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WELCOME TO VOL 1/ISSUE 2 (APRIL 2021)

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

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 …

By the time Belize reopened in October 2020, I’d held five sets of flight tickets, the travel date having been continually pushed back by changing border closures. The summer of 2020 was, essentially, spent watching flight delays and cancelations. So, when the border finally reopened and I stepped off the plane in …

I visited Guyana in January 2018 and spent six days trying to catch a massive arapaima. Having succeeded in that goal, and having also landed numerous peacock bass, we headed upriver, hoping to find a variety of fish, including payara, which are a saber-toothed fish found throughout Guyana’s Essequibo River …

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 …

SALTWATER

Mahi-mahi have it rough—even fly-fishers, who often practice catch-and-release as if it were a religion, rarely let them go. You probably know why: Mahi is one of the cleanest and best tasting fishes in the oceans and it is abundant and relatively easy to catch. As a bonus, you don’t have to feel sorry …

TECHNICAL

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 …

ANGLER SPOTLIGHT

Skeed Borkowski has lived in the British Columbia’s rugged Cariboo region for over 50 years. He’s a man of humor, wit, and endless stories. Along with his wife Sharon, Skeed owns and operates the iconic Northern Lights Lodge, located in the small town of Likely. When he’s not tinkering with …

BOOKS

The first thing to behold when clutching this two-volume set called A Passion For Permit, is the sheer breadth of work: combined, these two oversized and hard-bound books, which weigh about five-thousand pounds each, total 1,665 pages. In reality, their combined weight is nine pounds. Substantial, for sure, which …

ART

Ethan Markie takes a contemplative sip of beer and watches another group of Bozeman “bros” wander into the Rocking R Bar. We’re talking art, and for the Bozeman-based artist, fishing guide and former fly shop rat, this is a day just like any other. “I need to have the experience first, in order to get inspired to paint,” …

FISHY TALES

A friend lost a fly box on the Crowsnest River. It slipped out of an open vest pocket. We never knew where or when. All we knew was it was gone. I searched down one side while Richard splashed across and searched down the other until his progress was halted where the river rushed up against a rock wall. He waived …

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