Category Archives: History

Tom Karrow: “Ghost Stories”

A research initiative by veteran guide and instructor Tom Karrow aims to document the lives of pioneering bonefish guides of the Bahamas.  Karrow hopes to use their experience to design resource management plans for the islands. The project, “Ghost Stories,” will result … more

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Hemingway Collection Digitized

While his prose may be sparse, Hemingway hoarded. And a new collection of his gatherings containing everything from telegraphs, old shoes, and editing notes has been digitized and is on display online thanks to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library … more

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Saber-Toothed Salmon

During the Miocene to Pliocene eras in the Pacific Northwest, a salmon measuring over 6.5 feet long swam the waters. Recent scans of a saber-toothed salmon skull found near Madras, Oregon are featured in an online gallery of The Museum of … more

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Smaller Big Fish

Key West is a legendary fishery and generations of anglers have returned with stories and photos of their biggest catch. However, by examining historical photographs of the area from the 1950s to present, researcher Loren McClenachan has found that the … more

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Video Hatch: “Interview with Mr. John Bailey: A River Runs Through It”

In this fascinating interview, Monica Bennet sits down with John Bailey to talk about his experiences as the fly fishing advisor on the set of the film “A River Runs Through It.”

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Hemingway’s Idea of Paradise

It’s no surprise that Ernest Hemingway’s ideal property would involve a trout stream “that no one else was allowed to fish.” Read more about what else would exist in his idea of paradise, recently excerpted from one of his personal … more

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Video Hatch: “The Brook Trout of Minipi by Lee Wulff”

In this footage from 1986, Lee Wulff and Curt Gowdy explore the waters of Minipi, famous for their brook trout. Wild trout in their native waters, it doesn’t get any better.

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World’s Largest Fish

Found in a quarry near Peterborough, England, a nearly complete skeleton of an ancient fish known as Leedsichthys problematicus is giving scientists a better picture of a species that is considered to have been the largest fish in the world.

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Hemingway Scrapbooks

Created by Grace Hall Hemingway over the first eighteen years of her son’s life, five scrapbook volumes have been digitized by The John F. Kennedy Library and recently released freely online for public view. Take a look into the early … more

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First Marlin on the Fly

Creator of the bait-and-switch method of fishing for billfish, Webster “Doc” Robinson caught the first recorded marlin on a fly. And recently on the Orvis blog, Phil Monahan points to this historical moment featured in two films with incredible first-hand … more

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