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Winter Trout: The Cold Truth

On the first of January winter fly fishing opens in...

Camouflage: The Art and Importance of Disappearing

The other day I sat on my porch cleaning fly line. There...

There and Back Again

As a young man, I read Hemingway and Steinbeck, Harrison...

The Way of the Fly

One of the pleasures of fishing with a fly is the knowledge...

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Training Day

For some reason people think I catch fish. A fly rod is always in my pickup. I wear fisherman’s polarized glasses...

Fly Fishing and Mental Health: It’s Not Just About the Fish

Why do we want to be out there? The answer to this question is different for everyone. But for one reason or another...

Gettin' Hooked

For a quarter mile West London Creek flows through a campground with trimmed lawns, a swimming pond, swing sets, fire...

Seasons by the Stream

The fall is a time for reflection. The leaves of the oaks remind me of the golden color of a brown trout’s belly...

In Guides We Trust

There are a few things I distinctly remember from a trip to Washington State’s Grande Ronde River, foremost a fellow...

The Art of the Fly Deal

Side by side, we fished the spring Baetis hatch on Minnesota's Whitewater River, one of the great Midwest trout...

Picking Your Tribe

I know a woman who caught five permit the first day she fly-fished the salt. Another asked me what to do in Belize and...

Trash

I am a fly angler, and like a lot of sportspeople (and what are we if not sporting) I will find, pick up, and throw...