July 2008

July 2008

WEB BONUS: Baja Flies

From the top  Tuna Tux  Amigo  JPs Sardina and Crease Fly

Four fly patterns that Baja guide Gary Bulla uses to put clients on ocean fish.

  • By: Scott Sadil

Refusal Analysis

Trout have a blind spot immediately in front of their nose  which can lead to false refusals

Why trout refuse to eat your fly, and what you can do to change their fishy minds.

  • By: Trapper Badovinac

500 Grains of Baja Adventure


Fast-sinking lines, big flies, ocean-going kayaks and an endless array of species- it must be Baja, Mexico. Travel to the coast of La Paz to learn how it's done, by kayak...

  • By: Scott Sadil
  • Photography by: Gary Bulla

100th Sporting Life: Works of Art


A celebration of the collaboration of John Gierach and Bob White.

  • By: John Gierach

Editor's Notes


Working with John Gierack

  • By: Joe Healy

Herring Hearsay


In what should be America's most important river-herring refuge, superstition suppresses these imperiled fish.

  • By: Ted Williams

EDITORS' PICK: Friends on the Water


Friends on the Water: Fly Fishing in Good Company pays homage to fly-fishing bonds in the images of one of our sport's premier photographers, who's also chosen essays and excerpts from 33 authors reporting on a special connection...

  • By: Seth Norman

The CDC Detached Body Mayfly

CDC Detached Body Mayfly

From Europe comes an inventive mayfly pattern with an easy-to-make extended body and a floats-like-a-cork CDC wing.

  • By: Barry Ord Clarke

Short Casts

Why Fly Fish

Why Fly Fishing? A new DVD asks, and answers, this very question. By Jim Butler It all started at the Yale Peabody Museum, really. The Peabody was making plans to display a traveling exhibit from the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF), called "Seeing Wonders: The Nature of Fly Fishing."

  • By: James Butler

Call of the Wild Cutthroats


Fishing for cutthroat trout in the backcountry of Montana's Glacier National Park takes a little bit of fortitude-which means check your bear-anoia at the park entrance.

  • By: R. C. Hooker
  • Photography by: Darrel Coverdell
  • and Clint Walker

Shallow Popping

The position of the hook eye can effect how a popper behaves on the water  Chico says  as can the hackles with which the tail is

Tactics and strategies for surface fishing in the coastal shallows.

  • By: Chico Fernandez

WEB BONUS: Be Bear Aware!

Bear Pepper Mace

The author of "Call of the Wild Cutthroats" offers some tips on staying safe in bear country...

  • By: A. J. Somerset
  • and A. J. Hand
  • Photography by: Al Caucci
  • and Adriano Manocchia
  • Illustrations by: Albert Haas Jr.
  • , Al Ristori
  • and A. J. Hand

The Winged Beetle


Every beetle I've ever seen on the water has its wing tips visible just behind the shell back halves. This usually amounts to about 25 percent of the insect's total silhouette. Yet all the beetle patterns I see in catalogs and in fly shops have no wing tips showing. I think it's

  • By: A. K. Best

O Crappie Days!


The Speckled panfish does take flies.

  • By: Chad Mason

Tippet-to-Leader Knots


And examining bug behavior.

Staying on Top

Modern flotants include pastes  gels  liquids  powders  beads and fumes

Keep your flies floating where the fish want them by using today's flotants in the most effective ways.

  • By: Darrel Martin

WEB BONUS: More on Flotants


July/October 2008 Bonus!

WEB BONUS: Do-It-Yourself Flotant Holder

Make this yourself

Here is a simple and effective method for making a flotant holder for your fly vest. You will need a 2-inch wide elastic strip and 3/4 inch wide nylon strapping; a 3/4 inch strap keeps everything small and light. These materials are available at many out-door or sewing retailers.

  • By: Darrel Martin