April 2008

April 2008

Essay: After the Fire

I can stare directly at the sun all day  It      s just a blood red ball up in the sky  The smoke and the never ending heat   it

A trip into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness finds fish and new life amid the ashes

  • By: John Holt

Six Big Smallie Streamers


Flies guaranteed to catch smallmouths all across the country

  • By: Harry Murray

The Epic Salmon of Russia's Kola Peninsula


A once-in-a-lifetime trip to the best salmon river in the world

  • By: Greg Thomas

Mud Hole Browns


Don't ignore the dark water for big trout

  • By: Chad Mason

Editor's Notes


I was on the day's 99th cast when I realized how much I missed doing this. As I fired off another hopeful presentation with my 10-weight, I looked up the shoreline to see dolphins surfing through the rolling waves of the Caribbean Sea. Ten minutes earlier, my wife, Robin, had jumped a 150-or-so-pound

  • By: Joe Healy

Short Casts


Updating the TU's stream-access debate, contest info and more.

High Lonesome Ranch


De Beque, Colorado

  • By: John Gierach

New Gear

The Bauer Rogue is a useful and intelligent design from a company already notable for high quality large arbor reels

March 2008: Bauer's Rogue Reel, new tying vises and material

Gear Review: 13 Budget and Backup Rods

Temple Fork Outfitters   Jim Teeny

$200 can buy a lot of rod these days

  • By: Ted Leeson



Robert Behnke on trout and John Barr on flies

  • By: Seth Norman

10-Minute Ties

Soft Hackle Little Yellow Stone

  • By: A. K. Best

Sporting Life


A trip down Tennessee way

  • By: John Gierach


More steelhead, canoe anchors, worm balls and the lives of fly rods

Ask FR&R

Mastering the strip strike is critical if you want to hook certain saltwater species such as tarpon  Try NOT to lift the rod

Mastering the strip-strike, how to recycle your leaders and calculate a fish's weight.

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Who Hates Trout Rivers?

The Elk River flows out of the Appalachian Mountains and is one of the few rivers in West Virgina with wild rainbows  browns and

West Virginia is soiling some of the East's finest wild-trout water

  • By: Ted Williams