March 2007

March 2007

Fly-tying in the "Field"

No, we're not talking about that time when you whipped up a couple Black Caddis on the banks of the Madison with nothing more than a spoon, a Leatherman and some fuzz from your socks. That's cool, but here we're talking about fly-tying "in the field," i.e. Iraq. First sergeant Joe Cunningham is stationed

The 2007 Robert Traver Fly-fishing Writing Award

As we promised in our November/December 2006 issue [Editor's Notes], FR&R and the John D. Voelker Foundation have come up with a new and exciting way to honor and reward good writing about fly-fishing. This year we'll be opening our Traver Award competition to essays about fly-fishing as well as short

Cast from the Past

Who am I to argue with the experts? If a new soft-hackle pattern calls for the left anterior covert feather from a Bulgarian hen partridge, why take a chance with a simple chicken hackle that looks almost the same? Harry Campbell on fly-tying January/February 1989

The Winston Channel

When you think of the R. L. Winston Rod Company, a couple things immediately come to mind: green fly rods, tradition and high-end performance. But the folks in Twin Bridges, Montana, want to become synonymous with something else: fly-fishing movies. The company recently re-launched its Web site with

Simms' new waders, Sage's Z-Axis and more...

Orvis Tri-Spectrum Sunglasses Just last year, I wrote a roundup article on polarizing fishing glasses, the best of which were real eye-openers. While those products were still fairly fresh in my mind, I had the opportunity to check out the new Tri-Spectrum glasses from Orvis. Figuring I'd seen it all,

  • By: Darrel Martin
  • and Ted Leeson

The Meeting

A cold day on the river beats any day in the office

  • By: John Gierach

Wild At Heart

Catching wild trout in the rugged country of Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

  • By: Norm Zeigler

The Lee Wulff Master Collection

With the recent explosion of fly-fishing films on the Internet and elsewhere, it now seems timely to take a retrospective look at the man who was the pioneer of fly-fishing films, just as he pioneered so many aspects of our sport: the late Lee Wulff. In the days when cameras were bulky and film expensive,

CalTrout Wins Conservation Award

In the 37 years since it was founded, California Trout has done some amazing work to preserve trout and trout habitat. Recently, CalTrout was recognized for its efforts--the organization was selected as one of six recipients of the 2006 Chevron Conservation Award. CalTrout will receive $15,000 from Chervron,

Messing With Guides

I'm lucky enough to be able to fish with guides from time to time. Most of my guides during the past dozen years have given me an enjoyable, occasionally unforgettable, outing, and I have almost always learned something from each of them. The guide-client relationship in general is a fascinating one.

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Out of the Ashes: Giant Rainbows

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted with the force of 350 megatons of dynamite. The blast denuded 230 square miles of forest and sent 1.4 billion cubic yards of ash 15 miles into the sky. To say that the eruption was cataclysmic would be an understatement. Right in the path of the ash cloud and

Turneffe Flats Lodge

Tropical saltwater angling in Belize, any time of year

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Papoose Creek Lodge

An environmentally minded lodge on the Madison

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Reforming the Corps of Engineers

The Corps has tried to control nature. Now it's time to control the Corps.

  • By: Ted Williams

20 Years of Trout Bum

Remember the first time you picked up a copy of John Gierach's Trout Bum?

  • Photography by: Stephen Collector

Spey to Z

Plus, observations from Schullery

  • By: Seth Norman

A New Tie in Town

Hot new tying materials, and how to use them

  • By: Darrel Martin

Trapped Hackles

There's one step where hackling can go horribly awry. Here's how to avoid problems.

  • By: A. K. Best

A Diet of Worms

A defense of the San Juan Worm in two variations

  • By: Chad Mason

The After-Burner Wing

How to make perfect CDC mayfly wings every time

  • By: Darrel Martin

Thread Flies

I love an intricate fly as much as the next guy, but I have also found that sometimes the difficult patterns don't catch as many fish as the simple, easy ones...

  • By: Tee Clarkson
  • Photography by: Richard Procopio

The Black Nose Dace

A weighted streamer for the early season

  • By: A. K. Best

Is Your Fly Rod Too Fast?

Plus, avoiding tailing loops, and an angler's fear of failure

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson