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WELCOME TO VOL 2/ISSUE 2 (APRIL 2022)

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DOMESTIC TRAVEL

I am not sure what this fly is actually called, but to me it will forever be the Nipigon Earring. Which I will explain in a bit. This fly is flashy, dark and probably one of the deadliest flies to use when brookies are focused on subsurface, non-minnow foods like …

My fishing interests tend toward the masochistic. My idea of a perfect night on the river is one that sends me, face red and ears steaming, straight from the water to the vise to plot the following night’s revenge. Blind casting for muskies till my hands turn to …

Sand holes on the vast turtle grass meadows that stretch some 80 miles between Port Richey and Steinhatchee are big, white fish magnets, impossible to miss, and they require very little on the part of the angler except the ability to cast into them from a reasonable …

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

San Cristobal, which was where we should have been the first time, and the boat was a 33’ locally made sportfisherman powered by three huge outboards and owned by Fernando Ojeda, who rode along with us. Chris and Jen Lalli joined Rhona Chabot and I for the trip …

Hucho hucho, also called the Danubian salmon, is a relative of the Mongolian taimen (Hucho taimen) and is Europe’s biggest salmonid. It can, in ideal conditions, reach 59 inches in length. It is the European trophy for every ambitious angler.

During the mid ‘70s, a small group of anglers in Darwin, myself included, were getting into saltwater fly fishing. For me, the main target species was barramundi, and at the time I was sponging up any information …

SPECIES PROFILE

FISHY TALES

The flies that Rick and other aficionados use to fish the docks are actually exceedingly small for the size of the quarry. Some of the snook under these docks can gulp down a foot long mullet without batting an eye, yet they seem intrigued by sparkly white flies …

It’s a good life, being a camp dog. Even better to be top dog at fish camp. And if you were on your best behavior in all your past lives you might be reincarnated as the alpha canid at an Alaska salmon camp—as did a certain mutt named Chum.

ART

The painting “One Last Look Musky” was created as a tribute to my friend John Gierach and his first big musky; a fish that took a lot of time, concentration, and effort to catch. …

INTERVIEW

Dylan Tomine is the author of the new collection Headwaters (Patagonia). We met via Zoom the evening of March 1, 2022. Tomine is relaxed and informal in his speech, chooses his words …

ANGLER SPOTLIGHT

Lieutenant Anthony is an odd name for a Punonakanits Wanpanoag, don’t you think? In original times, a long while back, it would be fitting for a soldier, not an Indian. I don’t know …

HATCHES

They appear magically, like presents under a Christmas tree when you were seven years old. One morning in late May, you wade into the stream and behold! Stonefly husks cling to every exposed rock and boulder.

BOOK REVIEW

Not long ago I was chatting with a friend about the state of our sport. Our conversation ranged widely, from the good old days (which of course were always good) to the influence of the internet, and why exactly middle-aged guys like us couldn’t become fly fishing social media influencers.

EATS

“Too bony…” “Cat food…” “Bury ‘em in the garden…” There’s a lot of hate out there when it comes to the eating qualities of American shad, the oversized herring that, each spring, runs up the Delaware River to spawn, and readily takes a well-cast fly. …

TECHNICAL

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