From Montana's border with Canada to a stone's throw from Mexico, with stops all up and down the Rockies, 2010 was a year for the fly fishing ages–at least in Eat More Brook Trout standards. While traveling this region is a gift, the travel itself can be a bit of a chore. Working to protect fish and game habitat on public lands–or working to protect public lands, period–is a taxing endeavor filled with lots of hope and the occasional stellar result. Thankfully, the journey is marked by opportunity, which is really what public lands are all about in the first place, right?
I'm fortunate enough to get to experience the best of the West at a time when resources–although imperiled–are still wonders to behold. And I'm fortunate enough to get to see other destinations throughout the country that, while not what they once were, still offer plenty for the angler willing to stretch his legs and walk a bit. In 2010, I cast to wild and native trout in the upper Midwest, chased redfish (and avoided alligators) in south Texas, and worked with some of the finest people who understand the need to protect habitat today if our kids are going to have opportunity tomorrow. Enjoy a glimpse of these experiences, and take them with you the next time you venture into the backcountry that belongs to each and every American.
Here's to a fruitful 2011. May it see more of our public lands–our hunting and fishing opportunity– safeguarded for generations to come.