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The world is awakening. And the fish aren’t going to like it.
That’s because many of us have adhered to voluntary or mandated quarantines for more than a year and are now becoming free to travel and fish whenever and wherever we please. Especially those who’ve received one or more vaccinations against Covid-19. This is clear—fish that swam easily in 2020 are going to see increased pressure and some well-tied flies in 2021.

            This all occurs as the northern hemisphere shakes free from winter, and fresh spring weather invites us outside. For many of us, it doesn’t really matter where we fish but, instead, that we can fish. Great options abound inside Canada and the United States, including the beginning of trout seasons and an array of prolific hatches to match. Steelhead and trout seasons are underway in Alaska and Ontario, and it won’t be long before the ice sheets come off those Canadian pike and muskie waters, an event that sends those aggressive predators into shallow waters. There are other options, too: Florida, Belize and the Bahamas are open for safe business and the bonefish, permit and tarpon haven’t gone anywhere.

            But there’s a problem—as these fisheries reopen, clients who’ve been rolled over from missed dates in 2020 are eating up the lion’s share of 2021 availability. That means it is time to book for what remains of 2021 and to secure options for 2022 and beyond. We expect that demand for prime lodge dates will never be stronger. So climb aboard or you’ll miss the boat.

            As you enjoy our April/May issue, and follow in the footsteps of our authors and photographers, you’ll be tempted towards some great fisheries—giant pike in Alaska, Canada and Czech Republic; scads of rainbow trout, grayling and char in Bristol Bay, Alaska; giant brown trout in Alberta’s Bow River; evening caddis hatches on that province’s Crowsnest River; incredible off-the-grid permit in Cuba; 20-steelhead days on Lake Superior’s north shore; and mahi-mahi off the Florida Keys, among other appealing options.

            Being safe should continue to be everyone’s number one priority, but we also understand how quickly life is headed back to status quo. The time is now to fish. And whether you want to fish this month, or this summer, fall or winter, or anytime in 2022 and beyond, we can steer you toward some fantastic options.

—Greg Thomas, editor-in-chief

WELCOME TO THE APRIL EDITION

Stone Cold Killers

Anglers headed to Alaska’s Bristol Bay can get tunnel vision while searching for rainbows, dollies and sockeye. That could be a mistake.
By Matthew Dickerson

Skeed Borkowski

The owner of Northern Lights Lodge just wanted to spend a summer in the woods. Now, 52 years later, he’s still offering some of the most unique trout fishing in the world.
By Gil Greenberg

Think I’ll Go Out To Alberta

Got three days and pack full of hoppers and stones? Make your way to the Bow River and you may land some extremely photo-worthy fish.
By Dana Sturn

Life. Death. And Permit.

Cuba might be the best place in the world to catch your first and largest sickletail.
By Matt Harris

Take, After Take, After Take

When you figure out the damselfly equation, lakes can turn super productive in the blink of an eye.
By Brian Chan

Lake Superior’s North Shore Steelhead

Each spring and fall a glut of steelhead move into Ontario’s array of wild rivers.
By Gord Ellis

Ethan Markie’s High-Contrast Fish

Bright colors and time on the water are key to this artist’s success.
By Jess McGlothlin

Back To Belize

Traveling to salt in the Covid era? Easy.
By Jess McGlothlin

A Passion for Permit

This two-volume “bible” is a must-have for any serious saltwater angler.

Tips For Euro Pike

When the Covid lockdown hit, this author broke out for Euro pike.
By Katka Svagrova

Lundbreck Falls

Casting in the dark, on Alberta’s Crowsnest River.
By Dana Sturn

Hooked and Cooked: Mahi

Raw or cooked, mahi-mahi is a real treat.
By Pat Ford

The Middle Fork of Stupid Good

Everybody needs a little angling gluttony from time to time. And Alaska is just the place to find it.
By Dave Karczynski

All Bets On The Water Wolf

Big. Fast. Cunning and mean. Northern pike are a perfect fly rod target, even if the big ones usually win.
By Dave Karczynski

TARPON

By Chris Santella

Plastic Surgery For Enhanced Midges

By Scott Sanchez

Pacchiarini’s Wiggletail

During spring, slow may be the way to go for pike.
By Matt Harris