April 2006

April 2006


They're more about where you go than what you catch

  • By: John Gierach

The Bluegill Bonanza of Spring

Bluegills are a great pick-me-up for the winter-weary trout angler

  • By: Chad Mason

Over in the Meadow

When spring runoff blows out the rivers, head to the rills of the meadows to find fish

  • By: A. K. Best

An Ode to Foam

When all else fails, a good pile of dirty bubbles can save your day

  • By: Chris Gerono

The Vision Thing

Our man turns his experienced eyes to flip focals and other optical aids for the aging angler

  • By: Ted Leeson

Becoming a Moving Target

For many retired fly-fishers, a motor home and a drift boat are the key ingredients to a great lifestyle. Just add water.

  • By: Pat Case
  • Photography by: Dusan Smetana

A Guiding Memoir

A portrait of the retired guide as a young man

A Rookie in Big Sky Country

Sure, this region boasts some of the world's best fly-fishing. But you better come prepared...

  • By: Jim Reilly

Mutations of the Chernobyl

Since its successful debut a decade ago the Ant has continued to evolve

  • By: Skip Morris

Did You Know?

Remember the part in A River Runs Through It when Paul (Brad Pitt) and Norman (Craig Sheffer) took their dates to that speakeasy? Paul and his Native American girlfriend caused a scene on the dance floor and drew the ire of the crowd. In particular, their actions received an Oscar-worthy glare from a

Ted Williams' Conservation Blog

As if FR&R conservation editor Ted Williams didn't have enough outlets through which to speak his mind, we've recently given him another--a Web log. The Ted Williams Conservation Connection ( www.flyrodreel.com/tedwilliams ) went live in January, and it's the place to go for conservation news and a heavy

Cast from the Past

Meadow streams aren't impossible, but they do present a challenge that should not be taken lightly, but accepted with the knowledge that within such tranquil habitats may lie frustrations. These frustrations will be your undoing if you get caught up in the drowsy mood such settings inspire. --John D.

Getting to Know Didymo

Didymosphenia geminata is a microscopic alga currently causing headaches for biologists and anglers in two hemispheres. Often called "rock snot" for its slimy appearance and gooey consistency, didymo is an emerging problem that could have bad effects on trout rivers in both North America and New Zealand.

The Trout Bum Diaries

Every now and then a movie comes along that captures the imagination of a generation: Easy Rider, Top Gun, and Pulp Fiction, among other greats. Now add to that list Angling Exploration Group's debut film The Trout Bum Diaries, Volume I: Patagonia. A contemporary take on the fishing film by guys in their

FR&R Readers' Choice Award

FR&R Readers' Choice Award Do you have a pair of waders that kept you high and unfailingly dry even after a hard year of busting brush and crawling along streambanks on your knees? What about that amazing reel that refused to melt during a speed-of-sound run by an 180-pound tarpon? Maybe a rod that left

André Puyans Memorial Fund

Fly-fishing lost one of its greatest teachers and advocates with the passing of André Puyans in October, 2005 [see Short Casts January/February 2006]. To commemorate André's life and work, his friend Rene Harrop has organized an effort to raise money for a memorial in honor of André

Angling at Elktrout

In Colorado, an unmatched variety of private angling experiences

  • By: Paul Guernsey

A Plague on All Your Forests

Country roads may 'take you home,' but logging roads ruin rivers

  • By: Ted Williams

Books about Bugs

And fishing pressured water

  • By: Seth Norman

Tiny Dubbed BWO's

Just in time for the first spring hatches...

  • By: A. K. Best

Dr. Martin Arostegui

This retired doctor knows a thing or two about records

  • By: Steve Kantner

What's the Deal With Flyrod Feel?

Plus, breaking the sound barrier; and brown trout beauty marks

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey