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Water Cycle

T he waters below Beaver Dam, tucked into the Ozark hills northeast of Fayetteville, are icy even in the heart of summer. Crane Roost Bluff looms high above, casting a shadow so deep the sun shines into the pools only near the height of noon. The flows of the river …

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Bamboo Roots

This article originally ran in the Spring 2014 issue of Life Refined magazine. Today’s bamboo fly rod makers connect anglers to the history of their sport. FLY FISHING IS KNOWN as “the quiet sport,” said to be good for the soul. It is also a last bastion–one of the few outdoor …

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Swinesong

Note: This article originally ran in the September 2013 issue of Arkansas Life magazine.  It has nothing to do with fishing. “WOOOOOOO. …

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DIY Adventure

This article originally ran in the Angling Adventures 2012 issue of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. All of us dream of adventure—the three-day …

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True War Stories

As told on Arkansas’ White River. (This story originally ran in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of The Drake). TAKE A MINUTE to consider …

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Premium Cooler Throwdown

This article originally ran in the summer 2014 issue of Fly Rod & Reel magazine. ROTO-MOLDED COOLERS are all the rage these days. In …

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How They Run Morgan Falls Dam

A few weeks ago I got a little frustrated with the unpredictability of the generation schedule at Morgan Falls Dam on the …

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Shades of Glory

T here, it just rose. You still don’t see it? I asked my buddy in exasperation as the 18-inch trout took a …

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High Times on the Cumberland

THE FIRE CRACKLED and threw shadows against the opposite bank as I methodically shot fly line into the dark water. With only …

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Make an Antler Tying Tool Rack

I NEARLY TRIPPED OVER the shed antler, one side of what had been an impressive 10-point whitetail buck’s rack. It was concealed …

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Line Hacking

“SNICK!” I felt—more than heard—the sound, as the tension on my fly line suddenly gave way, sending it rebounding in puddles through …

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Foreign Tied

“DEAR SIRS,” the e-mail started, “My name is Reginald Kibugi, and I am seeking to sell you excellent-quality fishing flies.” My cursor …

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Microskiff Mania

BACK IN THE SIXTIES, a designer at the Kennedy Space Center named Harley Gheen was looking for a better way to fish …

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Birds in There

IN 1983 the new “He-Man” cartoon series was the most impor- tant thing in my life. At my preschool that year, we …

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Groundhog Day

ICE encased the gunnels of the long white jon boat as we motored into position beneath the looming shadow of Bull Shoals …

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Bomb the Bass

F ighting a striped bass is like fighting a person. The take feels like a reverse punch, like a human being grabbed …

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Striped Bass Cryptology

Our boat decks were awash in a sickly green light, like nuclear phosphorescence. I played out cord, lowering the submersible fish light …

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Stand Up, Guys

10 tips to make your stand-up fishing from any small craft more fun and effective. I had just blown my second shot …

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Top Ten Fly Fishing Colleges

F or some, it’s the roar of the crowd in the Big House—100,000 strong, all bellowing for the maize-and-blue. For others, it’s …

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Ozarks Double Play

THE FOG WAS INCREDIBLE. I could hear the river, but not see it, as I rolled out of my tent on the …

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Yellowstone Country

The canyon walls had closed in by the time I stumbled over the kill site. It looked like a circle of fur, …

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How To: Silly Putty Spoon Flies

Silly Putty allows you to make just about anything out of epoxy—including expensive spoon flies! THE FIRST TIME I ever went redfishing, …