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Editor's Note

Building a magazine is a process.

When I recently shared FFI’s December issue with a fellow editor and fly-fishing insider he said, “Damn, man. How come I don’t know about this magazine?”

I nodded and said, “Exactly.”

Right now Fly Fishing International magazine is flying under the radar. Few know about us. That is by design: we want to get it right before we shout, “Look at us, look at us.” Still, we’re proud of our February 2022 edition, which offers some great articles, plus access to six back issues. The content is all original, all the time, not poached and reposted from somewhere else on the web.

But the true test of any magazine is what the readers believe. So we ask, What do you like? What else would you like to see? And how can this magazine serve the modern traveling angler best? You, after all, are why we decided to build a content archive focussing on travel and the world’s best fly-fishing.

We know there’s improvement to be made and we’ll get there soon. At this point in the process our numero uno goal is get you excited to fish and inspire you to make a run at whichever species gets you going. If you’re like us, that’s not a difficult assignment.

For instance, I went for a drive the other day. It’s winter in Montana. Cold every day. But the sun was out. Figured vitamin D would be good for the brain, and I wanted to shoot some video for the mag. I put the gear in my truck, loaded up the Labrador, and drove south for an hour or so. I picked up a coffee then headed to a spot on the river where I’d often seen trout rising for winter midges. I sat on a snowbank and waited. Within a few minutes I saw a shape carving through the glassy surface, certainly sucking down a midge. A few seconds later another fish came up. I looked at the snow and saw midges crawling all over the place. This river was happening and not a soul on it.

Of course I had an immediate reaction, kind of primal, like how our bodies react when we see a snake. I flexed to get up—I mean, something deep inside told me to catch that fish. Unfortunately, that simple, slight movement reminded me of an error I’d made in late December, a slip in my garage that ended with a concussion and fractured ribs. I shook my head and reminded myself, You can’t fish. So I just watched.

For the past few days I’ve had those rises replaying in my head. How bad do I want to be out there? Bad enough that I could throw away the doctor’s orders and tough it out; but not bad enough to throw away another couple months trying to heal. Here’s the whole point: we hope our work on the magazine inspires you to fish, and we hope you are healthy and able to do so. If that’s the case, understand what you’ve got going for you right now. Sure, you can tie flies to beat the winter doldrums, but there are little mysteries going on in the water right now that are just waiting to be solved.

—Greg Thomas

WELCOME TO THE
FEBRUARY EDITION

Best Flies And Techniques for Laid-Up Tarpon
By Robert Tomes
Swimming With Giants
By Pat Ford
Blue Horizon Lodge, Placencia Belize
By The Editors
Gators of The Cree
By Gil Greenberg
Big Water Smallmouth
By Rick Kustich
Hero or Zero
By Matt Harris
A Year (Well, Almost) Of
Fishing Adventures
By Chris Santella
The Alter Ego
By Rich Strolis
Phantom Zonker
By Barry Ord Clarke
Spouse Booking Your Trip? What
Could Go Wrong?
By Z. Kent Sullivan
Skeena Steelhead
By Dana Sturn
Headwaters
By Dana Sturn
Bad Vibes At The Little Bighorn
By Alberto Rey
Mad Men
By Dave Karczynski
The Dutton Pour
By Dana Sturn
Yeti Crossroads Packing Cubes
By The Editors
Camelbak Eddy+ with Lifestraw Filter
By The Editors
SA Amplitude Smooth Creek Line
By Dave Karczynski
Simms G3 Guide Backpack
By The Editors