Redington Behemoth

I recently spent a week in Patagonia slinging huge flies for huge fish.  While I landed quite a few, and unfortunately lost quite a few more, it gave me the longest period of uninterrupted tackle testing I’ve had in several years.  Knowing that this was going to be the case, …

Redington Prowler Boot – Rubber

Redington is in a weird space; it’s a Farbank property and makes some great gear, but it necessarily cannot cannibalize sales from …

Ten Tips on Angling from Boats

Ten Tips is our ongoing off-season series for those snowy or rainy days when you’d rather be on the water, but you’re …

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 …

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 …

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 …