The River Is Full Of Want

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By Louis Cahill "I DON'T DESERVE THAT FISH. I DON'T DESERVE THIS DAY ON THIS BEAUTIFUL RIVER. I DON'T DESERVE TO FISH WITH THESE GOOD MEN." I wade out into the rushing water of the Dean, farther than I should. The cold of the water grabs me...

The Cajun Spey Waltz

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Snow is blowing in around the corners of my glasses and forty degree water is slowly making its way into my waders. I haven't seen the sun for several days and the river is full of chrome bright steelhead. It doesn't feel much like Louisiana. Never...

How hard is your guide working for you?

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A GOOD GUIDE WILL DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO PUT THEIR CLIENT ON FISH, BUT DAMN! Jeff Hickman ran into a little problem while guiding Nate DeVol on the Deschutes River in Oregon. Jeff put Nate on a sweet run where he'd been finding steelhead. A...

River Of Dreams

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By Louis Cahill I DREAM OF WAKING IN A FOREST. Or where a forest had been, now sooty black. Smoke swirls, orange eyes peer from hunks of coal. Charred trees accuse the sky. White ashes whirl in the air, angels lifted to heaven. I've slept through some...

Dreaming of Steelhead

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Not epic, fish hoisting, hero shoting, steelhead fishing but, ass backwards, pointless, penitent steelhead fishing. Swinging tiny flies on floating lines in the turbid, chocolate waters of spring run off (and this is my favorite part) in Colorado's Black Canyon. If you're not a steelheader,...