The beauty of SaraBella goes beyond pretty colors

BEFORE APRIL ARCHER cofounded Denver-based SaraBella Fishing—makers of women-specific fly rods—she’d already noticed an influx of female flyfishers to the sport. But as an angler herself, fishing since she was a toddler and flyfishing for the past 16 years, she also recognized that there was a distinct lack of women-specific gear.

Rio Fly Lines How to Perfect Your Forward Cast
Rio Fly Lines How to Perfect Your Forward Cast

Even if you've been flyfishing for many years, it's good to occasionally go back and re-visit the basics--both for our own imperfect casting, and for your ability to articulate it to friends who may be asking for advice. If videos like this were available 20 or 30 years ago, maybe many of us would never have picked up our bad habits to begin with.

Musky Fishing Lucky Porter The DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast
Musky Fishing Lucky Porter The DrakeCast Flyfishing Podcast

A few weeks ago I found myself in a boat with fishing guide Stephen Wisner. Before we even shoved off, he reached into the cooler and sternly told me, "These fish are the working man's trophy; this is the fish that your grandpa fished for. There's no fancy-pants beer allowed while fishing for these fish. Hamm's is a high percentage beer. If the bottle has some sort of thing that talks about the hop rating, save that for trout fishing." At nine in the morning, Steve took a sip and announced that it was time to go musky fishing. 

Texas Trout Streamer Guadalupe River
Texas Trout Streamer Guadalupe River

Texans tend to claim that things are bigger in the Lone Star State. That claim seems to hold true when it comes to trout. Starting in November of each year, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department begin dumping some 300,000+ rainbow trout into waters around the state as part of their annual Winter Trout Stocking Program. Most of these fish range between seven and twelve inches, but this year, the Guadalupe River is receiving some true trophy fish.

Did you know that a bonefish's chance of living to inhale another Borski slider or EP shrimp decreases by as much as sixfold when it's been overly fondled or gill-fingered by an angler? True story, says the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which hopes to increase fish survival odds with its latest series of Bahamas-based educational vids. Join BTT Initiative Manager Justin Lewis, here on the flats of Grand-Bahama, as he demonstrates some textbook tips for better bonefish handling.

A public-lands debate at your doorstep

IN THE SPRING OF 1996, President Bill Clinton created the 1.8-million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, encircling a swath of twisted canyon country in southern Utah. Using the Antiquities Act, he sidestepped Congress—as 16 presidents have done, creating 157 national monuments—and delivered the proclamation in a ceremony on the rim of the Grand Canyon.