FFI’s June edition serves up a platter of salt and fresh stories from around the globe. Want trout? Head to Alberta with Jim McLennan for some heavy cutthroats and rainbows. Want the best of the Florida Key’s tarpon? Join Alex Suescun for the heralded palolo worm hatch. Pat Ford tackles Alaska’s mousin’ rainbows and greedy grayling, and John Haenke chases Australian permit, bastards, tuskfish and trevally. Jerry Gibbs gets real in Caye Caulker, Belize while Dave Karczynski covers all things muskie …
FFI’S April edition takes you after many of the fish we all know and love, including tarpon, brook trout and smallmouth bass. But we also take you out a little deeper to fish snook over docklights, mako sharks off the California coast, and large striped marlin in the Galapagos … And more.
New year. New fish to catch. And we give you some pretty good ideas on where to do just that. Hard-wired for Midwest metalheads. Stalking the Belizean flats for triggerfish. Pushing hard for a first permit. A deep dive into what’s up with Skeena steel. Alberto Rey’s Bighorn gut-wrencher. Horsebackin’ for Chilean trout. Mag Bay’s striped marlin. And more.
Our December issue is about dreaming big—big tarpon in Nicaragua; giant cutthroats in the Nevada high desert; beastly barramundi in Australia; swinging kings during Alaska’s early summer; and chasing golden mahseer and spiritual awareness in India. Plus all the columns that you have grown to love, including a gem on Steven Tyler and the whole hackle-in-the-hair madness of 2011. Plus … more
FFI’s October edition is all about Artic Dreams; Xcaluk; Winter Off Key West; Warmwater’s Big Three; Tying the Coyote Shrimp; My Travel Insurance Adventure; Select The Right Hat; The Glider; Striped Bass; Reinstatement of Roadless Rule Protects Southeast Alaska Steelhead; Zen and the Art of Fly Reel Maintenance; Kings of the Road; Going For the Grand Slam; Fall Madness On Montana’s Madison River … more
Lake run brown trout East and West; First permit in Mexico; Going deep for Bulkley steel; Giant lake Nipigon brook trout; Keeping track of passports and essential papers; Tying in the “round”; A brewery guide to Vermont’s best trout water; A week in Alaska for Kvichak River rainbows; Rolling the dice during hurricane season; Tying Winchester’s Rip Rap; Del Brown’s Merkin … more
FFI’s June edition is packed with appealing reads, including stories on British Columbia and Alaska chinook salmon, mousing up rainbows, wild Alaska steelhead, Montana’s Bighole River, Brian Chan’s Ice Cream Cone Chironomid, flies for the surface film, Matt Harris’ photography kit, western Canada’s looper moth hatch, the Sili-Legs bonefish fly, tying Sanchez’s Convertible … more
FFI’s April edition is all about getting back on the water as, hopefully, the Covid situation clears. Need some inspiration? Read up on Florida Keys tarpon, a permit playground in Cuba, Brian Chans’s damselfly equation, Albertas’s Bow and Crowsnest rivers, giant Euro pike, Pat Ford’s recipe for mahi, heading back to Belize, Lake Clark’s northern pike … more
Much of the world has come out of hiberation and all of us “two-dose” recipients are feeling happy and safe and are trying to make up for a lost year. Unfortunately, we’re all shooting for the same thing at the same time—build the new home, take the family camping, fly fish the waters we’ve always dreamed of. Live more. Work less … more
We’ve got the bug just like you’ve got the bug and no matter what it is or where it swims, we want to catch it and share our adventures with you. Because, that’s what it comes down to, right? A reason to travel and fish, and the opportunity to share those adventures with friends and family. Our motto at FFI is, wake, eat, fish, sleep. Rinse and repeat.
Greg Thomas is a well-travelled steelhead fanatic and writes for various outlets, including the New York Times, Outside, Forbes, Big Sky Journal, Field & Stream, etc. He has penned several books on fly fishing, including Fly Fisher’s Guide to Washington and Fly Bible Montana. He lives in Missoula, Montana and owns the website, Anglers Tonic. See more of his work at www.anglerstonic.com and on Instagram @anglerstonic.
Seattle To Montana Trout In Eight Hours
It doesn’t take long to get from Seattle to Montana. Fortuitously, some of the best early season dry-fly fishing on earth occurs in the far western portion of the state, in and around Missoula, a trout addicted town surrounded by five blue-ribbon rivers and what seems like 500 quality brew pubs. Want to fish the ...
Take, After Take, After Take
We knew something was up as my fishing partner and I drove along an increasingly snow-covered road to Peterhope Lake on a mid-November day. Not a tire track and certainly no evidence of anyone recently launching a boat. Then, why you might ask, would anyone want to fish with a good eight inches of snow on the ...
Life. Death. And Permit.
It had been a long tough week on the flats. Back-to-back cold fronts replete with a savage easterly wind had churned the crystal waters of Cayo Cruz into a milky soup. Overhead, the towering thunderheads had crowded out the sun, further conspiring to make sight-fishing all but impossible. All week my guide Raffa and ...
Tips For Euro Pike
As an author, traveler and professional fly-fishing guide, I had to cancel most of my 2020 projects, with only a curtailed guide season in Iceland surviving the global lockdown. But out of adversity comes opportunity—per ardua ad astra, as the Romans used to say. I’d spent most of the first two months of the ...
The Murdich Minnow
The Murdich Minnow is not a novelty fly pattern. It avails itself of no new age synthetic materials, requires no fancy hooks, and can be cast on any rod you have in the quiver. Originally tied as a striper fly, this critter will catch anything from crappie to lake trout, though it is particularly deadly on bass, trout ...