Short Casts

  • By: Adrienne Comeau
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Intruders for Steel Tying creativity for its own sake. jThe first time I fly-fished FOR STEELHEAD WAS on a warm February day on a small stream just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. Although I was happy just to have a cast turn over and to shoot some line, my fishing buddy landed two hot, chrome, wild winter fish.

Short Casts

  • By: Nadia White
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The cinnamon sow flipped rocks with a laconic, long-clawed paw, moving slowly through her options like a teenage boy vaguely disappointed with the contents of the refrigerator. Her year-old cub wandered in her path, picking up leftovers.

Short Casts

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  • and Tom Montgomery
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New Bear Safety And Conflict Tactics.

Treadwell didn’t listen. You should.

by Tom Smith

 

An Angle On Art

  • By: Bob White
  • Illustrations by: Becca Schlaff
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Becca Schlaff’s Tributes to the Colors of Fish

 

Guide Flies

  • By: Brian Chan
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Tying a Fair Damsel

Update

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The challenges facing native fish aren’t limited to a single watershed, species or geography, or to salt or fresh water—they are global. Overfishing, introduction of invasive species, destruction of habitat and spawning grounds, man-made pollution and general lack of data are universal factors that endanger native fish, whether they are wild cutthroat in the Rockies, bonefish in the Florida Keys, permit off the Yucatan Peninsula . . . or even Slovenia’s softmouth trout.

guide flies

  • By: Kelly Galloup
  • Photography by: Louis Cahill
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The first time I took a fly pattern to a manufacturer was back in 1980, and since then I’ve submitted many, many more. For me it was a relatively easy process because there were very few people submitting new patterns at that time; now, as an established fly designer (and a shop owner for more than 30 years) it’s even less of a chore.

Project

  • By: Zach Matthews
  • Photography by: Zach Matthews
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I NEARLY TRIPPED OVER the shed antler, one side of what had been an impressive 10-point whitetail buck’s rack. It was concealed in the leaf litter, slightly mossy and gnawed a bit by rodents (probably squirrels), but it was still beautiful. I zipped it into my pack and continued hiking up the Appalachian creekside trail, following the blue blazes and yelling for my buddy James to “Wait up!”

Personal History

  • Photography by: Brian O'Keefe
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Sometimes things work out. And sometimes they don’t. All right, picture this, ALMOST than 25 years ago: I’m the newly minted associate editor of this magazine (at the time, it was still called Rod & Reel, the Fly coming later). I’m newly married. I’m on my honeymoon. To top it off, my wife and I are spending that honeymoon in Belize, for our first flats fishing experience.

Short Casts

  • By: Brent Prettyman
  • Photography by: Brent Prettyman
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>Northeast Utah’s Green River harbors up to 20,000 trout per mile; thanks to flushing flows in 2011 those fish are now feeding on improved aquatic insect hatches and growing fast.