Conservation Stories to Watch in 2020

Now that the New Year is fully underway, I wanted to put together a piece that highlights some of the good conservation work that's going down in 2020. The more awareness we have, as anglers, of what's going on in the conservation world, the better chance our wildlife and wilderness has at surviving. We have a moral imperative as anglers to preserve and...

Angling for Surprise

Fly fishing lends itself to stories, perhaps more so than any other sport. The best stories, though, are the ones that discuss something more than fishing - which is exactly what we have in Dave Hughes's latest for American Angler.  His opening paragraph reads, "I know folks who wouldn’t dream of taking a trip to fish a famous river without first...

Is Hotspotting A Real Problem?

If I had to pick one question that I receive as a fishing writer, it would be, "where did you catch that fish?" I try to keep the smartass "in the mouth" comments to myself, but it's tiring trying to explain why I don't like to share the locations of most places that I fish. Chris Hunt wrote all about this topic in a recent article for Hatch...

Chester Allen: "I Can See Clearly Now"

"FOR MOST of my fish-addled life, a winter trip to Florida was a sanity-saving jump into summer for a week or so," writes Chester Allen in his new column."I made the jump to Florida the second week of March this year, but I landed into another version of winter." Find out how the rest of the story turns out in "I Can See Clearly Now."

What's Up With Drone-Assisted Fishing?

Increasingly, technological advances are used on the water. And in the use of drones, “You can see the ethical slippery slope at work,” writes Matt Labash. What do these advanced technologies take away from fishing, he asks: “The beauty of fishing is so often its uncertainty: trying to know what can’t be definitively known since its secrets exist in...

Happy Thanksgiving from MidCurrent

Humility, wonder, optimism, friendship. Those are just a few of the things we think of when we recognize what fly fishing has given us during this season of thanks-giving. The staff of MidCurrent hopes your holiday season begins with good company, great conversation, and fine fishing.

“The Angler in Winter”

What anglers in cold climates do in the middle of winter is read about warmer places, writes Monte Burke. “We reflect. We think of seasons past and seasons to come.” Find good books to accompany you until spring comes again, via Forbes.

Musings on Catch and Release

Matt Labash takes on catch-and-release ethics in his recent column in the Weekly Standard. “I don't know what it says about me that I always feel closest to God when I'm giving His majestic creation a lip-piercing,” Labash writes. “But the book of Hebrews states plainly that without bloodshed, there is no redemption.”

Giving Thanks with Matt Labash

In his Thanksgiving column for The Weekly Standard, Matt Labash writes about fly fishing with his sons, the sin of false casting, and his opinion on the laziness of bobbers. He also gives thanks “that after enduring years of this soul-rotting presidential campaign, it is finally over, and I can stop pretending to care,” he writes. “At least until Road...

Considering Jim Harrison

“Wherever we go we do harm, forgiving ourselves as wheels do cement for wearing each other out. We set this house on fire, forgetting that we live within." (from "To a Meadowlark," for M.L. Smoker)” ― Jim Harrison Jim Harrison passed away on Saturday, March 26, the evening before Easter.   Harrison's contributions to angling both anchored it and...