July 2007

July 2007

The Match Before the Hatch

Strategies for taking the guesswork out of fishing nymphs and emergers

  • By: John Larison

Third-Rate Trout Streams

It's always good to get home after a long road trip, but it sometimes takes a specific act of will to go home. That's why the drive back is so often passed in the kind of anticlimactic silence that descends when there's simply nothing left to say. It's not that you could--or would--spend the rest of

  • By: John Gierach

A River That Time Forgot

A visit to the Pitt: Vancouver's lost river valley

  • By: Alexei Boyanowsky
  • and Ehor Boyanowsky

TU in Turmoil

A stream-access issue roils fly-fishing's leading conservation organization

  • By: Jeff Hull

Gear Review: Vest Packs

Any long-distance wader or hike-in angler needs one of these. Here's what's out there.

  • By: Ted Leeson

Fishing Down on the Farm

How to find and fish the ultimate largemouth pond

  • By: Chad Mason

Taking a Bow

What is the most important milestone in an angler's career? Most fly-fishers would probably tell you it's that usually awkward, always triumphant, moment when you hook and land your first fish on a fly. My own first fly-caught trout came from the Little Beaverkill, just upriver from Junction Pool in

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Final Countdown

It's the End of The World as We Know It... And We're Going Fishing

Prehistoric Fish Porn

So 25,000 years ago a guy in southern France went fishing and caught an Atlantic salmon. It was pretty big and he was rather proud of himself. His cave-mate was suitably impressed when he brought it back to her for dinner. Like all fishermen, though, he wanted something to show his buddies just how big

2008 Readers' Choice Award

Let your voice be heard! Do you have a favorite piece of gear remarkable for its quality, performance or longevity? Well, let us know. We are currently taking nominations for the 2008 FR&R Readers' Choice Award. The award is open to any item or piece of gear used while fly-fishing--vises, scissors,

Jack Sampson (1922 - 2007)

Former FR&R Saltwater columnist Jack Sampson died in March, just shy of his 85th birthday. Jack began writing FR&R's Saltwater column in 1989 and for 10 years he shared his tales of chasing permit and marlin around the world. Jack was a pioneering angler who wrote some of the definitive books

Trout Bum Diaries Volume 2: Kiwi Camo

If you haven't seen The Angling Exploration Group's new DVD, you're missing out. AEG's sophomore effort is a tight, polished film full of the same excitement and intensity that made Volume 1 an instant classic. Capturing four months that the AEG guys and friends spent on the road chasing trout in New

Casts from the Past

The White Pickup Truck Solution:

The day My Mother Left

FR&R contributing editor James Prosek has a new book out. "The Day My Mother Left" is a novel for young adults that tells the story of a young boy who turns to nature to cope with his parents' divorce. For more information, visit www.jamesprosek.com .

The Gallatin River Lodge

In Yellowstone Country, stay at the center of it all

  • By: Rod Walinchus

Where Baitfish Don't Belong

Wild trout water more beautiful than northern Maine's Big Reed Pond doesn't exist. It is embraced by one of the few remaining old-growth forests in the East. It is one of about 307 lakes in the nation (305 in Maine) that still sustain native brook trout undefiled by hatchery genes and one of only 14

  • By: Ted Williams

Summer Stripers

From May through October massive schools of striped bass migrate up and down the East Coast. The stripers move into river mouths, estuaries and onto sand bars to chomp bait. And it is to such places fly anglers also migrate. If the tide is right and the fish are in, the summer striper action can be phenomenal.

  • Photography by: David Skok

A Passion for Steelhead

Plus a comprehensive look at rigs and tactics

  • By: Seth Norman

The Biot Flavilinea

A variation to fool the trickiest trout

  • By: A. K. Best

Journalist, author, historian David Halberstam

Editor's note: Just as we were preparing to ship this issue to the printer, David Halberstam was killed in an April 23 car crash. This, undoubtedly, is one of the last interviews Halberstam ever gave, and the thing that impresses us most about it is what

  • By: Stephen Camelio

Letters

Generation Gap Our 'Generation Gap' essays in June provoked discussion concerning whether an angler could or should be judged by his age, his equipment, clothes--or lack thereof-- or choice of beverage. To add your comments, visit flyrodreel.com . Regarding the "Does Fly-Fishing Have a Generation Gap?"

Putting It All Together

Assembling a rod; what is 'modulus' anyway; and booting up

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson