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Stories & Essays

Story: "Tenkara Steelhead"

Last year I guided a set of brothers who are diehard tenkara anglers. I've dabbled in tenkara, but never extensively. Watching these guys put the hurt on high country trout was something else. That's why I'm so intrigued by this story from Tim Harris over at Gink & Gasoline. It details fishing for steelhead with tenkara. You can read the story in full...

Story: "The Jungle Cock Situation"

Jungle cock feathers are an integral ingredient for many classic fly patterns, especially Atlantic salmon flies. My grandfather tied some of the most beautiful salmon flies I've ever seen. What's interesting, though, is that importing wild jungle cock birds to America is banned, and has been for some time. This throwback story in Fly Fisherman...

Story: "Secret Season"

Pat Dorsey is one of the most respected guides in all of fly fishing, so when he has something to say, I'll always stop and listen. In this case, Pat is talking about something I truly love - fly fishing for trout in the dead of winter. He calls it a "secret season" because fewer anglers try their hand at fishing in the snow. If you don't want to retreat to...

2022 Robert Traver Award Call For Submissions

The John D. Voelker Foundation and the American Museum of Fly Fishing (AMFF) are pleased  to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award (the Traver Award). The award is named after Robert Traver, pen name for the  late John Voelker, author of Trout Madness, Trout Magic, Anatomy of a Fisherman...

Story: "Scratching the Itch"

It might be the dead of winter, but Chris Hunt's recent story about chasing silver salmon in the Alaskan rain forest has me looking at flights and rental cars. It's a fantastic story that really does capture the magic of fishing in Alaska. Read it here.

The World's Best Fishing Truck

I've always had an emotional attachment to my fishing vehicles, and my current fishing truck is no exception. I wrote a story about what features the world's best fishing truck has to have, and you can read it here.

Story: "Life's Currents Lead Educator, Guide"

Patrick Weaver used to teach biology, physics, and earth sciences in public schools in Indiana. Now, he's a fly fishing guide in North Carolina. His journey to becoming a guide - and the reason it's still his profession - was detailed in this feature from the Daily Journal in Brevard, N.C. You can read the story here.

Story: "On Thin Ice"

I love getting out and fishing after a fresh snowfall. Few things are more relaxing. But with snow comes ice, and with ice comes all sorts of potential problems. Those problems are at the heart of Chris Hunt's latest story in Hatch Magazine, which you can read here.

Story: "Winter Stream Fishing Is Heating Up"

This is one of those fun and useful stories that we see in plenty of local publications. In this instance, our story comes to us from Connor Liess over at the Shoshone News-Press based in Idaho. In the story, he details why the winter fly fishing is so good in Idaho, and he gives some great tips on must-visit fisheries during the coldest months of the...

Essay: "Fool's Gold"

I had the chance to sit down recently and put together the story of my journey to find a golden trout from Wyoming's Wind River Mountains. The story spans the better part of a decade, and includes a few surprising moments. If you're anything like most trout anglers, then goldens hold a special place in your imagination. You can read the story in full here.