January 2005

January 2005

Frog Hair

It's fine stuff

  • By: Buzz Bryson

St. Croix Rods

Value and performance with a "Made in the USA" label

Craig Matthews

Craig Mathews is a spectacular and versatile fly fisher, a keen conservationist, and one of the most passionate anglers I know. He is this year's Fly Rod&Reel Angler of the Year, and he is bound to be seen as one of the most worthy and popular winners in the 20-year history of this Award. Craig's intimate

  • By: Nick Lyons

Fly Rod & Reel's Annual Awards 2005

Among the legions of anglers who have made the pilgrimage to the fly-fishing Mecca that is Yellowstone National Park, Craig Mathews' name is spoken with a reverence usually reserved for Nobel Prize winners and the Dalai Lama. No one knows those waters better than Craig, and no one has done more to make

Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Waders

A breathable benchmark

  • By: Jason Borger

Loon UV Wader Repair

Let the sun shine in

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Krystal Flash

Not just a flash in the pan

  • By: Ted Leeson

Awards: Last Year in Review

Angler of the Year-Ted Williams "... expresses well-informed and well-reasoned anger over the assaults on fish and fish habitat, and he does it better and more eloquently than anyone else." --Paul Guernsey Readers' Choice-Sage XP Rods "When anglers at both extremes can find happiness with the very same

Bristol Bay, By Beaver

'Commuter' fishing in Alaska's Southwestern wilderness

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Winston's Boron IIx Fly Rods

Driving power, plus delicacy

  • By: Darrel Martin

A Tackle Showcase

Editor's Note Each fall, just about every company that makes fly-fishing -related gear heads to Denver for the International Fly Fishing Retailer Show to display (and market) their latest products to retailers and distributors from around the world. And like cow stripers cruising a flat for baitfish,

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

Kamchatka: A Land Untouched

Russia's eastern most frontier is like fishing in Alaska 30 years ago

  • By: Will Rice


Sometimes it pays to stop and smell the...

  • By: John Gierach

Off Of Africa

The Seychelles Islands offer some of the world's best and most varied saltwater fishing

  • By: Charles Rangeley-Wilson

The Good Guys

When I first read Nick Lyons' profile of Craig Mathews, our 2005 Angler of the Year, I almost laughed out loud at the part where Nick praised Craig for his refreshing modesty in a field "known for bloating egos to the size of the Titanic." Among all the fly-fishing "personalities" I've become acquainted

  • By: Paul Guernsey

New Brunswick's Sea-run Brookies

The Cains River offers the big ones--and it's a lot closer than Labrador

  • By: Jim Reilly

Jim Kelso

A Class Act on the Salmon River

  • By: Robert W. Streeter

Denying Sanctuary To Stripers

Opening the EEZ to striper fishing could bring back the bad old days

  • By: Ted Williams

The Flies of a Lifetime

Leeson and Schollmeyer on emergers; smallmouth strategies

  • By: Seth Norman

The Russia Diaries

Fishing in the Atlantic-salmon fiefdom of a mysterious millionaire

  • By: James Prosek

Easy Stonefly Nymph

Effective, simple... and no fussing with the details

  • By: A. K. Best

Fly-Fishing Legends

Where's Ernie? And, is the bow-and-arrow cast for real?

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey