Spring 2018 issue cover

Put some Spring in your step
Spring '18.

Wisconsin smallies, Montana cutties, Bolivian dorado, Idaho damselflies, Massachusetts stripers, Alaska steelhead, permit while pregnant, Maine's Androscoggin, Darcy Bacha's photography, Clyde hits the Gulf, Telluride festivarian, dirtbagging in Dublin, grave-hunting in New York, flyfishing with cats, and a portrait of Pete Soverel…

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Skykomish River hydropower project nuked

Last year the South Fork of the Skykomish River joined the ranks of the down-and-out on American Rivers’ 10 most endangered rivers list. The reason: Snohomish County PUD had proposed to build a dubious run-of-the-river hydropower project at Sunset Falls that would have diverted a 1.1 mile section of water, through a tunnel and powerhouse.

Experience some of the best fly-out fishing in Alaska for a hundred bucks, and support a good cause while you're at it. Oregon's Native Fish Society is now selling raffle tickets for a trip to Rapids Camp Lodge. It will draw one lucky winner (who gets to bring one stoked friend) on May 15.

Rebounding runs on Washington's Skagit River prompt this month’s reopening

Puget Sound anglers who’ve been logging long miles to get their steelheading fix now have a much closer-to-home option on the Skagit and Sauk rivers, beginning tomorrow.

Montana’s Madison River saw a swarm of more than 179,000 angler days in 2017. During the height of salmonfly season that traffic is condensed—like a resort parking lot the morning after a colossal dump on the slopes. Now Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is aiming to alleviate the stress, announcing this week that it’s taking the next steps in “addressing increasing concerns about crowding and social conflict on the river.”

The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast S. Carey Jeff Johnson
The DrakeCast Fly Fishing Podcast S. Carey Jeff Johnson

Way back in June of 2017 we released the first episode of The DrakeCast, which featured the musician Sean Carey. He told us about his living room tours across the country that were more or less an excuse for him to fish with his best friends. We take the first half of this episode to hear some of Sean's new music and his latest fishing adventures. In the second half of the episode we check in with Capt. Jeff Johnson of Rockport, Texas to hear how the people and fish of the Texas coast are faring after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey.

Dream Weber
Dream Weber

Utah's tailwater two-fer

Once upon a time, Utah's Green River below Flaming Gorge was the only tailwater in the state that anglers knew or cared about. Sure, the Green was, and is, one of the most famous in the country, but beyond that, or wading the Middle Provo if the snow sucked in Park City, the Beehive State just wasn't seen as much of a flyfishing destination. Utah was only for skiing, or roaming around national parks in the desert. But not anymore.