LINEHACKING

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 my guides and nearly toppling me over in my boat.  The striped bass I had been fighting thrashed once in the pool, then submerged and was gone, taking …

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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 …