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