Sea Trials: Part 1

One of the best parts of buying a new boat is the series of sea trials that accompany the purchase.  The sea trial, also known as a shakedown cruise, is a way to test the boat to make sure that you know if you’re buying the one best suited to your needs.
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Photos: Mother-Son Bonding on a Utah Trout Stream

Written by: Spencer Higa, Falcon’s Ledge

Amy tested the waters first, catching her inaugural trout on a fly. Photos courtesy Falcon's Ledge
The photo above shows Amy's first fish on a fly rod, which she caught on a recent trip in Utah. Her son followed suit and caught his first fish on a fly rod, too. This mother-son duo has just found. . .

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Tuesday Tips: How to Be a Good Client for Your Guide

Listen, pay attention, be honest about your skills, and smile. . .the goal is to have a good time, right? Photo courtesy Linehan Outfitting
For some anglers, fishing with a guide can cause a little bit of anxiety. No one wants to make a stupid mistake or say something ridiculous in front of a guide because no one wants to be. . .

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Fish Facts: Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Known for their brilliant red spawning colors, sockeyes are also great fighters when hooked. Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography
Although a trophy shot of an angler holding a bright-red sockeye salmon is impressive, the species is not usually considered one of the “glamour” game fish in Alaska and western. . .

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Photos: The Mouse and the Big Maine Brook Trout


Sandy and his daughter, Ava, share in the excitement of a big, wild, mouse-eating brook trout.
Photos by Sandy Hays
My friend Sandy Hays—whom I've known since high school and who has photographed many of my international fishing adventures—has a great love of mouse patterns, and he brings them along, . . .

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Photo: A Rainbow with Exotic Tastes

Written by: Wayne Thurber, Dos Amigos Anglers

This rainbow enjoys a dangerous diet. Can you believe it still ate a damselfly? Photo by Wayne Thurber
On a recent fly-fishing trip, our client Doug caught this interesting rainbow. When I netted the fish, he reached into the mouth of the trout to remove the blue damselfly pattern. The first attempt was. . .

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