A place to call your own

The pandemic, lots of snow and the San Juan River and Southern Ute Reservation closures may have inspired you to start tying your own flies. I know the local fly shops, and probably the non-fisher...

DATE: March 5, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Colorado fly fishermen rejoice, remain wary as San Juan River reopens

“When is the San Juan going to open?” It was the question every fly shop around the Four Corners has had to answer every day for the last year. Last week, anglers finally got their answer. New...

DATE: March 4, 2021 | UPDATED: 2 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Vallecito ice fishing tournament draws competitors from around country

The ice fishing tournament at Vallecito Reservoir completed its fifth year Saturday with a 5-pound catch and 153 participants from around the country. Competitors arrived early to attempt to snare...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Boy’s disqualification at Vallecito ice fishing tournament sparks uproar

The Vallecito Conservation and Sporting Association held its fifth annual ice fishing tournament Saturday, resulting in some winning catches and disputed results. The ice fishing tournament is the...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Picking the correct fly

Not long ago, a friend asked me how I knew to use a San Juan Worm one day, while fly fishing the Animas River. I thought about giving her some technical reason, but then I decided the truth was...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2021 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Drought causing issues for Durango’s fish hatchery

Prolonged drought in Southwest Colorado is now affecting Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s fish hatchery in Durango. Joe Lewandowski, spokesman for CPW, said the Durango Fish Hatchery, along the banks...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2021 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gumbo, Dixie Beer and Redfish

If you are familiar with the south, you know from the title I was in Louisiana. Louisiana, similar to other Gulf Coast states, is known for many things. But I think the gumbo, beer and redfish give...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2021 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Looks and nudges on the Animas River

The high country is snowed-in, the Southern Ute Reservation and the San Juan River are closed, the lakes are icing over; the Animas is our fall-back. And, frankly, it is a good fall-back. From the...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Curls that aren’t so cute

We’ve all seen advertising pictures of little girls with cute curly hair. Those of us that fly fish have seen a fly cast that falls several feet short of the intended target because the line has...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2020 | COLUMN: Flies & Lies

Silverton’s Bryon Powell completes the first Troutman 100

With no races to train for in 2020, Bryon Powell turned his attention to his newfound hobby for a summer of motivation. It all led to an impressive feat in the Colorado mountains. Silverton’s...

DATE: Oct. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Colorado cutthroat restored to 23 miles of Hermosa Creek

A decades-long effort to restore the Colorado River cutthroat trout to the upper reaches of Hermosa Creek has been completed, resulting in the largest continuous stretch of waterway for the native...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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