The Better Part (Or Half) of Valor

  • By: Will Rice
  • Photography by: Will Rice
Debora Rice with Nanci Morris, hoisting an Alaska char.

Nanci Morris Lyons is one of the best guides in southwest Alaska, so my wife Debra just grinned and nodded when Nanci told her, “No husband should ever try to teach his wife how to drive a car, pilot a plane or use a fly rod. Come on out to Bristol Bay and I’ll show you how to cast a fly without developing all of Rice’s bad habits.”

Guides as Teachers

  • By: Jim Dean
  • Photography by: Cathy Beck
  • and Barry Beck
Guides Teaching

It’s a waste of money to hire a guide to take you fishing. Say what? I’ll put it another way. If your reason for hiring a guide is simply to catch a lot of fish, you’ll be happy with the result most of the time. But if that’s your only goal, you’re squandering a superb opportunity to significantly improve your fly-fishing skills.

School Matters

  • By: Kathy Scott
  • Photography by: Kathy Scott
Lawrence High Fly-fishing Club

Fly Fishers always have the same reaction. When I say, “We offer fly-fishing to all 8th graders in phys-ed classes. And I’m the co-advisor of the Varsity Fly Fishing Club at the high school,” that news sinks in for a minute. Then they always say, “Wow, I wish I’d gone to your school!”

Spring Bonus: The Living Flies of Kelly Galloup

  • By: Greg Thomas

In the Spring 2010 issue of Fly Rod & Reel, Montana-based streamer maniac Kelly Galloup talks about the designs of his living streamer flies (the Sex Dungeon is seen here):

Spreading Tenkara

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

San Francisco’s Daniel Galhardo is the country’s leading proponent of tenkara. "Tenkara is a form of fly-fishing that originated in the mountain streams of Japan. It has a very long history. Some speculate that it goes back at least some 400 years. Tenkara was practiced by professional anglers in the mountain villages of Japan."