BIG HORN RIVER | FIELD ASSIGNMENT Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures
Fort Smith, Montana
After a quick turn around, I packed and re-packed and headed out to Fort Smith for a few days on a Yellow Dog Flyfishing assignment. The first stop was to The Big Horn River Lodge, a comfortable place with great food and a top-notch outfitter, Matt Clawson. Matt is seen below releasing a brown trout underwater. The second stop we visited the Big Horn Anglers. We fished with Steve and Pete. Pete can bee seen in the image below wrangling a brown trout. The Bighorn is not short of willing fish that love to eat top water bugs. I look forward to returning.
NORTHWEST FLY FISHING MAGAZINE | EDITORIAL Cayo Largo, Cuba
I’m very pleased to see this Cuban Jack in print. I visited Cuba on staff assignment for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures with Tom Melvin. He and I toured the country eating ham and cheese sandwiches and chasing down a plethora of fish. A trip we will both never forget.
This one time, in Cayo Largo, we were cruising on the edge of the flats when we spotted a mini-school of mini-GT’s hunting. They were headed right for us, there was no time to react. It was an easy choice for the dry fly anglers to quickly grab the dryfly/topwater rod with a Brent Dawson’s crease fly attached. Without hesitation a cast was fired off in the direction of the hunting fish and the fly began going to work, causing a ruckus and throwing water in every direction. Within about 2.9 seconds the largest fish accelerated towards the fly and crushed it with aggression. The fight was on and a battle it was. These fish are so powerful … will eat dry flies/topwater flies … a no-brainer.
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AMERICAN ANGLER MAGAZINE | EDITORIAL Bristol Bay, Alaska I’m always thrilled to see my images in print, no matter how big or how small or the location where its placed. Of course the cover shot is the most coveted and then on down the layout list it goes. Often time’s images accompany articles and tid-bits. I couldn’t be more happy to see this image tied in with an article that needs some much needed attention in the day and age of “grip and cringe” and targeting big spawners off their beds.
The fishing media is exploding, for better and for worse. It’s up to those who have the power to say something and do something to act with a voice and a backbone and help educate all anglers to the sport. Fly Fishing is a big hit amongst the hip outdoor crowd now, and although they are consciously eating at the lasted whole food stores in the city, they are unknowingly hurting the very thing they so called love and protect, nature. From hot spotting locations, to fishing when the temps are too hot, to raping big vulnerable spawning fish off their beds in hopes to drop the latest ‘gram, things are certainly changing, for the worse?
Bravo to both the author and the editors for running such a hot topic. I hope to see more articles like this in the future and I hope that those who enjoy nature become more educated in their actions…ignorance isn’t actually bliss. Head down to your local shop to get your copy today, or better yet, sign up for a yearly subscription.