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Author: thazelton

A Musky Fly Fishing Starter Kit

Over the last few years, we’ve fished with and interrogated some of the top fly-rod musky experts, and here we’ve distilled their rigging down to some smooth-sipping starting points. These are the essential pieces of kit that will get you on the water, safely, so you can begin grinding away at your ten thousand casts. We know you want to talk about the...

A Musky’s a Musky. And It Hates You.

“Hey, a musky’s a musky,” I said, after it had ghosted back into the green murk. “What do you mean?” my wife asked, folding the net back up and stowing it. “I mean it still counts,” I said. “Even though it was a little one.” “A little one?!” She was incredulous. But she’d never seen a musky in person before; I don’t catch very...

"The Art of the Brook Trout Death March"

We were exhausted. Not just out of breath, but flat wasted tired. Sweaty and filthy. Waders not breathable enough. Air not breathable enough. And we were still on the way in. It’s not that we’re that out of shape. JT had in fact just run a half-marathon a few days earlier. But the brook trout death march requires a unique kind of exertion...

"Slow Down, They Say"

There is a stoplight on my way to work that happens to be in front of a mortuary. There are always a few flatbed trucks idling in the lot, each loaded with one or two wrapped pastel-colored caskets, waiting for the morning delivery manifest. Not really waiting, I guess.  Time means nothing to them. But the daily cliché is hard to miss. Life is short...

"Unsalted"

“You guys lost?” I hear from the guy behind me on the dock. “Florida’s that way.” He is grinning and has to shout a bit above a freshening breeze that already threatens to blow the tops off the two-foot seas at 7:30 in the morning. He’s stepping into his aluminum deep-vee and holding a fistful of spinning rods rigged with soft plastics—both...