Update: New Zealand Mud Snails

New Zealand mud snails are here to stay, and they are spreading. That's the bottom line from scientists and conservationists who monitor these tiny invasive organisms. First observed on Idaho's Snake River in 1987, the mud snails are now established in many of the West's best trout rivers--including

The Trout Bum Diaries

Every now and then a movie comes along that captures the imagination of a generation: Easy Rider, Top Gun, and Pulp Fiction, among other greats. Now add to that list Angling Exploration Group's debut film The Trout Bum Diaries, Volume I: Patagonia. A contemporary take on the fishing film by guys in their

Ted Williams' Conservation Blog

As if FR&R conservation editor Ted Williams didn't have enough outlets through which to speak his mind, we've recently given him another--a Web log. The Ted Williams Conservation Connection ( www.flyrodreel.com/tedwilliams ) went live in January, and it's the place to go for conservation news and a heavy

FR&R Readers' Choice Award

FR&R Readers' Choice Award Do you have a pair of waders that kept you high and unfailingly dry even after a hard year of busting brush and crawling along streambanks on your knees? What about that amazing reel that refused to melt during a speed-of-sound run by an 180-pound tarpon? Maybe a rod that left

Cast from the Past

Meadow streams aren't impossible, but they do present a challenge that should not be taken lightly, but accepted with the knowledge that within such tranquil habitats may lie frustrations. These frustrations will be your undoing if you get caught up in the drowsy mood such settings inspire. --John D.

André Puyans Memorial Fund

Fly-fishing lost one of its greatest teachers and advocates with the passing of André Puyans in October, 2005 [see Short Casts January/February 2006]. To commemorate André's life and work, his friend Rene Harrop has organized an effort to raise money for a memorial in honor of André

Getting to Know Didymo

Didymosphenia geminata is a microscopic alga currently causing headaches for biologists and anglers in two hemispheres. Often called "rock snot" for its slimy appearance and gooey consistency, didymo is an emerging problem that could have bad effects on trout rivers in both North America and New Zealand.

Did You Know?

Remember the part in A River Runs Through It when Paul (Brad Pitt) and Norman (Craig Sheffer) took their dates to that speakeasy? Paul and his Native American girlfriend caused a scene on the dance floor and drew the ire of the crowd. In particular, their actions received an Oscar-worthy glare from a

Ernest Schwiebert

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(1931-2005)