Saturday, December 4, 2021


Dave Karczynski

Dave Karczynski is the author of Smallmouth and From Lure to Fly. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and serves as Fly Fishing International’s man on the spot when someone needs to go blindly deep into bear country and return with a great story to tell.


Articles by Dave Karczynski:

The Murdich Minnow

Posted on: 01 Dec 2021

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, [...]



Mahseer (Golden)

Posted on: 18 Nov 2021

Species Profile Mahseer (Golden) Dave Karczynski Quick Facts SPECIES NAME Tor putitora SIZE Average fish: 15-25 pounds All-Tackle World Record: 90 pounds, Kaveri River, India, caught in 2010 FAVORITE DESTINATIONS Bhutan: Drangme, Mangde, and Punatsang rivers Nepal: Seti, Karnali, Babai, Tamar, and Koshi rivers India: Ramganga, Saryu, and Mahakali rivers [...]



Kings of the Road

Posted on: 15 Oct 2021

F. Scott Fitzgerald claimed a sure sign of genius was the ability to hold two mutually exclusive ideas in one’s head at the same time, believing in them both fully. If that’s true, the closest I've come to cognitive brilliance is a July evening five years ago, when my friend [...]



Catching on the Kanektok

Posted on: 15 Jun 2021

Walrus have a penis bone called an oosik—lighter in hand than a moose foreleg, it makes an excellent salmon bonk. Black bear bile can heal your liver and melt your gallstones—and get you arrested if you’re caught in possession of one. If you are encircled by griz and need to [...]



The Middle Fork of Stupid Good

Posted on: 15 Apr 2021

All anglers need the occasional freaky good day. Such days clear the system of junk, like an angioplasty for the fishing soul. Depending on where you live, head-shaking days may or may not be frequent. But that’s no matter—the good mojo generated by a single day of stupid good fishing [...]



All Bets On The Water Wolf

Posted on: 15 Apr 2021

Fred Thomas The northern pike is predation in its most distilled form. It is the perfect weapon—cannon and cannonball, wick and flame, all in a single package, ready to detonate on anything swimming by: a duckling, a bullfrog, a Murdich minnow stripped through the gloom of a boreal spring day. [...]




Posted on: 08 Feb 2021

  Three hours after breakfast I poured my fifth cup of coffee and stepped outside into the milky glow of a drizzly Alaska morning. There was little to see. The mountains I’d stared at all week were guillotined at the shoulders by low clouds, and I barely made out the [...]



So You Want To Be A Muskie Guide

Posted on: 08 Feb 2021

As someone who has flirted with the idea of guiding for close to 20 years (and, to be clear, has never come close to committing) I've thought a lot about how I'd grind through tough days on the water. If taking folks out for smallmouth, I'd slow things down, thrown [...]