Summer 2010

Readers respond about David Hughes, the A-Bar ranch and angler of the year.


Patagonian Mice?
I’d like to thank Jerry Gibbs for doing such a professional job of chronicling his experience of fishing with us here in Chilean Patagonia…

Revisiting Henry’s Fork
I enjoyed Greg Thomas’ (always well-written) article on the return of the Henry’s Fork (Autumn 2010). But as former chair of Trout Unlimited’s National Resources Board…

Spring Letters

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

I read the FR&R March 2010 story of a new record steelhead, caught on the Hoh River. Upon my cursory reading, I stupidly e-mailed “Shame on Harrison for killing the steelhead; shame on Joan Wulff for endorsing the story; shame on IGFA for requiring steelhead be killed to qualify for a world record; and shame on FR&R for printing it.”

Reader Letters

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Professor Buzz, recently you were queried about barbless verses barbed hooks. And, unfortunately, your response was (technically/scientifically) incorrect. Actually, there aren’t two sides to this story, there are three: barbed versus pinched; and barbed versus barbless. Please let me explain


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After reading your article on cold feet I was compelled to send you some information about a product I have used over the last couple years. My passion for steelhead puts me in some cold and unforgiving environments. Cold feet are an everyday occurrence. I met a fellow steelhead fisherman some time ago named Tony Gullo. Tony owns a sock company called Tech Spun. Tony’s sock concept is a two-part system just as you have described in your article—a thin liner and a heavyweight insulating sock. When I first met Tony I was steelhead fishing but out of the river trying to get my feet warm. Through conversation Tony offered to send me a pair of socks and I have to tell you they are worth checking out. I have several pairs to date and they wear like iron. I cannot tell the first pair from the new ones. Tony recommended that I size up my boots for proper fit and this has made all the difference. I routinely am on the river all day in water temps in the 30s. Tony has two insulating weight socks available. If you have the opportunity you should contact Tony. He’s got a great product that works—www.techspun.com.
Rick Aspinwall
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Like the Pike

Looking at the pike photo essay in the June issue “Pike of the Midnight Sun” took me back to my boyhood days more than 40 years ago in Michigan’s Upper Pennisula (I am an ex-patriot now). My buddy and I would take my dad’s duck boat into the harbor in Menominee. We were 10 years old and on summer vacation, which meant a lot of fishing. We would regularly catch “northerns,” as we called them. We always fished as a pair because it took both of us to haul the fish into the boat. To get them home we had hooks made from coat hangers stuck into the handlebar grips of our Schwinn balloon-tire bikes. The trick was to keep two pike that were the same size so the bike would balance. Usually, 8 inches of tail would drag and that would make them 48 to 50 inches long. We would ride past office windows going home for lunch. The next day there would be 10 men from that office fishing our spot during their breaks! I really miss those fun-filled days and your articles always transport me out of the cubicle farm. I plan on fishing back there in the UP when I retire. By then I’ll be so old I’ll still need a buddy to help me get the fish into the boat!
Peter Dallman
Irvine, CA

Sneaky Tactics
I received a subscription to your magazine as a Christmas present from my son-in-law and have found it to be my favorite reading. Your articles are always entertaining and educational. I especially enjoyed the June article “The Approach” by Galen Mercer. I really need to work on a sneaky approach and his article fits the bill. This is definitely a subscription I will renew.
Larry Tucker
Hayden, ID

Presentation Mayfly

We received many responses to our Presentation mayfly quiz last issue. In sending his correct answer Yellow Quill or Epeorus, Rick Sanders of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho wrote “I understand that they are delicious.” We’ll choose two other winners at random and will notify them by e-mail. Each will receive a collectible fly-fishing print. Thanks to Ted Leeson and bug guru Rick Hafele for their assistance in verifying the bug’s identity.

Hawaiian Bones
It was with some interest I read the article last issue in Short Casts on Hawaiian bonefish. I have been fly-fishing for bonefish on the island of Kauai for the last two years with some limited success. What was not mentioned in the article was the size of the environment to be fished. Kauai might have 5 square miles of bonefish flats. If you are going to Kauai to bonefish you better have a Plan B for the rest of your time. This isn’t the Keys or the Bahamas with miles and miles of flats. If you go, good flats boots are a must. The “flats” are all dead coral reef, which is extremely sharp and is difficult to walk on. There are large bonefish and you might actually see two or three in a day’s fishing, but you will not see tailing fish as the water the fish occupy is too deep.
Paul Franko
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