Category Archives: History

First Marlin on the Fly

Creator of the bait-and-switch method of fishing for billfish, Webster “Doc” Robinson caught the first recorded marlin on a fly. And recently on the Orvis blog, Phil Monahan points to this historical moment featured in two films with incredible first-hand … more

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Hemingway Days 2013

Ernest Hemingway, a legend of both the literary and fishing world, will once again be honored by an annual festival in Key West, Florida. Hemingway Days 2013 will be held July 16-21. Read more in the press release below.

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Video Hatch: “Lefty Kreh”

Fly fishing pioneer and legendary casting instructor Lefty Kreh shares an anecdote from a adventure Down Under, chasing the hard-fighting Nuigini Black Bass on a fly. From The American Museum of Fly Fishing and Jay Cavallaro.

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Kiss the Water

A newly released film featuring the life of Scottish fly tier Megan Boyd and her unlikely place in the history of the sport recently premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival. “Kiss the Water,” writes Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, is “ultimately an ode … more

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Earthquake on the Madison

High above the famed trout river, the Madison Range experienced a powerful earthquake on August 17, 1959, sending 80 million tons of dolomite crashing down through Forest Service campgrounds in into the Madison River. The dramatic landscape it left continues … more

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The Brown Trout: a Success Story

Introduced to the U.S. in the late 1800s, brown trout weren’t initially accepted as an appropriate catch for fly fishers. Called speckled carp back in the day, they now hold their own “as the ultimate articulated streamer charging predator,” writes … more

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From the Flats: Interview with Marshall Cutchin

Much has changed in Key West from the early days of McGuane, Harrison, and Buffett. Yet legends live on as they always will, through stories. Recently, MidCurrent’s own Marshall Cutchin was featured in an interview on The Bonefish Flat, covering … more

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Apte’s “One That Got Away”

Recently inducted to the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Stu Apte shares his best fishing story with Frank Sargeant on The Fishing Wire. “When you ask a legendary fisherman for his best fish … more

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History of Speycasting

Speycasting has a prestigious pedigree. But few probably recognize the name of Alexander Grant, who set the standard in the late nineteenth century. “By combining an unorthodox technical approach to tackle design and unquestionable ability as a caster, in his … more

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Video Hatch: “Seeking Steelhead”

This footage from an early-1900s Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau film features Brigadier General Noel Money fishing the Stamp River for the “fightingest fish that swims.”

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