Seven Great Flies for the Boston Metropolitan Area

  • By: Michael Doherty
  • Photography by: Fred Thomas
Traver Award

One evening in mid-may, Jenny Muldoon caught her first largemouth bass, on an orange popper. That beautiful three-pounder fell for a really ugly fly. We tied that popper together, figuring how best to hold everything on the hook, how a whip knot should go. It’s hard to tie a knot when you’re reading about it.

Devoured: Montana's State Record Yellow Perch

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So Much for The Record Book

Two things I love about this image. First, the anarchy sign on the outhouse, which I fully support, especially in this day of political corruption and general despair. And, second, my friend, Dan Summerfield, is holding a monster yellow perch that he caught at Northwest Montana's Lone Pine Reservoir earlier this year.

President Obama Caves to Polluters

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Tell President Obama:
I am extremely disappointed in your decision to delay vital clean air standards.


Last Friday, the Obama administration announced that it would be withdrawing the proposed updated national ozone standards, delaying until at least 2013 a safeguard that would protect our families from dangerous smog pollution.

In making this decision, the Obama administration has caved to big polluters at the expense of protecting the air we breathe. It is a huge win for corporate polluters and a huge loss for public health.

Pink Salmon in Seattle on Puget Sound

Urban fishing for pinks in Elliot Bay, Seattle.

Beach and boat fly fishing for pink salmon

IFTD Day Three Wrapup

International Fly Tackle Dealer 2011

IFTD 2012 drew to a close with less of a bang than in previous years (when organizers wisely held the big casting contest to the end, thus holding a lot of the dealers as well). Many vendors reported that the show was down or just okay, while others stated that they'd been very busy and felt the show was a success. Unsurprisingly, those reports correlated pretty directly with the booths with the most big new product releases.