November 2006

November 2006

Let It Rain

Breathable fabrics and angling features combine in the latest generation of rain jackets

  • By: Ted Leeson

Short But Sweet

The brief season of high-altitude streams

  • By: John Gierach

Surviving the Nush

The pleasures and perils of roughing it in western Alaska

  • By: Greg Thomas

The 2006 International Fly-Tying Symposium

Sponsored by Fly Rod&Reel If you haven't yet heard of Tyler Befus, you certainly will over the next few years (and decades to come... ). Tyler is a crack angler--he holds two IGFA junior world records and is the youngest member of the Whiting Farms, Ross Reels and Rio pro staff teams. He's a fly designer

The Trip From Hell

... and how to avoid it

  • By: Cathy Beck
  • and Beau Beasley
  • Photography by: Barry Beck

A Traver Time-Out

Although some authors manage to make it look easy, writing a good short story is damn hard work. In fact, it's been my personal experience that writing even a bad piece of short fiction is no champagne brunch on the beach. Then, when you impose upon a writer some zany restriction--such as that his or

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Epic Floods Hit Delaware River Valley (again)

In June, for the third time in two years the Delaware River Valley was hit with a "200-year" flood event that turned normally docile Catskill streams into raging torrents. Although the flood waters have now receded and people are beginning to put their lives and businesses back together, it will be a

Cast from the Past

"A boat so well designed and constructed doesn't come cheap. Prices range from roughly $1,500 for a basic model to upwards of $3,000 for one that includes all imaginable amenities for the pampered angler. Maintenance on the metal or glass boats is minimal, though, and your drift boat should be river

Travel Trends: Hot Spots

The fly-fishing travel sector experienced a brief downturn following 9/11, but in the five years since then, things have improved. Bookings are up, and the next few years look to be good as the Baby Boom generation enters retirement and begins to travel more. A quick survey of some of the leading companies

Billionaire Trout Bum?

Usually the person found dozing underneath the table at a fly shop is a young trout bum who stayed up too late drinking beer and tying flies and never made it home. It's really not too big of a deal. On the other hand, finding the 52-year-old son of a Texas billionaire curled up asleep on the floor--and

Penobscot River to Open for Salmon Fishing

For the first time in almost seven years, fly-anglers will have a chance to (legally) catch wild Atlantic salmon from Maine's Penobscot River this fall. In June the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission voted to open a stretch of the river between the Veazie Dam and the site of the defunct Bangor Dam for

And who says fly-fishing is the quiet sport?

Last spring an alligator attacked a fly angler while he was fishing in Lake Istokpoga near central Florida. The Okeechobee News reported that Sam Crutchfield was wading in about four feet of water when the gator bit him. Crutchfield repeatedly punched the gator until it released him. He made it safely

FR&R's Gratuitous Fish Porn File

Toby Knapp of Stevensville, MT, caught this brown while backpacking on the South Island of New Zealand.

Pits in the Crown Jewels

It was a day of superlatives in a place of superlatives. I had thought I threw a long line until I watched the guy fishing with me--Steve Rajeff, who can cast farther than any other man on the planet [see: Ask FR&R July/October]. Together we eased down the clean gravel of the river that sustains the

  • By: Ted Williams

Angling with Raines

Plus, the trout whisperers and practical fly patterns

  • By: Seth Norman

Drift Boat Rowing 101

Everything you need to know to make a drift boat go

  • By: Bob White

Are You Fit To Fish?

You need a level of fitness and flexibility to enjoy long days on the water. Here's how to get there.

  • Photography by: L. Hisey

A Look Back at Summer...

the Black Canyon of the Gunnison

  • Photography by: Chris Giles

Pheasant Tail Nymph

The classic all-purpose nymph--with a modification or two

Can your Waders Kill You?

And, are nail knots good for saltwater?

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey