Introducing Dispatches from a Trout Wrangler

Dispatches From a Trout Wrangler chronicles things I learn as a fly-fishing guide for Mossy Creek Fly Fishing and my personal fly-fishing adventures. I’ll share fly-fishing tales, travels, tactics and tips that I’ve found useful, informative, entertaining or some combination of each. I’ll draw on my guiding experience as well as my own time on the water, especially in Virginia’s mountain streams with my beloved brook trout.

If you want backstories and commentary on the politics of conservation and outdoor recreation policy making, I have a separate section, Riding the Thunder, for that. With more than 40 years of political and federal policy work under my belt, I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring that stuff out. The title is inspired by a passage from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech, “Citizenship in a Republic” popularly known as “The Man in the Arena.”

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A running commentary about fly-fishing, guiding, politics and life lessons learned.


Tom Sadler

fly fishing guide, outdoor journalist, conservation advocate and political interpreter. Chief Writing Officer of this Substack.