With record temperatures and heat waves hitting favorite trout-fishing locales this summer—as well as closures and hoot-owl restrictions—many anglers have chosen to seek out alternatives to the typical summer trout fare. For some, this has meant the pursuit of various warmwater species; for others, it has meant a search for those places where trout water still runs cold and clear—often in higher elevations.
The beauty of higher elevations is often found in the simplicity. A light rod, a box of bushy dry flies, and a tube of floatant are usually all that is needed for a day of midsummer bliss. Well, that and a sturdy pair of hiking boots. Alpine lakes are known for hungry trout, fish that are well aware that the season of plenty is short. And there is no better way to escape the heat yourself than a day spent hopping plunge pools on an intimate mountain stream.
This summer, join us in giving the mainstem fish a much-needed break on those long, hot days and strap on some hiking boots to search for gems in the high country. You’ll be pleased with what you find—and you may even be surprised by a high-country hog—and the fish downstream will thank you for it.
GEAR UP FOR TROUT SEASON
MEET ARTIST CASEY UNDERWOOD
Casey Underwood is an artist and freelance designer currently residing in Bozeman, MT. Growing up in a family of fly fishers, he was introduced to the sport at a young age. Today he is an avid angler and over the years, Casey's work has manifested itself in various mediums including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and digital media. Regardless of the medium, it's not hard to recognize elements of Casey's signature style. Above all, Casey's work strives to convey a unique and intriguing perspective on otherwise familiar subject matter. We are honored to have him lend his touch to Sage with signature pieces from hats, tees, to drinkware. Check them out below and grab them while you can! Follow along @cpunderwood