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WELCOME TO VOL 1/ISSUE 6  (DECEMBER 2021)

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Ever since I first held a fishing rod, as winter turns to spring and the days lengthen, my fishing dreams turn to my two favorite freshwater fish—brown trout and pike. Pike I can catch in my beloved Czech Republic, but if I want a first class brown, the choices are few. This past spring, travel restrictions meant I …

I’m lolling in near-scalding mineral water, a gusty southern wind kicking up steam. Somewhere to the southwest, a typhoon is speeding my way, proceeded by gusty winds and banks of dark clouds that, admittedly, are a bit ominous. From my vantage in the natural hot springs, which are on the roof of the …

Imagine hundreds of square miles of pristine saltwater flats, stretching as far as your eye can see, to where the horizon of water blurs into the hazy Caribbean sky. Aquatic habitat ranging from dense mangrove alleys to wide-open, savannah-like white sand flats, to reef-edge rollers … all within reach of the …

Back in the 1980s I was the cameraman/producer of a television show featuring Lefty Krey’s travels and adventures across the top end of tropical Australia. He enjoyed world-class fly fishing for many species he hadn’t encountered before, and he cast on a variety of fish-rich and …

The Miskito Coast stretches from the Costa Rican border all the way up Nicaragua’s Atlantic seaboard. The region is named not for the insects, as is often assumed, but, instead, for the Miskito Amerindians that are indigenous to this remote part of the Central American isthmus. The vast region is …

If you’re a saltwater fly fisher and the permit is your species of choice, you better prepare your-self for sleepless nights and days when you question your ability and equipment. I can think of very few other species that can take you on such an emotional rollercoast-er. The Permit Guru Mike Dawes once said …

SPECIES PROFILE

DOMESTIC TRAVEL

Standing atop a stepladder blind-casting a tandem marabou jig rig into a bitter headwind that’s churning up rollers I could ride to shore on my longboard, I can’t help but feel like I’m playing the quarter slots in nearby Reno, Nevada. Cast, strip slowly, lift, and repeat, all in hopes that Lady Luck leads a cruising Lahontan cutthroat to one of my flies. To my left, my guide buddy Matt “Gilligan” Koles is perched on his ladder, launching a streamer with his seven-weight switch rod. Sporting neoprene duck-hunting …

Most anglers believe that Alaska’s Illiamna/Bristol Bay/Katmai fishing season is strictly summer. But that’s not exactly true. Alaska actually offers two totally different fishing periods and your Alaska experience depends on which one you hit. Perhaps the most distinct difference in the two seasons is the availability of king salmon (also called chinook) and silver salmon (also called coho). If you arrive for the early season, which runs from the first week of June through July, you’ll likely find …

FISHY TALES

November 1978, Madison Square Garden. With “Toys in the Attic” a few years behind them, Boston-born Aerosmith had begun its long descent into mediocrity that would eventually lead to a winking self-parody. But it was my first full-fledged rock concert, and despite the M-80s that some knuckleheads …

About 15 years back, after a particularly exhausting Saturday spent casting and not catching, Kush and I found ourselves leaning against the Warthog, his battered old F-250, wondering if our steelheading was too frenetic to be sustained into middle age. Note a central theme: Friday night: arrive; drinks. Saturday …

GEAR

There is nothing straight forward about this. The choice of saltwater footwear is so personal it nearly defies recommendation. But one can offer parameters. Do you need fitting out for a dedicated wading trip or will you be mostly boat fishing with occasional forays into the water? What conditions are …

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