This Year's Fly

  • By: John Gierach
  • Illustrations by: Bob White
Into the Light

The best motel in Basalt, Colorado is the Green Drake. It’s clean, plain, not too expensive and you can guess from the name that fishermen are welcome. The resident dog is named Baxter. He’s a hundred-pound yellow Lab, and a friendly and sudden leaner. You quickly learn that when you stop to pet him you have to throw a leg out and brace so he doesn’t knock you over.

You’d have to describe the place as nice and homey, but it hasn’t entirely escaped the gentrification that’s occurred in the 25 years since Basalt was a workingman’s alternative to nearby Aspen. In almost any other town in the West, this establishment would be called “The Green Drake Motel,” but here it’s “The Green Drake: A Motel.”

Fly Fishing Book Reviews

  • By: Seth Norman
Trout Lessons

Reviews of Trout Lessons, In Hemingway's Meadow, Love Story of the Trout and Charlie's Fly Box.

Holy Water

  • By: Jim Hall
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Where the cows and the buffalo roam—but shouldn’t. An essay by J.H. Hall

Two Men in a Museum

  • By: Kent Cowgill
  • Illustrations by: Peter Corbin
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Our 2010 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award winning story, recognizing “distinguished original essays or works of short fiction that embody an implicit love of fly-fishing, respect for the sport and the natural world in which it takes place, and high literary values.”

Steelhead and Wind Knots

  • By: Peter Harrison
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"I had fished the Hoh River for more than 10 years and, despite spending at least 14 days a year walking its wild and tumbling course, I had never caught a single steelhead in all that time. For me, fishing is more of a Zen thing..."

Last Call

  • By: Jim Dean
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Raise a glass to Closing time at an east Idaho fly-fishing oasis. "The A-Bar is so fondly regarded by fly fishermen that writer Kirk Deeter described it in a lyrical tribute in Big Sky Journal as the student union of The University of the River, Henry’s Fork Campus."

Greatest of All Time

  • By: E. Donnall Thomas
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Are steelhead to fly-fishing what Mohammad Ali was to boxing?

Inventing Montana

  • By: Seth Norman
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If your life on water is, like Leeson’s, rich with rumination and memories, even ruminations about memory... “Memory forms our most private domestic space, the architecture of our own past, with its hearth, warm rooms and cold ones, vaults of pleasure and places where we just toss our junk…”

Sporting Life

  • By: John Gierach
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Atlantic Salmon fishing in New Brunswick...