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Montana woman immigrated from Germany, tied world-famous trout flies for decades

An abusive father, daily bombings and three weeks of walking without food as a young World War II refugee tarnished the early years of Anna Patterson’s life, but you wouldn’t …


Montana Fishing Film Festival comes to Garland Theater

For the first time the


Annual fly fishing class starting Thursday

The annual Spokane Fly Fishers fly fishing school will start on Thursday. The eight-week course is good for beginners, or those with experience looking to touch up their skills.


Reader photo: Where is everybody?

October fly fishing can be about as good as it gets in terms of finding solitude, colorful fall scenery and eager trout.


Fall fling: September ideal month to cast for trout

This is a busy month with families centered around kids and schools. Fall sports are fully revved up. Fans can easily devote an entire weekend to a Cougar football game. …


Spokane fly fisher, FFI president, angling for sport’s future

Len Zicker jokes that his wife made “the mistake of a lifetime” in buying him a fly rod as a gift in 1995. Certainly it changed the course of his …


Field Reports: Bend Whitewater Park flooded with floaters

This year, in its first full summer season, more than 231,000 people floated the Deschutes River through the Bend, Oregon, Whitewater Park on inner tubes, kayaks or paddleboards. That’s roughly …


U.S. needs leaders like Cecil Andrus

The outpouring of admiration and respect for Andrus from Republicans and Democrats says it all. He represents the type of leadership the nation sorely misses.


Brian J. Cantwell: A fly-fishing high on Montana’s pristine Gallatin River

There had to be a little magic in play that rainy September day on the Gallatin River when I first felt the fly line arc behind me just right and …


In Brief: Rules boost Buoy 10 salmon fishing

Anglers in the popular Buoy 10 late-summer salmon season in the Columbia River estuary will get to keep wild chinook seven days a week in 2017.


Gonzaga coach Mark Few reels in another big one

Gonzaga University men’s basketball coach Mark Few is known for having some formidable bigs in the paint.


Fishing curtailed at popular trout fishing spots McDowell Lake, Potter’s Pond

Even though there’s water everywhere this spring, two popular trout fishing lakes on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Colville will be empty or dramatically lowered when …


Spokane Valley guide proclaims April ‘awesome’ for fly fishers

April is the month in which everything wakes up on the region’s streams, and for that reason alone it may be the “most awesome month” for fly fishermen, a Spokane …


Missouri River fly fishing guide still a student of the river after 25 years

Mark Raisler has learned a few things about catching trout the Missouri River in the 25 years he’s been fishing there.


Winter fishing fix: Fly casters snowshoe into Henry’s Fork trout water

February can be a rough time for Inland Northwest fly fishers who don’t have tickets to sunny saltwater destinations.


Foundation dedicated to preservation of Henry’s Fork

Anglers with remarkable foresight recognized the virtues of the Henry’s Fork and established a foundation in 1984 to help preserve the fishery.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Out & about: Fly fishing school

For 35 years, the Spokane Fly Fishers have unselfishly changed the lives of novice anglers who enroll in the eight-week Beginning Fly Fishing School. The instruction goes way beyond …


Fly fishing films feature women, conservation, big fish action

The annual


Hugh Evans, longtime Spokane attorney and Vietnam vet, to be interred at Arlington National Cemetery

Hugh Evans served during the bloodiest period of the Vietnam War, earning a Silver Star and kicking off a life of legal service and leisure in Spokane. A large group …


Columbia, Snake dams topic of public meetings

FISHERIES – Court-ordered federal public meetings are coming to the region next week, partly to explore the potential for eliminating four lower Snake River dams to boost survival of endangered …


Field reports: Priest Lake drawdown opens river to paddling

Priest Lake’s slow drawdown to winter level began Saturday evening. Flows were increased from Outlet Dam to lower the lake 3 feet from its full pool at elevation 2,437.6 feet.


Kootenai River improvements put shine on fall fishing

With schools rolling into high gear along with sports, hunting and salmon seasons, September is a prime month to go trout fishing, especially on the Kootenai River.


NPS 100: Yellowstone National Park is one big fly zone

Roger Booth and John Brick once thought they had to get away from the maddening crowds to catch trout in Yellowstone National Park.


Two trout lakes drained for repairs in Stevens County

Water levels at two trout fishing lakes in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge are being lowered for fall construction projects.


Madison River trout rebound from whirling disease

Two decades ago, rainbow trout in the upper Madison River were struggling. Whirling disease had been found in the stream, caused by a microorganism that latches onto fish. Brown trout …


Madison revival: Fabled fishery tests every angler’s skill level

The Madison River below Quake Lake and along U.S. 287 holds legendary status among fly anglers. It’s a standout even in Montana, which is host to 2.2 to 3.36 million …


Out & about: Tips for catch-and-release fishing

Most western states have a take on rules and ethics involved in catching and releasing fish, especially trout.


Out & about: John Wayne Trail planning meeting this week

A second round of public planning meetings for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail through Eastern Washington includes one set 6 p.m. Wednesday at


Outpeople: Abrahamse shares passion for catching and conserving trout

From a lifelong pleasure of trying to outwit fish, Spokane angler Bill Abrahamse also became hooked on conservation. “I was looking for a way to give back, looking at different …


Out & About: Fly fishing films benefit for Spokane River redband trout

Local anglers are bringing an acclaimed collection of fly fishing films to Spokane as a benefit for river access and research projects to boost