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Robert Tomes

Chicago-based fly fishing writer, speaker and MidCurrent contributor Robert Tomes has spent a lifetime chasing the fish of 10,000 casts across the US and Canada. His groundbreaking Muskie on the Fly (Wild River Press, 2008, www.muskieontheflybook.com) remains the definitive work on the subject. His two new books, 25 Best Places to Fly Fish for Pike and 25 Best Places to Fly Fish for Muskie are scheduled for release by Stonefly Press in early 2014 (www.stoneflypress.com). 

Author Articles

Interview: Robert Tomes on the Hunt for Muskie

Direct download: MidCurrent Interviews Robert Tomes on Muskie Fishing Marshall Cutchin:    I first met Robert Tomes when I took him fishing on the flats of the lower Florida Keys in the late 1980s. He's been in the paper business for many years now but his love of fly fishing has intensified as he sampled a huge variety of fishing opportunities. Tomes is...

The Muskie Top-Water Retrieve

The Muskie Sweep-and-Strip Top-Water Retrieve CATCHING A MUSKIE on a top-water fly is one of the most exciting and visually intoxicating events in all of fly fishing. Although I've fished around the world for many different and exotic species, for me nothing compares to the sight of a large muskie aggressively pushing a V-wake while following my popper...

Fly Fishing for Muskie

IN THE VAST WORLD of fishing, fly fishing for muskie is definitely considered out on the edge. Known for their often massive size, violent head-shaking strikes and razor-sharp canines, muskies are not for the faint of heart. This is one species you don’t want to get too close to without the proper equipment. In fact, in the old days muskie fisherman...

Off the Beaten Path on New Zealand’s South Island

YOUR FIRST FLY FISHING adventure to the islands of New Zealand can be an intimidating experience no matter how much you’ve fished or where. First off, there’s the reasonable expectation of huge fish on light rods and small flies. That’s enough to get even the hardcore trout bum lying awake at night. Then there’s the very real possibility that the...