Chasing Pike in the Yukon Territory Yukon

Chasing pike in the Yukon Territory

Dan caught the only inconnu. Let's get that out of the way. "Dan" is Dan Armstrong, a well-traveled, Bozeman-based photographer who occasionally gets invited on spectacular fishing trips with the tacit understanding that his job is to record the heroics of the writer and keep his hands off the rod. But it was our last day in the Yukon and we had yet to try for inconnu—AKA sheefish, AKA "connie," AKA an overgrown whitefish that has somehow managed to parlay rareness and mediocre fighting ability into a Sasquatch-like mystique and the hyperbolic nickname: "tarpon of the north."

Meeting in the Thin Space

An artists' gathering at Blackfly Lodge

FROM THE SICKLE'S CURVE of Great Abaco Island's eastern shore, the next piece of solid ground for 3,500 miles is the African continent. Between those shores lies ample room for inspiration. This is perhaps why noted American sporting artist Vaughn Cochran called a summit. "Years ago, when I managed fishing lodges, I had this idea to invite artists to gather and do a symposium," Cochran said. "I thought to myself, 'If I ever own a lodge, I'm going to do this.'"

This week, Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC) will shift back into courtroom mode, once again arguing for a favorable conclusion to the longstanding legal wranglings over constitutionally-bound public fishing access rights in the Beehive State.

Troutfitters Truck

Google Maps had led me astray. I had typed in “flyshop” but found myself in a strip mall parking lot. Before I could reroute myself I caught a glimpse of a 1976 Ford Custom Ranger truck covered in trouty spots. Maybe I was in the right place. Sure enough, a hand-painted sign informed me that I had made it to Bozeman’s Montana Troutfitters.

The Henry’s Fork Foundation was formed in 1983 by a group of visionaries who knew good fishing when they saw it and then decided to swaddle it from future threats. Today, this section of the eastern Idaho’s upper Snake courses through mostly private land, but in part thanks to the HFF, working with landowners, agencies, irrigators, and other partners to improve and maintain river health and access, the watershed remains a trouty utopia—now stirring with stoneflies (just winding down) and green drakes (next in line).