that is less than a foot deep that even veteran anglers...