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Fishing and Coronavirus in Arizona

This story, from the Arizona Daily Star, is emblematic of what fly shops and outfitters across the country are facing - incredibly tough times, made a bit more bearable through the camaraderie of fly fishing. Caitlin Schmidt did an outstanding job telling the story of Eric Loeffler, owner of the Tuscon, AZ, based Dry Creek Outfitters, and how he's getting...

How One Dad Inspired the Love of Fly Fishing

This story comes to us today from the Bangor Daily News, in Bangor, ME. It's short, but it's heartwarming to hear Ruth LaRoche tell the story of how her dad helped her fall in love with fly fishing. Read the story in its entirety here.

Remembering Hank Woolman, III

The folks over at the National Sporting Library and Museum recently decided to showcase some work from Henry "Hank" Woolman, III, in a "Angling in Special Collections" exhibit. In particular, the NSLM wanted to showcase one of Woolman's bamboo fly rods. In preparing the exhibit, however, Erica Libhart discovered there was quite a lot more to Woolman than...

Possible New World Record Permit Caught

According to USA Today, there might be a new world record permit on the books. Kathryn Vallilee, who was fly fishing in Key West, caught a 21-pound permit on 6-pound tippet. She submitted an application to the International Game Fish Association, and says she expects the world record application will be approved in a few weeks. Vallilee caught the permit...

Meredith McCord Lands 10-pound Bass

Meredith McCord, a renowned angler from Houston, recently caught what may be a record-breaking largemouth bass. Once the catch is certified by the IGFA, McCord will hold 189 personal IGFA records. It's an incredible feat, and shows just how far dedication in this sport will take you elsewhere in life. You can read the full story here.

Does Fly Fishing Really Help Veterans?

Just about everyone in the fly fishing world has heard of Project Healing Waters. Their goal is simple - to provide veterans suffering from a variety of combat-induced conditions the opportunity to experience the healing nature of fly fishing. In a recent article for Ever Widening Circles, a blog that focuses on providing good news throughout the world...

Collectors Help Preserve the Past

I'm a big fan of vintage fly gear. I own a fair number of old graphite rods, bamboo, and classic reels. A few years back, I even picked up an early-70s Hardy Princess at a pawn shop for $40. So when I saw this story from Steve Woit in Hatch Magazine, I knew I had to run it. Woit takes readers on a journey through a variety of fly fishing collectors...

34-Year-Old Fly Fisher Missing on Utah River

KSL.com reports that a 34-year-old man is missing near Strawberry River, Wasatch County , Utah.  "Robert 'Austin' Harker, of Millcreek, has not been seen or heard from since Thursday at 11 a.m., authorities say. Harker was going fly fishing near Strawberry River and was expected to return home on Thursday afternoon, which he did not."

A Lifetime of Fly Fishing

With all the hullabaloo going on right now, I wanted to find a feel-good story to help remind us that there are silver linings to every storm (like the fact that I suspect most rivers will be fairly empty here in the near future...). This story, from The Greene County Messenger in West Virginia, is about one man's lifetime spent fly fishing. While there's...

George Daniel Takes Over Penn State Angling Program

John Hayes writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about George Daniel and his new gig as head of Penn State's world-famous angling program, a course previously taught by fly fishing legends George Harvey and Joe Humphreys. "Mr. Daniel fishes mostly for wild trout on unstocked Central Pennsylvania limestone streams where catch-and-release trout fishing is...