Category Archives: History

“Michelangelo’s Tarpon”

Norman Duncan explores the notion that one of the world’s greatest painters may have used a tarpon as the model for his depiction of what is perhaps the most famous “fish” in religious history. “In October 2011 I walked into the Sistine Chapel … more

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Merwin on Fly Fishing for Muskie

There’s nothing new about fly fishing for muskie, as MidCurrent editorial board member and Field & Stream editor-at-large John Merwin proves with a 1925 photo of a man catching a rather large specimen with a bamboo rod.   “Each new … more

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Google Book of the Day: Fly Fishing with Nobility

When Sir Edward Grey, Viscount Grey of Fallodon wrote Fly Fishing in 1899 his objectives included explaining “how it is that we who are anglers congratulate ourselves upon having one of the best and most wonderful recreations that have ever been … more

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Tippets: “Respective Skills,” West Yellowstone Conclave, “Rivers of a Lost Coast” Review

“In fly fishing, as in sex, the truth about respective skills cannot be hidden.” Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave returns to West Yellowstone August 31. John Soltes reviews “Rivers of a Lost Coast” for Hollywood Soapbox, calling it enthralling but …

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Quotes of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

It’s the birthday of Henry David Thoreau, whose 19th-century meditations on living the simple life altered American culture forever.  Amongst his many quotable sentences is this: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not … more

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Podcast: Rosenbauer’s “Quick Fly-Fishing History Lesson”

Tom offers a couple of casting tips and advice on fishing crowded trout streams and detecting nymph strikes before delving into fly-fishing history (“in a nutshell”). “These early fly fishers used really long, limber rods and just a leader.  There … more

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Video Hatch: "A Bone to Pick with Ansel"

Field and Stream‘s Joe Cermele teamed up with John Frazier, the new editor of Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, to film legendary bonefish guide Ansil Saunders during a recent outing at the in Bimini Big Game Club.

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Video Hatch: "Hot Dog, When Do We Leave?"

From back in the day when guides toted their outboards down to their wooden skiffs, another vintage film from the IGFA depicts wading for bonefish off of Key Largo, fishing for baby tarpon in Tamiami Trail canals, and baitfishing for … more

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Video Hatch: Stu Apte and the Citrus Queen

Among the gems from the IGFA video library is this video from before the days of graphite fly rods and poling platforms. Stu Apte, who contributed as much as anyone else to the techniques of fighting large fish on fly …

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John Merwin on the Mickey Finn

John Merwin asks why the Mickey Finn persists as a popular pattern when other streamers work better. Is it in the derivation of the name? “In 1936, Gregory Clark of the Toronto Star re-christened it the Mickey Finn, in supposed … more

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