Return to Cheyenne Bottoms

For those of you who grew up waterfowl hunting in Kansas, the map above this article should bring a nostalgic smile. It is a map of Cheyenne Bottoms – one of the most spectacular wetlands in the United States.  Covering 64 square miles (over 40,000 acres) it’s the largest wetland in the interior US, and…

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Wading Safely in the Duck Marsh

There are many articles discussing how to wade safely while fly fishing in swift water. There are warnings about wearing waders in a boat.   And everyone should know about the importance of a “wading belt”  (one comes with about every pair of waders).  But there are some unique hazards you may encounter when wading a…

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Trout in the Parks

March 1 rarely feels like “spring” in the Midwest.  But in Missouri, the opening of the trout parks is a welcome end to winter.  These parks offer clear flowing spring water, easily catchable fish, and camping, trails, and other facilities to make the trip enjoyable for fishers and non-fishers alike. Yes, the parks can be…

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Moonstruck

Today is the first day of the lunar year and an important holiday to Asians throughout the world. It’s easy to understand why this is a special holiday – the moon’s 28 day cycle offers a steady measure of the passage of seasons.  Anyone who likes to be outdoors, especially early or late in the day,…

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There is No Place Like Home

We eagerly anticipate a new year ahead, but in February time on the water – wading, paddling, fishing – seems very far away.  February is a good time for thinking and planning.  Here is something to ponder:  If you don’t have a place that you feel in your heart is your “home water” – it’s…

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