January 2004

January 2004

RIO's Windcutter Interchangeable Tip Spey Fly Line

Once again, RIO understands the Spey line.

  • By: Darrel Martin

Thomas & Thomas Double-Handed Fly Rods

The growing popularity of two-handed fly rods.

  • By: Rick Kustich

Banana River

Fishing in central Florida's Saltwater Wilderness.

Scientific Anglers Wet Tip Express Fly Line

Smooth casting with a level sinking head.

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Awards Introduction

This year, FR&R honors one of its own, Conservation editor Ted Williams, as the 2004 Angler of the Year. We can think of no one more deserving of the AOY Award; quite simply, we believe Ted to be America's finest and most courageous conservation writer, and we feel extremely lucky to have him on our

Bushwhacking for Bull Trout

It started the way many fly-fishing trips do, a little vague and forbidding, but loaded with possibility. A friend described a place where large westslope cutthroat trout to 20 inches and bull trout to 20 pounds could be found-a remote British Columbia stream that required a challenging hike through

  • By: Greg Thomas

Angler of the Year

Fishing for Albacore with Ted Williams, FR&R's 2003 Angler of the Year.

  • By: Paul Guernsey

A Tackle Showcase

Here are a few of our favorite items from the most recent fly-fishing trade show

  • By: Ted Leeson
  • , Buzz Bryson
  • and Darrel Martin

Reader's Choice Award

Sage XP Rods

  • By: Buzz Bryson

The FR&R Angling Expedition Sweepstakes

Win the Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle... and drive it to your choice of three incomparable angling adventures!

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Action Optics Sol-x Sunglasses

Remember the catchy tune with the lyrics"sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug?" Well, think of Rain-X, the product that makes water (and bugs) roll off your windshield. Perhaps it was some country singer on a Harley who put these two ideas together to waterproof his sunglasses,

  • By: Rick Ruoff

Win The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Vehicle

Win this one-of-a-kind Ford Expedition AND and a fly-fishing trip... or one of 42 other exciting prizes

Vermont's Fabled Snow Trout

Pursuing one of the world's most elusive game fish

  • By: David Cleveland

The Red And The Black

Gulf Coast drum come in two colors...

  • By: E. Donnall Thomas

Two-Fisted Fishing

I grew up as a deprived youngster-although I was scarcely aware of it at the time, and it left no permanent scars. By deprived I mean that my fishing life consisted entirely of catching brook trout on worms, dunking crayfish for smallmouth bass and twirling minnows in the tidal current for snapper blues.

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Permit Paradise

Focused flats angling in southern Belize

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel

Saving the North Woods

Nothing like this has ever been attempted anywhere.

  • By: Ted Williams

John Gierach's Latest

Plus, a John Holt novel, and stories by Scott Waldie.

  • By: Seth Norman

The Callibaetis Spinner

The preferred food of finicky fish

  • By: A. K. Best

Cause And Effect

I'll occasionally see a reference to "overlining" or "underlining" a rod. What is the practical effect of casting a line one line-weight heavier than the rod is designated for? And what is the effect of casting a line one size smaller than the rod? The answer depends not only on the designated weights

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey