Category Archives: History

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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Review: “Randy Wayne White’s Ultimate Tarpon Book”

Former southwest Florida guide turned author (Doc Ford suspense/thriller novels) turned restaurant owner Randy Wayne White decided it was time to set the record straight on where the sport of tarpon fishing first took root. “Much of the knowledge of this … more

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Floating the Potomac with Lefty

Frederick Post columnist Dan Neuland floats down the Potomac and back in time with Lefty Kreh, whose introduction to the sport of fly fishing came when Joe Brooks handed him a rod on the same river in the early 1950s. … more

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Casting Legend Cliff Netherton Dies

Casting legend Cliff Netherton, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year, died at his Virginia home on December 5. An email from the American Casting Association, of which he was once president, summed up Netherton’s accompishments and contributions to … more

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