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Rio de los Pinos, CO/NM

Legends, Miracles, and Dry-Fly Nirvana

Most well-traveled fly fishers have heard of the world-class fisheries along the New Mexico/Colorado border.

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

By Will Jordan

In the decrepit old brown building that housed the park concessionaire’s Human Resources Department, I interviewed for an eight-dollar-an-hour job. It was a major departure from the...

Comanche Creek/Valle Vidal, NM

By Brian Maiorino

Comanche Creek is located in the northernmost part of the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest. The creek itself is only 10 miles from the Colorado state line, just a stone’s throw away if...

Gore Creek, CO

By Michael Salomone

Like a string of fine pearls accessorizing the famous Colorado ski town, Gore Creek flows gently through the Vail area and offers exceptional fishing in every season. Fed by small but important...

Hermosa Creek, CO

By Toner Mitchell

Since its birth, fly fishing has been touted as an effective, even necessary, antidote to the poisonously serious life. American obsessions—careers, children, outward appearances...

Weber River, UT

By Bryan Anglerson

Which Utah river starts in the Uinta Mountains, is full of trout (including some large browns in its middle and lower sections), runs through scenic mountain valleys, is impounded by two...

Duck Valley Indian Reservation, ID/NV

By Micah Lauer

Working along the edge of a reed line, a heavy trout greedily plucked hapless Callibaetis duns from the water’s surface. Each telltale swirl gave away...

North Fork Cache la Poudre River, CO

By Stephen Collector

Anglers tend to operate from the position that bigger is better. Big river equals big fish. Big flies equal big fish, etc. Bigger is better better is our national...

Lake Welsh/Lake Monticello, TX

By Lynn Burkhead

Standing there, with a bunch of empty fly line coiled across the surprisingly warm surface of the water, I could barely refrain from laughing On the one hand, there I was on the deck of Orvis-endorsed fly...

Sabine National Wildlife<br /> Refuge, LA

By Lefty Ray Chapa

“Whee-eeeeee.” I felt like that very happy pig in the TV commercial with its head out the car window and holding a pinwheel. My expression turned...