Simms Vapor Boot – Felt

I’ve now been reviewing outdoor equipment for over ten years–sometimes here, oftentimes in magazines.  One of the things I’ve learned is the importance of giving the product some time to really break in and show its strengths and weaknesses before jumping to conclusions.  This, of course, differs in many respects …

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 …

New Scott Meridian Review

Two years ago Scott Fly Rods’ chief designer Jim Bartschi to some extent took the world by storm with the release of …

Fishpond Chaco Flips

Everyone knows Chaco makes great flip flops.  I’ve used a very similar model to the Fishpond Flips above for years (I can’t …

Costa Playa Frames

  The hardest thing about sunglasses is adding *function.*  Form is everything; after all, for most people shades are nothing more than …

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 …

Yeti Ice Reviewed

When I first received a Yeti Hopper soft-sided cooler to try out, I didn’t think I’d use it much.  I was shocked …

Ten Tips for Catching Wild Trout

W ild trout are unusual, especially outside the Mountain West.  Many anglers around the country go months or years without ever casting …

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 …

Ten Cold Weather Fishing Tips

Lots of fisheries shut down altogether in the winter, but down South we’re usually lucky enough to be able to keep going …

Polar Buff Review

I remember the first time I saw a Buff.  I thought it was ridiculous. “You expect people to wear these stretchy bandana …

Sporting Classics

Sporting Classics recently named The Itinerant Angler one of its Eight Great Podcasts for Sportsmen.

Water Cycle

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