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The Crown of the Continent

Who doesn't love a good road trip? I recently drove through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho en route to Glacier National Park in search of good times, unseen wild places and good friends. The trip provided breathtaking views and endless opportunities to fish, camp, run and hike. Glacier is named the Crown of the Continent for a reason and it was clear from the moment I arrived that this was going to be a trip I would remember for years to come. Summer is in full swing, the road is calling!

Sam Williamson - RYW Operations

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Fishing Camaraderie

A shared passion can build bonds between people that last, regardless of background, income or other cultural barrier. Fly fishing builds those relationships especially strongly because of the beautiful rivers, flats and wilderness where the sport takes us. In these special places away from much of the clutter and distraction of our modern lives, the scene is set to actually get to know someone. Throw in a couple of good fish and a couple of cold beers and you just may have a friend for years to come.

- Garrison Doctor - RepYourWater Co-Founder and Designer

Image ©Josh Duplechian

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Canadian Pike on the Fly

Chasing pike on the fly is by far one of the most exciting endeavors I have ever pursued. It is definitely not for everyone, from thousands of casts, to hours at the tying desk. Casting out a 10-12 in fly and watching one of these predators stalk and create a wake behind it... in that moment everything becomes worth it. I have been chasing pike in Colorado reservoirs for a few years now, but Canada kept calling my name. With glue still dried to my skin, and bucktail stuck to everything I own, I packed my bags and headed North.
    Seeing as you can't bring 5/0 hooks in carry on luggage, I prayed to the pike gods my flies would make the journey. As some of you have come to find out, pike flies are not something widely stocked in your local fly shop... I kind of dig it. Everything made it safe and sound, and my journey continued. The amount of water Canada has to offer is mind boggling, lakes and rivers that rarely see signs of human life, that hold giants. I had a week full of explosive takes, bloody hands, slime, and landing my largest fish on a fly rod. 
I'll never stop pursuing this incredible species, and doing whatever I can protect the waters they reside in.
Cheers - Justin Moore - RepYourWater Ally
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Tarpon Dreams

I recently had the chance to fulfill a lifetime dream of chasing Tarpon on the fly, but as is the case with most fishing trips booked months in advance, the weather and conditions were not what we were hoping for. With winds up, water clarity down and visibility of only a foot or so, dreams of casting to cruising strings of tarpon in clear water were dashed. But poling quietly through the back bays looking for laid up fish has an appeal all its own. We were fishing the slicked-out crescent of a beautiful back bay early on the morning of our last day, silent except for the songs of warblers in the mangroves and the occasional jumping mullet, when our guide Captain Drew Naeckel spotted two inches of a tarpon tail casually wagging in the shallows. The tide was falling and so the fish was in only two feet of water. The next question was which direction the Tarpon was facing. It was almost impossible to tell. I took a guess and threw a cast as if the fish was facing left. It would have been a great cast had the fish been. Of course as soon as it landed Capt Naeckel said "He's facing right! Pick it up and re-cast! Pick it up!!". I began stripping in fast so I could pick up and re-throw. As fortune would have it, just at that moment, the fish happened to turn, see my fly running away and we saw one big swirl... The Tarpon charged and inhaled the fly. For a trout fisherman, I got a great set into the fish and we were off to the races. Multiple jumps and 150 yards of backing later I started gaining on the fish and we were able to lip it boat-side. A few pictures and we set it free. Tarpon are amazing creatures. The variety of water types and depths that they inhabit is incredible for a fish of their size. We are still learning about their migrations and life stories. Join us in support of this research and join the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust today in support of the Silver King. And if you find yourself in Tarpon country, make sure to bring a couple of cold IPA's, because you may need them to settle your nerves after a Tarpon encounter...

-Garrison Doctor
RepYourWater Co-Founder


See more from Captain Naeckel at Mangrove Maniacs.

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Spring Meadow Stream Browns

Spring Meadow Stream Browns

Traditionally here in the western states fall is considered streamer time. The browns are moving, looking towards the spawn and aggressive. This is all true, but we have found that some of the best streamer fishing in Brown Trout water is pre-runoff in early spring. The water temps may be cold in the early spring and the conditions can be volatile, but the fish can be extremely aggressive and looking for a big chunk of protein after a long winter. So next time you are on a piece of good predatory brown trout water, think about skipping the nymph rig and tying on the biggest, ugliest articulated streamer in the box...

 

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Stormy Rainbows

Stormy Rainbows

There is nothing like a handful of spunky, spotty Rainbow Trout to make it truly feel like spring, unless you happen to be fishing in Wyoming in temperatures that are not quite above freezing as a storm blows snow and sleet sideways over the river.  Which brings up a question - would you rather fish in cold, windy weather and have the river to yourself, or fish on a beautiful day with a few too many other anglers? Personally, I would much rather brave the elements and tolerate cold and windy weather then fish the same section of river on a gloriously sunny but crowded day. Your answer may change depending on the style of fishing you prefer most. If you are a dry fly connoisseur and consider all other methods of fly fishing to be inferior (an entirely valid opinion), a gusty, sleet filled day may not be your cup of tea. On the other hand, if you are happy watching an indicator go down or enjoy stripping streamers, you may find yourself quite at home.

-Garrison Doctor - RepYourWater Co-Founder and Designer

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Spring Gobblers

Spring Gobblers

RepYourWater warehouse and operations manager Sam Williamson has been out scouting for the upcoming spring turkey season here in Colorado. It looks like he has found a pretty decent spot to start...

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Spring Pond'in

Spring Pond'in

Sometimes fishing is not about the size of the fish. Sometimes it's about a little pond that is close to home, a three weight and tight line after tight line. If you have a little pond by your house that you drive by, and you probably do, it might be worth checking out...

 

 

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