Angling Art: Gorgeous New Works by Galen Mercer


Written by: Phil Monahan

“Setting A Drop, Gaspé,” Oil on Canvas, 18″ X 24″, 2017
All paintings by Galen Mercer

Artist Galen Mercer lives along the Battenkill in West Arlington, Vermont. Canadian by birth, he’s the grandson of two painters and the son of another, so it’s kind of in his blood. Here are five of his . . .

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Podcast: The Role of Sage Grouse in Conservation Efforts


Written by: Phil Monahan

Ed Arnett explains the importance of the sage grouse to our concept of the West.
Photos via facebook and trcp.org

In his latest podcast, Reid spends some time with Ed Arnett, Senior Scientist for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. Ed and Reid discuss the role sage grouse play in the . . .

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Photos: Discovering Utah Through the Cutthroat Slam

Written by: Aaron Smith


The Colorado River cutthroat trout is one of the four subspieces that make up the Utah Slam.
Photos by Aaron Smith

I first heard about the Utah Cutthroat Slam—which requires anglers to catch all four of Utah’s native cutthroat trout subspecies in their historic range—just days after it had been introduced. The . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: Tandem Streamer Rigs for Fall Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Big brown trout like big flies, especially in the fall.
Photo by Shawn Combs

When the nights start to cool and leaves start to change colors, the thoughts of brown trout turn to procreation. To build up energy for the spawning ritual and to put on weight before the lean . . .

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Big and Meaty: Tommy Lynch’s Drunk and Disorderly Streamer

Written by: Tommy Lynch, The Fish Whisperer


Guide Tommy Lynch shows off a beast of a brown trout that fell for his D&D pattern.
Photo courtesy Tommy Lynch

When I was a kid, I always caught my biggest trout of the year on Rapala lures, which do such a great job mimicking baitfish. In many ways, when I am fishing and tying streamers, I am trying to recreate the attractive swimming motion of those lures, giving. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Catch the Last of a Hatch by “Scumlining”


Written by: Phil Monahan

That black circle at the tip of the arrow is a trout feeding on cripples and spent flies.

When the hatch is over and you’re no longer seeing bugs on the water, one way to prolong dry-fly fishing is to find those places where crippled and spent insects collect. As they say, “foam is. . .

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