June 2006

June 2006

Through a Glass Darkly

A good pair of polarizing glasses may well be your most important piece of fishing gear

The Unbeatable Beaverhead

Through thick and thin, 'The Beav' has been Montana's premier big-fish river

  • By: Norm Zeigler

The Best Rods for Bass

... Some of them work great in salt water, too

  • By: Jim Dean

Bass in the Burbs

How to find largemouths in your backyard

  • By: Chad Mason

The Fish of 600 Casts

Fly-fishing for musky

  • By: John Gierach

Salmon to Sea

Bill Erickson has a big summer ahead of him. Besides working as a river guide for venerable operator OARS and getting married (pretty big events in our book), Bill is undertaking a solo source-to-sea kayaking expedition on the Salmon River. In August Erickson will launch his kayak in Stanley, Idaho,

Did You Know?

Temperature Check Although these data can vary from population to population, here is a general field-guide reference to trout and water temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit). Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Survival: 33-72 Optimal: 55-65 Spawning: 40-55 Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) Survival: 33-78 Optimal:

More Sources for Jungle Cock

In our March issue we mentioned Castle Arms Fishermen's Furs&Feathers as a source for jungle cock. We'd also like to point out that Kaufmann's Streamborn (800-442-4359; www.kman.com ) and Angler's Workshop (360-225-9445; www.anglersworkshop.com ) also carry the highly prized feathers.

Gary's Book Mailer Lives On

In this age of impersonal, monolithic Web sites from which you can order practically everything, it is nice to know that quirky, organic mail-order catalogs still have a place. The Book Mailer is one such publication. Currently marking its 24th year in business, The Book Mailer is not your average catalog.

2006 William Joseph Gear Sweepstakes Winners

In February we drew the names of the winners of $900 worth of William Joseph gear and apparel. The two lucky anglers are Mark Straughn (top) of Yorkville, Illinois; and Lee Chertavian of Wayland, Massachusetts. Both men are avid anglers and will definitely put this gear to use. Among the items they won

FR&R Online Brings You Fly-Tying Videos

Fly Rod&Reel is pleased to team up with Red Quill Productions to bring you the finest fly-tying videos on the Internet. Available exclusively at www.flyrodreel.com , these segments are free to stream to your computer. The footage was filmed at the 2005 International Fly Tying Symposium and features some

Cast from the Past

If you think the writers themselves are whores, there's probably nothing I can say to change your mind, but I will point out for the record that every fishing writer I've ever talked to does this because he loves the life and the places where wild fish live and, even if he was tempted to sell out a place

Old School: New School: Waders

You don't have to look back far to see how much waders have changed over the years. Heck, 20 years ago neoprene waders--those steamy saunas for your legs and nether regions--were considered state of the art; now they just seem barbaric. These days things are far more civilized. An angler now has the

Crescent H Ranch

The Snake River and Jackson Hole at their finest

  • By: Buzz Bryson

A Cautionary Tale

Rogue ranchers threaten Western trout water

  • By: Ted Williams

Shades of Grey

Seatrout may have a reputation for a soft mouth and weak right, but they are a great target for shore-bound anglers

  • By: Peter Morgan

Dances With Sharks

Plus, a book on staying physically 'Fit to Fish'

  • By: Seth Norman

Update: New Zealand Mud Snails

New Zealand mud snails are here to stay, and they are spreading. That's the bottom line from scientists and conservationists who monitor these tiny invasive organisms. First observed on Idaho's Snake River in 1987, the mud snails are now established in many of the West's best trout rivers--including

A Driftboat Roundup

and Sage's new VT2 rods

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Sulphur Quill Dun

A springtime standby

  • By: A. K. Best

Bass: Outfishing the Rubber-Worm Crowd

... and the truth about chemically sharpened hooks

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey