Here's a trivia question for you: Who said the following, and when? And where? The ancients wrote of the three ages of man; I propose to write of the three ages of the fisherman. When he wants to catch all the fish that he can. When he strives to catch the largest fish. When he studies to catch the most
I'm lucky enough to be able to fish with guides from time to time. Most of my guides during the past dozen years have given me an enjoyable, occasionally unforgettable, outing, and I have almost always learned something from each of them. The guide-client relationship in general is a fascinating one.
I don't have a sister, but if I did, I'd want one just like Susan Williams Beckhorn, whose big brother is FR&R Conservation editor Ted Williams. In celebration of Ted's 60th birthday this past summer, Susan surprised him with a self-published book of his fishing adventures as told by about 50 survivors
Although some authors manage to make it look easy, writing a good short story is damn hard work. In fact, it's been my personal experience that writing even a bad piece of short fiction is no champagne brunch on the beach. Then, when you impose upon a writer some zany restriction--such as that his or
My catch-and-release habit has been so reflexive for so many decades that it is difficult for me to accurately remember the battle of emotions I underwent to reach this point. But as near as I can recall, just prior to my C&R conversion the devil on my left shoulder was arguing strenuously against the
Haunted By Brook Trout
I have sometimes heard the subconscious mind described as a well. If that is true, then I've got brook trout swimming at the bottom of mine. Consider, for instance, the extremely weird dream I had a few days after my father died. In this dream, I caught a nice pair of brookies in a place no fish would
Exactly four years ago I made a mistake-one of thousands certainly, but still the only decision I have truly regretted since becoming FR&R's editor in 2001. I am here now to eat some crow, and make amends. What I did was to tinker with something much larger than myself. If you were reading us back then,
The Eyes of Experience
The first sign appeared over 10 years ago, when I was still-though just barely-in my thirties. I was fishing a twilight caddis hatch and was hooking brown trout of up to 18 inches. Wading nearby, though as yet without a trout to his credit, was a young fisherman of 17 or 18 whom I knew only as "the kid."
When I first moved to Maine in the 1980's, I was working as a full-time freelance writer. That is to say, I had no money, but lots of free time, and I regularly fielded a host of offbeat propositions. One of my most interesting freelance gigs was as a contributing writer for a travel magazine whose editor
This issue showcases the debut of a unique column called "James Prosek's Trout of the World" by FR&R's newest contributing editor. As young as he is-not yet 30-James Prosek needs no introduction to most anglers. His first book, Trout: An Illustrated History, published while he was still an undergraduate