Looking for the best flies, photos, fishing trips and conservation news from 2010? Here’s my subjective list!
Great photography from Chris and Shauna’s Venezuelan bonefish trip.
Here’s a write up on how to catch the McKenzie River’s legendary March Brown hatch.
Ice in the guides and bass fishing don’t usually go together, but in this case, it ruled.
One of the most important articles we published on the conservation side: What are the economic implications of taking hatchery fish off of a river? Ask the folks on the Metolius.
Speaking of the Metolius: Huge streamers, spey rods and bull trout!
Two of the proudest moments in 2010: Watching 50 people come out to tell ODFW to take hatchery trout off the McKenzie River, and securing $5,000 to study the effect of hatchery trout removal from the Oregon Fly Fishing Club.
For a more measured look at hatcheries in the Northwest, check out this great article series by Jay Nicholas, part two here.
Speaking of salmon, and specifically springers, did you hear you can catch them on a fly rod?
Matt Ramsey’s reports from taimen fishing in Mongolia make me want to call off work for a month and go bankrupt. One day.
Did you know Bigfoot lives on the McKenzie?
Also, The Caddis Fly Shop and TU have raised around $12,000 so far for habitat restoration on the McKenzie River with our annual McKenzie Two-Fly Tournament. Last year was our most successful tournament yet.
Here are some of the other top photos from last year:
Last, but certainly not least, my favorite fly patterns from 2010:
October caddis pupa
Rob’s Zebra Comet
Jay’s Elk River Estuary Shrimp
Sea-run cutthroat reverse spider
Ethan’s Green McKenzie Caddis Pupa
Nate’s Lingcod Clouser Minnow
Matt’s Steelhead Zonker
Barrett’s UV Chewy Skin Mini-stone
Tony’s purple tube leech
Did I miss anything? Let us know your favorite photos, fly patterns and blog posts from 2010.