Posts by Brad Trumbo

Traditional Tactics for Iced-over Yellow Perch

I am not sure what allure ice fishing or yellow perch had on me, but both suckered me in quickly. A high-mountain reservoir contained yellow perch near my Appalachian home town, but I could never quite connect with them like folks who knew the lake better than I. They were forbidden fruit. So, when I […]

Pinks on the Fly

Every angler venturing to Alaska in search of salmon on the fly dreams vividly of aggressive coho or chum trouncing a streamer being ripped across the river. Day and night dreams of beautiful roll casts, colorful marabou and bunny streamers wafting brilliantly through prime holding water, and a shark-like wake split by a speckled dorsal […]

Sierra Gold : Striking it Rich

I would put money on the fact that anyone addicted to mountains and adipose fins has, at some point, dreamed of landing a true golden trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss aguabonita) in California‚Äôs Sierra Nevada range. Personally, I have obsessed about it for years. California golden trout are native to only two stream systems on the eastern […]

Flying Deep for Desert Cutthroat

A solid strip-set firmly embedded the hook, but the fish merely swam away with my fly. An instant eternity passed before the fish became cognizant of something amiss. The laborious and weighty head shakes of a fish with considerable length forced deep flex into my eleven-foot switch rod. Lahontan cutthroat are not known for blistering […]

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