January 2004

January 2004

Angler of the Year

Fishing for Albacore with Ted Williams, FR&R's 2003 Angler of the Year.

  • By: Paul Guernsey

A Tackle Showcase

Here are a few of our favorite items from the most recent fly-fishing trade show

  • By: Darrel Martin
  • , Buzz Bryson
  • and Ted Leeson

Reader's Choice Award

Sage XP Rods

  • By: Buzz Bryson

The FR&R Angling Expedition Sweepstakes

Win the Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle... and drive it to your choice of three incomparable angling adventures!

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Action Optics Sol-x Sunglasses

Remember the catchy tune with the lyrics"sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug?" Well, think of Rain-X, the product that makes water (and bugs) roll off your windshield. Perhaps it was some country singer on a Harley who put these two ideas together to waterproof his sunglasses,

  • By: Rick Ruoff

Win The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle

Win this one-of-a-kind Ford Expedition AND and a fly-fishing trip... or one of 42 other exciting prizes

Vermont's Fabled Snow Trout

Pursuing one of the world's most elusive game fish

  • By: David Cleveland

The Red And The Black

Gulf Coast drum come in two colors...

  • By: E. Donnall Thomas

RIO's Windcutter Interchangeable Tip Spey Fly Line

Once again, RIO understands the Spey line.

  • By: Darrel Martin

Thomas & Thomas Double-Handed Fly Rods

The growing popularity of two-handed fly rods.

  • By: Rick Kustich

Banana River

Fishing in central Florida's Saltwater Wilderness.

Scientific Anglers Wet Tip Express Fly Line

Smooth casting with a level sinking head.

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Bushwhacking for Bull Trout

It started the way many fly-fishing trips do, a little vague and forbidding, but loaded with possibility. A friend described a place where large westslope cutthroat trout to 20 inches and bull trout to 20 pounds could be found-a remote British Columbia stream that required a challenging hike through

  • By: Greg Thomas

Awards Introduction

This year, FR&R honors one of its own, Conservation editor Ted Williams, as the 2004 Angler of the Year. We can think of no one more deserving of the AOY Award; quite simply, we believe Ted to be America's finest and most courageous conservation writer, and we feel extremely lucky to have him on our

Two-Fisted Fishing

I grew up as a deprived youngster-although I was scarcely aware of it at the time, and it left no permanent scars. By deprived I mean that my fishing life consisted entirely of catching brook trout on worms, dunking crayfish for smallmouth bass and twirling minnows in the tidal current for snapper blues.

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Permit Paradise

Focused flats angling in southern Belize

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Saving the North Woods

Nothing like this has ever been attempted anywhere.

  • By: Ted Williams

John Gierach's Latest

Plus, a John Holt novel, and stories by Scott Waldie.

  • By: Seth Norman

The Callibaetis Spinner

The preferred food of finicky fish

  • By: A. K. Best

Cause And Effect

I'll occasionally see a reference to "overlining" or "underlining" a rod. What is the practical effect of casting a line one line-weight heavier than the rod is designated for? And what is the effect of casting a line one size smaller than the rod? The answer depends not only on the designated weights

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson