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 …

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 hovered over the Spam button, but the next line made me hesitate: “My asking price is $3 per dozen.” That’s a quarter a fly. Was this a good …

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 …

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, …

Article: Different Strokes

YOU’RE FINALLY THERE. After years of saving coffee money and a thousand hours poring over catalogs, you’ve made the decision to buy …

Article: Taper Tech

SOME MONTHS AGO A FRIEND RECRUITED ME to teach her how to fly fish, and the first time I put a fly …

Article: Googling the Backcountry

“THIS BLOWS,” and other bitter thoughts run through your mind as you’re faced with a familiar scene: There’s not one open parking …

Article: Cooking Up Some Lines

A FLY LINE seems like a pretty simple product—little more than some plastic material gooped around a thin piece of string. The …