No Shortage of God Days

  • By: Seth Norman
No Shortage of Good Days

It’s a tradition for good reason: reviews of new John Gierach collections begin by acknowledging his terrific popularity—a truly iconic status built by fans from scratch, even if Gierach might remind us it was Nick Lyons who first made his scratchings available to us. These tributes are a pleasure to write partly because it’s obvious that “iconic status” isn’t what Gierach is after. If you’re bold enough, or a little deluded, you may try to craft a phrase of praise as clean as those Gierach applies to a Bob White painting, some diner’s excellent blueberry pancake blue-plate breakfast, or an 11-inch cutthroat he seduces from some tricky small stream lie in a moment of golden light. (And if, by chance, such a preamble appears in this magazine, the man at the keys will admit, again, that Gierach has been one of FR&R’s own for decades—an obligatory FYI fair warning that, issued by a person of low morals, might also serve as a boast.)

The Wind Knot

  • By: Seth Norman
The Wind Knot

John D. Voelker AND Ernest Hemingway painted the waters of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula onto this country’s literary maps—forever, unless secessionist “Yoopers” harboring pre-Civil-War grudges triumph someday. Faint chance . . . but no revolution will steal names like Frenchman’s Pond and rivers Escanaba, Two-Hearted and Fox from a country of mind American fly-fishing readers consider our own.

Books

  • By: Seth Norman
Atlantic Salmon Magic

Reviews of: Atlantic Salmon Magic and The Dry Fly Gospel.

The Magic of the Adams

  • By: A. K. Best
  • Photography by: A. K. Best
The Magic of the Adams

Why an article about the Adams? Because I recently rediscovered the Adams as a lifesaver during what could otherwise have been a very frustrating day.

A few weeks ago, my friends Mike Clark and John Gierach invited me to fish some trout ponds not far from Boulder, Colorado that had been stocked with some rainbow/steelhead hybrids several years ago. We’ve fished these ponds several times over the past few years and knew the trout were large, very strong, extremely fast and would eagerly rise to midges. It was mid-April, so we assumed that midges would be the order of the day. I packed fly boxes loaded with midge adult, emerger and larva patterns in all the colors that had been successful in the past.

Fly Fishing Book Reviews

  • By: Seth Norman
Trout Lessons

Reviews of Trout Lessons, In Hemingway's Meadow, Love Story of the Trout and Charlie's Fly Box.

Reviewing: Opening Days, The Never-Ending Stream and Flytyers' Flies

  • By: Seth Norman
Opening Days

Opening Days:
A Fly Fisherman Writes
By Richard Chiappone

The Never-Ending Stream
A Tribute to Fly-Tying Form and Function
By Scott Sanchez

Flytyers’ Flies:
The Flies that Catch Fish
By Chris Sanford & Friends

EDITORS' PICK: Friends on the Water

  • By: Seth Norman
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Friends on the Water: Fly Fishing in Good Company pays homage to fly-fishing bonds in the images of one of our sport's premier photographers, who's also chosen essays and excerpts from 33 authors reporting on a special connection...

Books

  • By: Seth Norman
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Robert Behnke on trout and John Barr on flies

Trout Eyes and Slack Line Strategies

trout_eyes

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

The Secret Life of Bugs

  • By: Seth Norman

Plus, Lani Waller on steelhead and fly-fishing in war zones