Daily Drake

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.”

As anglers, we have all discussed it and most of us have even witnessed it in real life. You run into someone on the river whose top goal is increasing followers on their social media of choice by targeting that one “photo” fish, sometimes with photographer and/or videographer in tow. Days or weeks later, you see that angler, with “that fish” from “that day” all over the internet and maybe gracing the pages of some of your favorite brands, or even worse—the cover of your favorite “fish porn” magazine.

With warmer days ahead, Howler Bros is now accepting applications for its ultimate summer job. That's right, instead of pouring frapps for sassy soccer dads or polishing balls for crusty country clubbers, hit the open asphalt as a Howler Privateer, traveling coast to coast in a custom van (#vanlife), while flyfishing, swimming, surfing, and hanging out with friends. Oh, and working. 

Each year in May, The River’s Edge and Simms Fishing Products host a women’s flyfishing event in Bozeman, MT—Chica de Mayo. The gathering has evolved into the largest women’s flyfishing event in Montana, the United States, and well, probably in the world. This year's event celebrates women in flyfishing and offers educational clinics, phenomenal female speakers, prizes, a cocktail party, and much more. It also marks the 10th Annual Chica de Mayo—a labor of love and a true milestone to celebrate.

The worst dates I’ve ever been on have all been with my husband, but last year he really outdid himself.

It began one day after work, when he announced that his schedule had finally allowed him to attend the Fly Fishing Film Tour. He told me we’d get a nice hotel, go to dinner, and watch artsy movies about angling. It would be a romantic and memorable way, he continued, to celebrate our first night away from our newborn kiddo.

Cheeky's 7th annual Schoolie Tournament starts on May 19, in Cape Cod, MA. With more than 400 registered striper fiends, the catch-and-release event has evolved into one of the largest of its kind in the country. And as part of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association's (AFFTA) sponsorship deal, the organization is donating $1 for every 5-inches of striper landed and let go (up to $1,500) to Stripers Forever. Cheeky plans to match the donation dollar-for dollar.

Midwest summers—despite what you may have seen in Ozark—are all about working streamers and popping surface patterns for oversized bronzebacks and ornery musky and pike. Third Year Fly Fisher's new teaser for "Summer Haze" captures the essence of both the region and the season. Shooting is scheduled to continue through 2018. Stay tuned for more. 

This past June I found myself walking the high-desert banks of Oregon's Deschutes River, searching for rising, thick-bodied redside trout.

After a flurry of mid-day salmonfly activity, we grabbed a streamside bite washed down with local craft brews and settled in for the much-anticipated evening rise. We'd enjoyed relative solitude most of the day but as the sun began descending we couldn't help but notice the rising dust cloud from trucks making their way toward our little piece of paradise.