Every summer I migrate north for a week on Beaver Island for gigantic carp and brute smallmouth on the flats. If you have this freshwater flats experience on your "To Do" list then best make plans for it now.
Who would ever guess that there is a quality trout tailwater that gives up browns and rainbows over twenty inches on the regular in the middle of South Carolina? The Saluda River is a developing fishery that has quite a few surprises up her sleeve.
It's always fun to show a friend the Lowcountry even if the fishing is a little tougher than expected.
A few weeks ago I had the chance to spend the day with Greg Morgan, guide and friend, at Fern Valley On The Soque. Good times and many fish were had through the day.
Finn and I started out our year with an afternoon kayak session on the pond and found a few pickerel looking for a fly and lure.
This past year was a whirlwind of work, family, and a few really solid trips. This post reviews the year with photographs and links to all the trip posts that made this past year memorable.
The latest knit hat collaboration with Rep Your Water have arrived and are ready to ship.
This past August I spent a few days in Wyoming and Montana with the Fly Shop of the Bighorns and Rock Creek Anglers fishing some incredible water. Each day we went somewhere different and I saw parts of both states that I had never been to before but will certainly be making the trip back again.
The Tailgate Gear Review highlights of the gear pieces that made this trip work.
Last December photographer Robert Yaskovic and I spent a few days on the Pere Marquette largely not catching steelhead on the swing. Robert put a few of his favorite images from the trip together that are worth enjoying.
Christmas is coming soon and here's fifteen gift items that won't break the piggy bank.
The seasonal gear review "10 For Fall" went live today with a mash up of choice gear items for camp, river, marsh, and beyond.
A buddy came to visit a couple weeks ago and we took a ride down to Charleston for a day around town and on the water with Captain Scotty Davis of Lowcountry Fly Shop.
After summer trip to Beaver Island with Indigo Guide Service is in the books and here's seven pieces of fly fishing gear that made a difference.
Though I didn't land a permit on my trip this past summer to Blue Horizon Belize, guide Ransom Nunez did whatever he could to make the day a success.
I will never forget spending three days with Lincoln Westby, a.k.a. "The Permit Master", at Blue Horizon Belize. His forty something years standing on the back of the panga have taught him a lot about fly fishing for permit and I was doing whatever possible to listen and remember everything that he was saying.
Guide Scott Schroder of the Fly Shop of the Bighorns and I walked into a ranch property for a half day trip looking for hungry brown trout lunching on dry flies. We found a few that made the day.
Al Ritt and I experienced an unreal trico hatch on the Bighorn River with Guide Clark Smyth of Rock Creek Anglers and enjoyed a twenty mile float on the river to make the day.
Guide Justin Gerard of Rock Creek Anglers took me to a place that literally blew my mind. The trout rising to hoppers all day long was just a bonus.
The boys from the Fly Shop of the Bighorns showed me one of their local cutthroat haunts on the day I arrived in Wyoming this past summer.
Mike Rennie and I jumped in the boat with Captain Kevin Morlock and Mike ended up catching his first and second carp ever on this day around Beaver Island.
You just can't help but have a good time with photographer Alex Landeen and we made the most of it with Captain Kevin Morlock on Beaver Island.
One of my favorite trips of the year was the Friday afternoon that Jeff Scoggin walked me into the "secret" creek that he's been fishing since boyhood.
Jeremy Clark and I jumped in his Gheenoe for a Friday afternoon flood tide quickie down in Charleston.
Dave Grossman of Southern Culture On The Fly and I had a great time around Beaver Island with Captain Steve Martinez on a gray day with a mixed bag of carp, pike, and smallmouth.
Tim Daughton of Orvis and I spent our first day fishing on Beaver Island with Captain Kevin Morlock and had some great end of the day success.
Earlier this summer a nixed Lowcountry trip allowed me to jump in the boat with Guide Ben Moore on the Savannah River where we found some bruiser smallmouth to make the day.
Living just through the woods on a large pond can allow for some two a day warmwater trips in the kayak to start and end the day.