Saturday, October 23, 2021


Greg Thomas

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 and on Instagram @anglerstonic.


Articles by Greg Thomas:

Volume 1 – Issue 5 – Editor’s Note

Posted on: 15 Oct 2021

Editor's Note Honestly, I had no interest in saltwater fly fishing before the mid-1990s when my father called and said, “My publisher is flying me first class to the Florida Keys. He’s got a house on the Atlantic and a boat moored just outside. He asked if you want to [...]



Volume 1 – Issue 4 – Editor’s Note

Posted on: 26 Aug 2021

Editor's Note Was it not just May? Did June even happen? How frickin’ fast did July blaze by? I don’t remember much of those months, aside from a couple missions into Alaska and one to the Upper Columbia River. Now it’s late summer, with smoke hanging in the western valleys [...]



Trip Report: Kvichak River Alaska Seasons On The Fly Lodge

Posted on: 26 Aug 2021

Before Kamchatka and Jurassic Lake landed on the fly-fishing travel landscape, there was no better place for really big rainbow trout than southwest Alaska’s Kvichak River. This was “the land of the midnight sun,” “the great land,” Russia’s blunder and the United state’s major coup. Fifty-bazillion acres of natural resource [...]



Volume xxx – Issue xxx – Editor’s Note – December 2020

Posted on: 21 Jul 2021

Editor's Note Greg Thomas White Russians and Chrome Steel Apparently, many of us have become lushes during the Covid-19 pandemic, with alcohol sales booming in North America and elsewhere, especially online orders of wine and spirits. It wasn’t like we didn’t dabble in the drink prior to the pandemic but [...]



Volume 1 – Issue 1 – Editor’s Note

Posted on: 21 Jul 2021

Editor's Note Greg Thomas You show up in the Bahamas for your fly fishing vacation, and after a great first day of whacking bonefish, you see a young girl on the beach slinging a handline with a hook and a piece of unidentified chunk bait into the rising tide. That [...]



FFI Trip Report (April 11—19, 2021) – Thanks Alaska

Posted on: 03 Jun 2021

I once spent a summer in Southeast Alaska when the sun came out two times. I only saw the bright glow while peering out from a dank cannery room where I lined wooden boxes with plastic so the college girls could pack them with salmon eggs. The rest of the [...]



Volume 1 – Issue 2 – Editor’s Note

Posted on: 21 Apr 2021

Editor's Note Greg Thomas April 21, 2021 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. [...]



Fastest Way From Seattle To Montana, For Spring Hatches and Wild Trout

Posted on: 09 Feb 2021

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 [...]




Posted on: 14 Dec 2020

            I’ve spent weeks in the Yukon Territory, casting 18 hours a day to northern pike that were longer than an arm and sometimes as long as a leg. And I’ve shredded the trout-rich waters in and around Yellowstone National Park for up to 200 days a year (before kids, [...]



A Post Pandemic View

Posted on: 14 Dec 2020

If you’re single, healthy, and safe, and have been willing to roll the dice, maybe you’ve taken advantage of affordable airline tickets and those places around the world still accepting foreign travelers. If, like most of us, there are underlying concerns and/or you’re caring for people in high-risk categories, well, [...]



In Our Time of Covid

Posted on: 21 Oct 2020

Ironically, Covid may have been just what the doctor ordered. About a decade after “The Movie” premiered, some fly-shop owners and gear manufacturers were already shouting, “What we need is another movie.” They feared an aging population of traditional anglers, which represented their key customers and core revenue base, was [...]



Covid and the Fly Shop

Posted on: 15 Aug 2020

Fly Shops and Survivability Amid Covid. The internet and online stores have saved some shops while others are struggling to stay afloat. When Covid 19 hit the United States back in March, and the country shut down, it was anyone’s guess what might happen to the fly-fishing industry and, especially, [...]



Post Apocalyptic Fly Fishing

Posted on: 27 May 2020

No portion of the fly-fishing industry, nor the common angler, has gone unscathed. Like other small-to mid-market industries, ours has taken a serious hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, and it's anyone’s guess what the fly fishing landscape might look like when we emerge from this crisis. Some businesses received a [...]