June 2004

June 2004

A Quarter Century of Fly Rod & Reel

Back in 1979, FR&R-then Rod And Reel-started life as a fishing magazine with a difference. From the beginning, founding editor John Merwin expressed a bold, maybe even reckless, willingness to step outside the hidebound hook-and-bullet mold and experiment a bit. Perhaps the most startling-and risky-thing

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

New Offerings From Top Makers

The latest in Bauer reels, Winston rods... and a Loon Outdoors cornucopia

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Seeing Stripes in Northern California

Angling for striped bass in the rivers and bays of the Left Coast

  • By: Mark Tompkins

Nebraska

Fishing for prairie lake largemouths

  • By: John Gierach

Straight From The Source

Eight top rod designers discuss flyrod action

  • By: Ted Leeson

Glory Days

My spring, 1979 semester at the University of Arizona was like a country song: filled with little but hard work, heartache and hangovers, and I couldn't wait to get the hell out of Tucson. Almost as soon as I'd finished my last final exam, I packed my pickup truck and headed for Alaska. Along the way

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Bonefishing for Stripers

Angling on the saltwater flats of Long Island Sound

  • By: Ted Williams

A Vampire Story

... Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the lamprey

  • By: Ted Williams

Mike Lawson's 'Spring Creeks'

Plus, striped bass 'On The Run,' and two books by Stephen Bodio

  • By: Seth Norman

The Grand Finale

Guess Who Won The Biggest Prize In The History Of Fly-Fishing?

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

A Look Back at Anglers of the Years

1985 Art Flick It is no small wonder why FR&R (just R&R back then) chose Art Flick as the very first Angler of the Year. Few anglers before or since have influenced fly-fishing as much as Art Flick. He is best known for two monumental books that marked the advent of a new period of American fly-fishing.

Simple Nymphs

Tying A.K.'s Quill Body RS 2

  • By: A. K. Best

Streamer Strategies

Plus, rod "tracking" and "tip-bounce" defined; A brief history of catch-and-release

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson