July 2004

July 2004


A long descent, possibly with some fish at the other end...

  • By: John Gierach

Washington's Rocky Ford Creek

Sometimes a large fish will be so completely cooperative that catching it almost seems like some sort of shameful accident. My first big Rocky Ford rainbow was like that. Without moving anything but its jaw, the four- or five-pounder sitting a mere rod's length upstream of me took my size 14 nymph into

  • By: Paul Guernsey

The Headlock Manifesto

From what I had read. His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, humbly concedes that suffering is a part of life. So simple, so matter of fact-just like his clothes, his haircut and his black, thick-framed glasses. No Sunday circus acts with mascara-stained tears of revelation and gaudy blonde wigs. Just honesty,

  • By: Lyman Yee

Two Spring-Fed Creeks In West Virginia

Editor's Note: West Virginia contains just a handful of fly-fishing-only streams. Among these are Second Creek and Milligan Creek, a pair of spring-fed streams in Greenbrier County. Our Birmingham, Alabama-based angling writer wrote this report for us after spending a day on the two creeks: Second Creek,

  • By: Jeff Cupp

Kayak Fishing

No water is too remote, too rugged or too wild for a kayak

  • By: Rob Lyon

Montana's New Spring Creeks

If there were fairy tales about spring creeks, one would be set in a narrow filigree of water winding through a grassy field in the shadows of Montana's granite-capped Ruby Mountains, and the main character would be a sharp little shiny-jacketed fellow named Copper John. One October morning, using a

  • By: Jeff Hull

The Double Trigger Deerhair Emerger

Rugged, cheap and quick to tie-and, boy, is it a killer!

  • By: Bob Wyatt

Great Inagua

Visiting a fragile saltwater paradise in the Bahamas

Write For Us!

In our June Letters column, Bruce Halliday, of Centerville, Ohio, suggested that the magazine launch some sort of "Reader's Choice Angler of the Year Award." Bruce pointed out that ever since we first began recognizing our Anglers of the Year in 1985, most of the people who received the award have been

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Grande Ronde: The Runs of Winter

Steelhead fishing at a laid-back Oregon lodge

  • By: Seth Norman

A Maine Original

Greg Ponte and I had 12 kids practicing roll casts on a May afternoon in Maine. When my three toughest students threw in the towel, I knew they wouldn't get off that easily. I glanced across the pond and watched Greg Ponte work his magic on them. He studied the trio, now sitting against the brick wall

  • By: Kathy Scott

Coal-Country Trout

Fish don't have to be just another coal-industry waste product

  • By: Ted Williams

How Fish Work

An angler's biology book; Female fly-fishers in the last frontier; Flyline history; and more

  • By: Seth Norman

Flying Ants

A highly effective pattern that's a snap to tie

  • By: A. K. Best

FBI Terrorist Hunter Randy Leben

Special Agent Randy Leben retired last September after 25 years with the FBI. He was a counter-intelligence officer for most of his career; then, after 9/11, he began working in counter-terrorism. After taking up fly-fishing in the early 1990's, he began to see intriguing parallels between his new favorite

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Maintenance Check

Caring for reels, waders & fly lines

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey