Photos in the March 2014 issue
This Month's Features
The unexpected wonders of fly-fishing.
By Reid Wittliff
When I’m about to go fly-fishing, I become anxious and clumsy. I’m keyed up not only because of the prospect of catching fish, but also because, if experience holds true, I stand a good chance of seeing or experiencing something completely unexpected.
I begin to fish the same way every time. I take the end of my line and bend it into a loop. I then thread the loop through the guides on the rod. This way, if the line should slip, it will catch before falling back through the guides to the ground. This is a handy trick because I almost always fumble the line.
Monarch monitoring show their migration's in trouble.
By Rob McCorkle
Craig Hensley’s lifelong love affair with monarch butterflies began decades ago. He fondly recalls childhood days in Iowa lying on his back in a field and watching swarm after swarm of the delicate-looking insects fluttering overhead, some “cascading” down around him to fuel up on plant nectar for their long southward migration.
Today, Hensley, a Guadalupe River State Park interpretive ranger, has joined a growing chorus of experts warning about the fragile state of the autumn migration of millions of monarchs to their ancestral winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. The U.S. population of the resplendent orange and black butterfly has been suffering a precipitous downward spiral in numbers because of myriad environmental factors, many of them caused by people.
Biologists battle golden alga and drought to produce hybrid striped bass.
By Larry D. Hodge
If ever there was a fish that demonstrates the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s commitment to making fishing better in Texas, it’s the hybrid striped bass.
Without the work of TPWD’s Inland Fisheries biologists and hatcheries, there would be no hybrid striped bass, usually referred to simply as hybrids, in Texas.