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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 shallow water. The canoes of the day hadn’t advanced much from the old wooden dugout design and their round bottoms weren’t well suited for still water. (Try standing …

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 learned to hide under our desks to ward off the thermonuclear holocaust. Ozzie Smith was the coolest man in baseball—he made the starting roster of the All-Star Game …

Groundhog Day

ICE encased the gunnels of the long white jon boat as we motored into position beneath the looming shadow of Bull Shoals …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Ozarks Double Play

THE FOG WAS INCREDIBLE. I could hear the river, but not see it, as I rolled out of my tent on the …

Yellowstone Country

The canyon walls had closed in by the time I stumbled over the kill site. It looked like a circle of fur, …

How To: Silly Putty Spoon Flies

Silly Putty allows you to make just about anything out of epoxy—including expensive spoon flies! THE FIRST TIME I ever went redfishing, …

Article: Spey Stripers

My rod surged and bucked, and for a moment it threatened to shatter like dry spaghetti. That’s what happens when you are …

Article: Backroad Bullies

Red clay is amazingly sticky. Mix three inches of rain with a Georgia dirt road made out of the stuff, and you …

Article: Among the Hogs

“Woooooo! Pig! Sooooiiiieeee!” The tinny crackle of the radio broadcast sounded weakly from under the drift boat seat. One hundred miles away, …

How To: Repair a Pontoon Boat

We’re all familiar with one-man pontoon boats; those inflatable single person watercraft which range from small, pond-appropriate single-bladder floats on up to …