Best Use of Catch-and-Release

"At the time of his blind date with Ms. Taylor, he had been divorced for two years and was living in an Upper East Side bachelor pad filled with hunting trophies. 'Women to him were like fish,' said Sissy Yates, his sister-in-law. 'It was a catch-and-release kind of thing.'" --From The New York Times

Project Healing Waters

First lieutenant Eivind Forseth grew up fly-fishing on the Yellowstone River. But while serving with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq, he was hit by an IED that shattered the bones in his right arm and paralyzed his right hand. Following a medical evacuation to Walter Reed Army Medical Center,

Cast from the Past

"A boat so well designed and constructed doesn't come cheap. Prices range from roughly $1,500 for a basic model to upwards of $3,000 for one that includes all imaginable amenities for the pampered angler. Maintenance on the metal or glass boats is minimal, though, and your drift boat should be river

FR&R's Gratuitous Fish Porn File

Toby Knapp of Stevensville, MT, caught this brown while backpacking on the South Island of New Zealand.

Billionaire Trout Bum?

Usually the person found dozing underneath the table at a fly shop is a young trout bum who stayed up too late drinking beer and tying flies and never made it home. It's really not too big of a deal. On the other hand, finding the 52-year-old son of a Texas billionaire curled up asleep on the floor--and

And who says fly-fishing is the quiet sport?

Last spring an alligator attacked a fly angler while he was fishing in Lake Istokpoga near central Florida. The Okeechobee News reported that Sam Crutchfield was wading in about four feet of water when the gator bit him. Crutchfield repeatedly punched the gator until it released him. He made it safely

Travel Trends: Hot Spots

The fly-fishing travel sector experienced a brief downturn following 9/11, but in the five years since then, things have improved. Bookings are up, and the next few years look to be good as the Baby Boom generation enters retirement and begins to travel more. A quick survey of some of the leading companies

Epic Floods Hit Delaware River Valley (again)

In June, for the third time in two years the Delaware River Valley was hit with a "200-year" flood event that turned normally docile Catskill streams into raging torrents. Although the flood waters have now receded and people are beginning to put their lives and businesses back together, it will be a

Penobscot River to Open for Salmon Fishing

For the first time in almost seven years, fly-anglers will have a chance to (legally) catch wild Atlantic salmon from Maine's Penobscot River this fall. In June the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission voted to open a stretch of the river between the Veazie Dam and the site of the defunct Bangor Dam for

Saving the Rainbows of San Diego County

In October 2003 a hunter lost in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest built a signal fire that grew out of control and sparked one of the largest wildfires in the nation's history. The Cedar Fire burned for five days, scorched 273,000 acres and destroyed 2,200 homes. Among the habitat and