Fly-Fishing Loses An Innovator

We were saddened to learn that Dan Paradis, the founder and president of Loon Outdoors, passed away on March 22. Born in Minnesota in 1943, Dan received a degree in chemistry from the University of Washington and worked in the aerospace industry before founding Loon Outdoors. Based in Boise, Idaho, Loon

American Sportsman Curt Gowdy Dies

Legendary broadcaster Curt Gowdy passed away on February 20 at the age of 86. Known to a generation of baseball fans as the "voice of the Red Sox," Gowdy spent 15 years delivering the play-by-play for Boston. But Gowdy is perhaps best known for the 20 years he spent as the host of ABC's The American

Did You Know?

Temperature Check Although these data can vary from population to population, here is a general field-guide reference to trout and water temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit). Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Survival: 33-72 Optimal: 55-65 Spawning: 40-55 Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) Survival: 33-78 Optimal:

Gary's Book Mailer Lives On

In this age of impersonal, monolithic Web sites from which you can order practically everything, it is nice to know that quirky, organic mail-order catalogs still have a place. The Book Mailer is one such publication. Currently marking its 24th year in business, The Book Mailer is not your average catalog.

FR&R Online Brings You Fly-Tying Videos

Fly Rod&Reel is pleased to team up with Red Quill Productions to bring you the finest fly-tying videos on the Internet. Available exclusively at www.flyrodreel.com , these segments are free to stream to your computer. The footage was filmed at the 2005 International Fly Tying Symposium and features some

Salmon to Sea

Bill Erickson has a big summer ahead of him. Besides working as a river guide for venerable operator OARS and getting married (pretty big events in our book), Bill is undertaking a solo source-to-sea kayaking expedition on the Salmon River. In August Erickson will launch his kayak in Stanley, Idaho,

More Sources for Jungle Cock

In our March issue we mentioned Castle Arms Fishermen's Furs&Feathers as a source for jungle cock. We'd also like to point out that Kaufmann's Streamborn (800-442-4359; www.kman.com ) and Angler's Workshop (360-225-9445; www.anglersworkshop.com ) also carry the highly prized feathers.

Cast from the Past

If you think the writers themselves are whores, there's probably nothing I can say to change your mind, but I will point out for the record that every fishing writer I've ever talked to does this because he loves the life and the places where wild fish live and, even if he was tempted to sell out a place

2006 William Joseph Gear Sweepstakes Winners

In February we drew the names of the winners of $900 worth of William Joseph gear and apparel. The two lucky anglers are Mark Straughn (top) of Yorkville, Illinois; and Lee Chertavian of Wayland, Massachusetts. Both men are avid anglers and will definitely put this gear to use. Among the items they won

Old School: New School: Waders

You don't have to look back far to see how much waders have changed over the years. Heck, 20 years ago neoprene waders--those steamy saunas for your legs and nether regions--were considered state of the art; now they just seem barbaric. These days things are far more civilized. An angler now has the