Mountain Madness

Headhunting for big trout in the heart of Patagonia. T HE WIND IS NO JOKE. That’s the first thing they ought to tell you about Patagonia, I thought, as I winced in pain. I had just buried a Double Deceiver in my back, both hooks digging in from the feel …

Gar Water

S tanding on the prow of a 12-foot-long johnboat, wielding a trident and a waterproof car headlight (both on long poles), I helped to systematically slaughter 127 fish, a couple of which approached the state record in size and age. This was all perfectly legal, but I still feel a …

New Striper Nation

A friend once “punked” me by yanking on my fly line. It was a crisp February morning just before dawn, and we …

How to Hot-Wire a Bird Dog

T he wind was ripping right along, so fast that if I’d been on the water, the whitecaps would have been tearing …

The Trash Men

A TLANTA, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND, is not a particularly good fishing town. We have a striped bass run, as well as …

On Stage with the Howler Bros.

M any outdoor product companies have a great origin story. Patagonia and The North Face (and eventually Black Diamond and ESPRIT) famously …

Black Tar Permit

T HE INSIDE OF my Buff smells like socks. Five days into a Mexican flats fishing trip, with only the local graywater to wash …

Swing Away

  F ly line rips the river’s surface like scissors sliding across silk as Michael McLellan propels his two-handed, Scottish-style fly rod …

Track & Field

Don’t miss my cover story in January 2015’s Arkansas Life magazine, a collaboration with the spectacular photographers of Hatch & Maas Collective, on hunters …

Water Cycle

T he waters below Beaver Dam, tucked into the Ozark hills northeast of Fayetteville, are icy even in the heart of summer. …

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 …

Swinesong

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Microskiff Mania

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