Monthly Archives: June 2012

First Annual Lake Henshaw Carp Throw Down a Success!

Written by: Phil Monahan

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John Hendrickson—flanked by Al Quattrocchi (left) and Conway Bowman—received an Orvis Helios 6-weight for catching the largest fish.

photo by Michelle Woo Bowman

Early this month, we posted about the first annual Lake Henshaw Carp on the Fly Warm Water Throw Down, which took place last Saturday on Lake Henshaw, northeast of San Diego.

Twenty-two anglers took part, in boating and wading divisions, and the competition was. . .


Photos: Mastiff Adopts an Abandoned Chimpanzee as Her Own

Written by: Phil Monahan

Mama mastiff with her adopted baby.

photo courtesy

An amazing series of pictures on shows yet another example in which a dog has shown a boundless capacity for love, one that extends beyond her own species:

Two years ago in a Russian zoo a female chimpanzee abandoned her baby. When one of the. . .


An Urgent Call to Help Save Wild Tigers

Written by: Phil Monahan

Tiger numbers are dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching.

photo via

Around the world, tiger numbers are at an all-time low—dropping from 100,000 to as few as 3,200 over the last century. Demand for tiger parts in some Asian countries is resulting in poaching and trade that will empty forests of. . .


In Praise of Mr. Whitey

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Many a troutless day has been saved by the tug of the whitey.

photo courtesy Lone Mountain Ranch

[Editor’s Note: When I guided on the Yellowstone in the mid 1990s, I learned to value the mountain whitefish immensely. On those days when trout fishing was tough, I could always count on Mr. Whitey to jump on a size 10 Beadhead Prince Nymph if I needed to get a client on a fish. It seems that John McKinnie agrees with me.]

Who hasn’t heard the phrase “not another Whitefish,” uttered with sheer disappointment? All too often, you will hear this said by guides and anglers on rivers throughout southwestern Montana. For years, I have given my dad a hard time about his. . .


Video: How to Tie an Isonychia Emerger

Written by: Phil Monahan

Back in January, we featured a how-to video on tying an Isonychia nymph, and now the folks at Tightline Productions have followed it up with an emerger to match the same genus. Isonychia mayflies, often known as slate-wing or mahogany duns, are prevalent throughout the eastern half of the United States, and trout feed on duns and spinners throughout the mid- to late season. Even though Isonychia. . .


McKinney Diaries III: A Season of Firsts

Written by: Phil Monahan

Spring has brought a season of firsts. Being new to fly fishing, nearly everything I experience is a first. Jim LePage has been kind enough to take me fishing several times, and I’m sure he’s getting tired of hearing me say, “Well, that’s the first time I’ve ever. . . .” Of course, the phrase does not apply to snagging a tree or creating a gnarly knot in my leader from poor casting technique or. . .