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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 …

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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 were tossing searching casts for striped bass on Georgia’s Lake Lanier. When my buddy grabbed my line, he meant to shock me into thinking I had a bite. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …