5 reasons small stream trout are kickass

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fighting the fight small-stream-rainbow-trout-fly-fishing
  1. They fight hard, especially on light gear. Think 2-3 wt fly rods, and ultralight spinning rods for the non-fly fishing inclined.
  2. They are wild, and more often than not they are native fish to the area that truly display the pure natural fight and beauty of the area like only they can. In this day and age, we don’t always have the opportunity to fish for and catch truly native fish.
  3. They are super aggressive and take dry flies with reckless abandon. Get it in the ballpark, and often times they’ll eat. Bushy terrestrials and attractor patterns are the name of the game.
  4. They live in awesome areas. There’s not much better than wet wading small streams in the summer.
  5. Fishing for them is simple. It doesn’t require complex rigging, fancy flies, extensive amounts of gear or anything. We love fishing for steelhead, the thrill of that big pull, but sometimes catching a sh*t ton of small stream trout can easily satisfy the cravings for fish catching that we all get from time-to-time.
Marmot polar bear substitute
Mr. Marmot, aka polar bear substitute.
Another reason that didn’t quite make the list is that if you’re fishing alpine streams, you might get the chance to see wildlife that’s a lot different that what we’re used to down in the valley’s and lowlands. Take the furry bag of fly tying materials pictured here. Look like a good polar bear substitute to anyone else?
Why do you like small stream trout?  Leave a comment and let us know.

Faceless flyfishing Plan B trailer

This is one of those videos that we just plain like. A lot.  The music matches the clips perfectly, and the editing is great. For an upcoming media company, Faceless is doing it right.


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Rock the DRYFT boat tee

DRYFT boat t-shirt

Shootin’ some pool with good friends. Rocking the DRYFT boat tee.

DRYFT boat t-shirt

Forage fish are the cornerstone of our oceans food ecosystem

So what drives the ocean ecosystem and let’s salmon thrive and return in large numbers to support sport and commercial fishing? Forage fish of course play an important part in feeding salmon, but only if forage fish are available in adequate numbers. Forage fish are in danger from over harvest for use as bait, feed for fish farming operations (some reports say it takes 3 pounds of forage fish to grow one pound of farmed salmon), fertilizer, and more.

Read more about the problem and proposed solutions from the Seattle Times:


Canadian Fisheries Act Needs to be Strengthened Not Gutted via Osprey News

It might seem crazy and backwards to think that a government is seriously considering rolling back environmental protections on fisheries and habitat, but that’s exactly what is being discussed in Canada. Osprey Steelhead News brings the issue to us here, and gives links to more information.

Link to Osprey Steelhead News