March 2008

March 2008

Fly Tying: The Pheasant Tail Emerger

A classic steps out

  • By: Chad Mason

The Latest in Wading Boots


The ongoing changes in fly tackle are sometimes easily explained. A new technology-graphite, or waterproof/breathable fabrics-presents possibilities that are then busily exploited for several seasons. But other flurries of change are less scrutable...

  • By: Ted Leeson

The Cold Shame of Winter Steelhead

Not for the faint of heart nor the weak of spirit

  • By: Scott Sadil

Fly Tying: The San Juan Worm Ball

What could be better than one San Juan Worm? A bunch of them.

  • By: Dan Fink

Knots You Need to Know

Double surgeon      s loop and blood knot

Big fish can take your breath away and make your knees buckle. It might be a 20-inch rainbow, sucking down size 22, maybe size 24 Blue-Wing Olives, in a glassy smooth run. Or it could be the sight of your first 10-pound bonefish, slowly cruising a huge flat... In the former, you're trying to watch

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Win a Winston Rod & Bob White Prints


It's been 16 years, and soon-to-be 100 issues, since John Gierach and Bob White teamed up to create the "Sporting Life" column that graces the back pages of FR&R. To celebrate the 100th column (which will appear in July/October '08) we have partnered with Bob and the folks at the Winston Rod Company

The Mining Law of 1872


The law that time forgot

  • By: Ted Williams



In the back seat of my car my fly rod is still strung up with the big streamer I'd last used in October in a desperate, Hail Mary attempt to catch a smallmouth bass before winter's onset. It was cold, the wind was howling and I gave up after the time it takes to drink one beer. Now I'll settle into my

  • By: Jim Reilly

Hunting Huge Pike

in northern Saskatchewan

  • By: Jim Reilly

Trout Eyes and Slack Line Strategies


Trout Eyes are what you need to see in a special way, a feat mostly of training the mind to detect lines, shadows, anomalies.

Roy's Biot Emergers

Roy Palm probably knows Colorado's Frying Pan River better than any other living person. He has fished it, guided it, and in fact lived just a few yards from it for more than 20 years. He knows all too well how finicky the large trout can get during the numerous hatches that occur there on a daily

  • By: A. K. Best

Haunted by the Skagit


There are plenty of stories about not catching steelhead, so why tell another? Maybe because fishermen have always been prouder of their successes than they deserve to be, but also more haunted by their failures. Or maybe because the unlikelihood of catching these things defines the sport and makes those

  • By: John Gierach

More on Fleece

More on Fleece Thanks to Buzz Bryson ["Ask FR&R," Jan/Feb '08] for explaining why fleece is so valuable in increasing enjoyment in our outdoor experiences. He triggered some further thoughts on this topic. There is a larger environmental concern here about use of plastics in our sport, in general.

Stack Mends Fly Flotant & Cleaning Fish

Can you explain a "stack mend" to me? When? How? A stack mend is used to create a pile, or stack, of line to facilitate a drag-free drift, typically on a downstream-and-across presentation that crosses multiple current seams. In its simplest form, the angler is feeding line directly downstream from his