April 2007

April 2007

No Guide Left Behind

Surviving a week at fishing-guide boot camp

  • By: Jim Reilly

Hardy Marksman Rods

Plus, Scott's X2S saltwater rod, and a waterproof fly box

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson

All You Need for Smallies

It's time to gear up for this season's smallmouth action

  • By: Chad Mason


Birding when bass aren't biting

  • By: John Gierach

Springtime on the Yakima

Forecast: heavy PMD's, with a chance of scattered sulfurs...

  • By: Robert Lyon
  • Photography by: Robyn Minkler

Does Fly-Fishing Have a Generation Gap?

This isn't the first time this question has been asked and we aren't the first to ask it. It's been floating around the fly-fishing world for years now. Every person has a different take on the state of the sport and how it got that way, but most of the conversations touch on the same issues: aging participants,

  • By: Ryan Davey
  • , Kelly Galloup
  • and John Gierach

Field-Test: The Latest In Waders

FR&R puts the top 20 pairs of new breathables through their paces

  • By: Ted Leeson


Here's a trivia question for you: Who said the following, and when? And where? The ancients wrote of the three ages of man; I propose to write of the three ages of the fisherman. When he wants to catch all the fish that he can. When he strives to catch the largest fish. When he studies to catch the most

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Damning Patagonia

In the remote Aysen region of Chilean Patagonia a multinational energy company is pursuing plans to build six dams on two rivers that would irreparably damage the natural beauty, and untapped fishing potential, of the region. Endesa, the company behind the development, seeks to build four dams on the

Feeding The System

Chris Tompkins likes dead fish. For the past four years he's spent every other autumn weekend loading his truck with a putrid soup of dead, decaying fish. Chris, whose day job is working as a research scientist, drives this nauseating load into the Cascade Mountains in Washington State from which the

Scott's Bamboo Rods

Scott's new SC rod series reflects the steady, if not growing, interest in the art and craft of cane rods. Scott has teamed with Bernard Ramanauskas, who at a relatively young age has already become an established name in the cane rod community. Ramanauskas and Scott are making a series of three two-piece

  • By: Buzz Bryson

The 2008 Traver Award

Do you have a fly-fishing essay or short story that has been burning a hole in your desk drawer or hard drive? Well here is your chance to get it read by professionals and possibly published in FR&R. The deadline for the 2007 Robert Traver Fly-fishing Writing Award is fast approaching, and we are anticipating

Cast from the Past

Simply put, the best way to catch smallmouth in rivers is to cover as much water as possible, so wade or float downstream, giving each likely spot a few casts. Tom Rosenbauer April 1987

'08 Readers' Choice Award

Let your voice be heard: We're currently accepting nominations for the 2008 FR&R Readers' Choice Award. If you have used a piece of gear that rises above the rest, we want to hear about it. The field is open to anything: rods, waders, reels, tippets, boats, boots--you name it. You can submit nominations

The High Lonesome Ranch

Colorado: Huge trout vs. trophy trout

  • By: Jim Reilly

Kings Motel & Flatline Outfitters

A 'Mom & Pop' fly-fishing business in Montana

  • By: Jerry Kustich

Nymph Tactics

Learning from fly-fishing and more

  • By: Seth Norman

The BWO Sub Emerger

An ace-in-the-hole

  • By: A. K. Best

Flyline Tapers

Or, no, that's not just an expensive piece of string

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson

Under the Influence of Ethanol

America's corn-based ethanol program carries high costs in fish, wildlife and tax dollars

  • By: Ted Williams