Southwest Fly Fishing

Little Walker Lake, CA

By Don Vachini

Grandson, Domenic, and I glimpsed our hike-in destination from the trail atop Sawmill Ridge. On this early-June morning, we’d shouldered daypacks and were following a primitive Inyo National...

Posted by Ann Sweeney — August 18, 2016

Trip of a Lifetime

By Mark B. Hatter

Fly fishing has been my lifelong passion, and I’ve tried for nearly four decades to inspire some modicum of that passion in my wife, Vicky. She’s fished with me over the years, but generally as...

Posted by Ann Sweeney — August 18, 2016

Carp Candy

By Jon Luke

The frustrating rejection a trout or bass can dish out when the feeding stops or a cold front moves in usually forces anglers to tear through their fly boxes in search of that magic fly. Carp can be just as...

Posted by Glen Martin — April 21, 2016

Middle Fork of the South Platte River, CO

By Ken Proper

“I always keep an eye out for arrowheads,” Jackson Streit said as we walked a hillside adjacent to the meandering Middle Fork. Like a gem hidden in...

Posted by Glen Martin — April 21, 2016

Chubby Muffin Sculpin

By Nick Granato

Over my 20 years of fly tying, I can’t even count how many times I’ve been told, “Great tie, but I think it should be sparser,” or “Maybe tie it a little less bulky.” I mulled over many such suggestions...

Posted by Glen Martin — February 19, 2016

Dixon Lake, CA

By Bob Gaines

Located 40 miles north of San Diego, 70-acre Dixon Lake is the centerpiece of a beautiful city park nestled in the rolling, oak-covered hills on the outskirts of Escondido. The first thing you’ll notice...

Posted by Glen Martin — February 19, 2016

Rio Chama, NM

By Toner Mitchell

In two key respects, fishing the Rio Chama at Abiquiu, New Mexico, is like hunting steelhead. First, your chance of finding what you came for, at least in terms of getting a fish on the line, is often...

Posted by Glen Martin — December 22, 2015

Scuds: Breakfast of Champions

By Don Roberts

You can buy a packet of three dozen or more live Gammarus specimens (aka scuds) on eBay for $15, with free shipping. Of course, a quick search online will reveal other sources: aquarium enthusiasts...

Posted by Glen Martin — December 22, 2015

Lake Henshaw, CA

By Bob Gaines

San Diego County lakes are best known for bass fishing. Ten of the top 25 largest bass of all time have been caught here. Lake Henshaw, located near the town of Santa Ysabel, at the foot of...

Posted by Glen Martin — October 28, 2015

Crystal River, CO

By Ken Proper

The trail started at a Carbondale residential crosswalk, slipped between two houses, down a long wooden stairway, and we were on the Crystal River. A trash can, apparently ravaged by a...

Posted by Glen Martin — October 28, 2015