The Pelagic Plague

  • By: Ted Williams

Angling chances for pelagics like small bluefin tuna are few and far between for saltwater fly rodders. There’s a reason—longlining, a method of commercial fishing that destroys marine ecosystems along with target species.

Passing of "The River Keeper"

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Conservationists and Anglers Remember the Life and Contributions of Rusty Gates, Fly Rod & Reel's former "Angler of the Year.


  • By: Maximilian Werner

"The approach to the Strawberry is one of the prettiest I have seen: The thin path to the river leads into a stand of cottonwoods that are probably older than me and Metcalf combined."

Employees Purchase Dr. Slick

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers has been transitioned from founder Dr. Kenneth A. High to a group of his employees headed by general manager Steve Fournier. The sale is effective immediately and includes the firm’s headquarters and production building, all products, logos and intellectual property. High, who founded the fly-fishing and fly-tying tool company in 1989, will serve as a product design consultant. Day-to-day operations will continue much as they have for the past 15 years under Fournier’s direction and supervision.

The sale follows High’s retirement from his urological medical practice. Terms and conditions of the sale were not made public. According to Fournier, Dr. Slick produces some 300+ fishing- and fly tying-related products including various models and sizes of scissors, pliers, clamps (hemostats), retractors, nippers, hook files, necklaces, fly floatant, hair stackers, titanium and ceramic fly-tying bobbins, hackle pliers, tweezers, whip finishers and dubbing tools, as well as a growing OEM and custom manufacturing division.

In coming to a mutual agreement on the sale to Fournier and other employees, High noted, “I cannot see any other outfit that would uphold the Dr. Slick tradition of quality and innovation other than the current staff and employees . . . I had the idea, but he built the company and should continue with it.”

Stress-Free Shopping with Scientific Anglers

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Over the next week, looks like at least through the end of the month, Scientific Anglers is testing a new feature to its Web site—providing visitors $15 off any purchase over $75, when you order direct from the Web site. Fly anglers can purchase products directly through fly shops set up with this special buying option. See the 'button' on the bottom left of SA's landing page. CLICK HERE

Exclusive Orvis Fishing Reports

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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Whether you're desk bound and dreaming of next year's fishing, or heading to a choice angling destination, catch up on all the latest news at the Orvis Fishing Report. CLICK HERE

The Secret Life of Walter Troutty

  • By: R. C. Hooker

"Walter looked at the Lucite containers of pelts and parts surrounding him like circles of ice. The fur and hair ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous—antron, kip tails, hare hair, micro mink, monkey pelt and yak."

2009 Traver Award Winner: The Land Beyond Maps

  • By: Pete Fromm

The 2009 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award Winning Story: "She casts again, the backcast too low, almost onto the rocks, but there’s only beach back there. This time she strips too fast, the fly skittering across the water, which is all the trout needs to bust after it like some hog bass. Totally hooks itself."

Thomas McGuane: FR&R'S Angler of the Year 2010

  • By: Nick Lyons

Nick Lyons writes: "In Tom McGuane we have a different species of writer. He has loved fly-fishing for more than five decades, since he fished the rivers and small creeks of Michigan as a boy...and along with his great novels and stories and films has written, with dazzling skill, much about what he calls his “life in fishing.”

Winning Cane

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Major Chris Jeszenszky, U.S. Army, entered our online sweepstakes and won the 30th Anniversary Scott SC7105, 7-foot, 10-inch 5-weight bamboo fly rod. Sweet!