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WELCOME TO VOL 2/ISSUE 1 (FEBRUARY 2022)

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DOMESTIC TRAVEL

While Covid hasn’t shut down my travel plans, it has forced me to stick closer to home than usual. That has allowed me to share my adventures with family and friends. Last summer I was invited by Lori and Pat Babcock to fish at Cree River Lodge, which is located …

There is an old adage I once heard as a young angler—pound-for-pound a smallmouth bass fights as hard as any other freshwater fish. And the four-pound smallie that was digging down placing a bend to the cork of my 8-weight was hell bent on maintaining that reputation …

When it comes to tarpon flies, it’s easy to become fixated on one pattern, size or color based on past experience and, no doubt, a little bit of luck. It’s human nature, and we all do it no matter what species we’re after. But as a crusty, old Keys guide once chided …

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

My gallant and typically sure-footed horse, “Estrella,” made an uncharacteristic stumble as we descended a steep, slippery slope, and for a moment I was totally absorbed with staying in the saddle. Then, to my relief, we were over a rain-slick boulder and once again …

When it comes to performing comedy or buying real estate, timing is everything. This can also be said for fly-fishing adventure. I learned this the hard way when a boyhood friend and I drove across North America after finishing graduate school in a first-time …

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 …

TRIP REPORTS

If you’re looking for a quick winter escape, with permit fishing written all over it, you would be hard pressed to find a better option than Blue Horizon Lodge in southern Belize.

My wife is particularly fond of birthdays and surprises. As a result, she asked me to block out my work calendar for a week in late November 2021. I soon got wind that she was …

EDITORIAL

FLY CULTURE

FISHY TALES

Each year for a decade now I’ve gone north for spring break—“spring” in this case is late February, a solid month before the season’s official launch; north means north of Ann Arbor, Michigan—to spend the days up to my chest in freezing water, catching a weekly quantum of fish that can …

ART

The first time I drove to the Bighorn River I wanted to see the land that was the background for the infamous battle; I was not prepared for the wide expanse and beauty of the landscape. I made a few drawings in my sketchbook and took notes about that sacred area and the unexpected …

BOOK REVIEW

There’s a moment late in Dylan Tomine’s story “The Grand Salami” where he refuses to acquiesce to a flats guide’s insistence that he cast to a school of bonefish. Instead, Tomine decides to do his own thing—because clearly it’s the right thing. And this moment, arriving as it does …

DRINKS

If you’ve been following Paramount’s Yellowstone the past few years, you’ve noticed that a fly-fishing scene occasionally surfaces among all the ropin’ and ranchin’. Which makes sense, given the show is set in Montana. If ever there was a place that screams fly fishing in the post-modern …

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TYER'S BENCH

The Alter Ego Rich Strolis
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February 15, 2022