IF THAT DOESN’T LIGHT YOUR FIRE . . .

I have this secret spot I love to fish nick-named, “The Mini-Madison,” where I have caught some nice fish over the years, mostly big brown trout, but also a few rainbows, cutthroat and cutbows.  One particular lie at the Mini-Madison regularly holds the biggest fish and I named it “the King Hole” over a decade ago. The…

POOR MAN’S BONEFISH

Most of my life I considered the common carp as a trash fish.  I figured the namer of this undesirable fish mixed up the “a” and the “r” rendering it “carp” instead of “crap.”  I remembered a time when my brother Scotty and I were fishing on the Bear River below our home near Preston, Idaho when…

Renegades, Root Beers & the Avett Brothers

Andy and I just finished our 4th annual Colorado fly fishing whirl-wind tour this past week. Traditionally the Arkansas River has a CFS around 1600 where we can wade the banks and throw big ugly bugs to voracious trout…but not the past two years. Colorado has had wet/cold spring causing delayed runoff. No despair…we Wayment…

QUALITY VS. QUANTITY?

What do anglers hope to take away from a day of fishing?  I think many anglers would say they want to catch a lot of big fish each time they go out, but the reality is that big fish are tougher to catch and you’re not going to catch as many.  How do you think…

“I DIDN’T DO IT FOR THE MONEY”

“Tommy, if you catch a fish on a dry fly this year, I’ll buy you something special like a new video game as long as it’s under $20.00,” I offered Tom, my eleven year old son, before we left for on our annual Memorial Day camping trip to Birch Creek. My goal was to get Tom…

ANDY’S ARTICLE “A PRESIDENTIAL PURSUIT” IN SPORTING CLASSIC’S DAILY

Greetings all!  I’m happy to report that my article, “A Presidential Pursuit” was published this morning in Sporting Classics Daily, which is Sporting Classics’ online magazine.  This article presents little known firsthand evidence that our first three United States Presidents, George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were, to some extent, bird hunters.  For those of you who are interested here…

A SHOTGUN, A BIRD DOG AND A FLY ROD

In New England Grouse Shooting, William Harnden Foster gave us the following unforgettable gem: “There is an old New England saying to the effect that if you give a man a shotgun, a bird dog and a violin, he won’t amount to a damn.” I’ve often chuckled about this. But then I’ve also come to realize…

BADGER TENKARA

In the last few years, it seems like just about everyone has jumped aboard the Tenkara bandwagon. Tenkara seems to be everywhere in social media Facebook, Instagram, and numerous blogs. Some may argue that this is just a fad that will pass. No doubt, fads come and go, but what do you say about something…

Pointing Dogs & Little Olives

Autumn was made for pointing dogs chasing birds of various kinds around the West for us Wayment boys. (Andy with his Crazy Misty) Of course there’s October baseball…but since the Rockies and the Indians are through…we day dream for the short-lived moments when we can be afield with smoothbores and bird dogs taking in the…

Paying it Forward (or Even an 11 Bravo can be Taught to Fly Fish)!

The week of Independence means a great deal to me.  We live in the greatest country on planet Earth, and our freedoms are worth any sacrifice in my opinion.  On July 3rd, I decided to drive down to my favorite spot on the Arkansas River.  I was a little hesitant that morning about going fishing cause…

Chubby Mormon Girl

My absence the past few months can be explained…I’ve been crazy about a river. Not just any river, but the Arkansas River near my Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. Most fisherman know of the Arkansas for it prolific Mother’s Day caddis hatch, but come run off time she goes largely ignored except for…