Stories & Essays

Story: "Fishing With Kids"

Dom Swentosky, over at Troutbitten, wrote this story recently, and I had to make sure we shared it here at MidCurrent. Taking kids fishing is something I feel strongly about. Doing so ensures the survival not only of our sport, but of our wild places, as well. Most kids these days spend more time behind a screen then bruising their knees or building forts...

Kenya's Fly Fishing Industry

In this fantastic piece from France 24, we learn about the burgeoning fly fishing industry alive in Kenya. And no, I'm not referring to fly tying - although that's a huge part of the Kenyan economy. No, there's actually fantastic trout fishing in Kenya. It's a place where you can spend the morning fishing for trout, and the afternoons photographing rhinos...

Essay: Fly Fishing on 9/11

Every year, I feel it's important to reflect on 9/11 and the tragedies involved. Even though we fly anglers often pride ourselves on the ability to leave the "real" world behind - sometimes for weeks at a time - we're not disconnected from reality. We have a stake in day-to-day life just as much as anyone else. Today, in honor and remembrance of that...

Story: Upper Sacramento River Spills

When a Union Pacific train derailed earlier this year and fell into the Upper Sacramento River in California, it reminded many of an incident from 30 years ago. There was a spill in nearly the exact spot, and it severely damaged the Upper Sacramento fishery. The folks over at Cal Trout put together a great story on the history of this river and the spills...

Essay: Do Stocked Trout Ever Get Wild?

Dom Swentosky put this together over at Troubitten, and it deals with the question of whether a stocked trout ever becomes wild. It's an interesting debate, to say the least. As always, Dom presents his views in an easy-to-follow, well-worded fashion. Read his story here.

Story: A Southerner in Patagonia

Kevin Howell wrote this story about being a Southerner fishing in Patagonia. It's a fun read, especially as we get to the end of the week. Give it a read in full here.

Zen and Fly Fishing in Sweden

This new photo essay in The Guardian takes a look at Zen and the art of fly fishing in Sweden. The photo essay is well-done, and makes me want to go fishing in Sweden even more than I did before. You can look through the essay here.

Story: 'My Fishing Dogs'

Dom Swentosky has a way of spinning stories that I just fall in love with. His recent story about fishing dogs really got to me. It's an ode to all the things that make fishing dogs great, and I think it puts to rest some of the notions that good fishing dogs don't exist (an opinion I've heard multiple fishing writers make). You can read the story here.

Iceland Part II

The folks over at Rep Your Water have put together a fun series of stories on fishing for arctic char in Iceland. This is a bucket-list fish for many anglers - myself included - so getting to go along for the ride is almost as good as fishing for these creatures yourself. Read through part two of the series (and find links to part one) here.

Angler Close to 50-Tailwater Milestone

This story comes to us courtesy of Bennett J. Mintz, and it's a real feel-good tale that I reckon we could all use right about now. The story is below. As a birthday present on September 28, 2015, when Bill Cash’s wife gifted him with an Amazon card for the book 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish, he had no idea what was ahead. But it was then that Cash, a...