January 2007

January 2007

Angler of the Year: Bruce Richards

He's the most influential fly fisherman most anglers have never heard of

  • By: Greg Thomas

The 2007 Kudo Awards

Once again, it's the time of year when the staff of FR&R gets together with some of the magazine's closest friends in order to choose those pieces of gear that deserve to be recognized with a Kudo Award for outstanding fly tackle. Selections for the 2007 Kudos were made by a panel of angling experts

The Dolphin and the Squid

Catching dorado and a few surprises in southern Baja

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Brown Trout Paradise

New Zealand's South Island

  • By: Monty Montgomery
  • Photography by: Erik Argotti

A Bonefish Wilderness

Exploring South Andros by Kayak

  • By: Will Rice

Notes on Fly-Tying

You care more than the fish care

  • By: John Gierach

2007 Reader's Choice Award

Scott G2 Fly Rods -- An instant classic

  • By: Buzz Bryson

Fly Rod & Reel Presents: Fly Fishing Film Tour

Looking for something a little different to do this winter? Tired of watching the same old fly-fishing videos featuring the same old fly-fishing "personalities?" Do you crave triple-X, hard-core fish porn? That's what we thought, and The Fly-Fishing Film Tour is what you need. FR&R has teamed up with

Help the Roscoe Library

The public library in Trout Town USA, aka Roscoe, New York, suffered extensive damage in the floods that hit the Delaware River Valley last June. Not only was the building that houses the Roscoe Free Library wrecked in the flooding, but the small library's book collection was all but destroyed as well.

Hardy Old School Prints

This is one of the coolest things to come across our desk in a while. Hardy went deep into its archives to create a limited-edition set of prints that reproduce covers from the English tackle company's catalogs from 1894 to 1956. The images hearken back to the days of tweed, cane rods and gut tippets

Best Use of Catch-and-Release

"At the time of his blind date with Ms. Taylor, he had been divorced for two years and was living in an Upper East Side bachelor pad filled with hunting trophies. 'Women to him were like fish,' said Sissy Yates, his sister-in-law. 'It was a catch-and-release kind of thing.'" --From The New York Times

Project Healing Waters

First lieutenant Eivind Forseth grew up fly-fishing on the Yellowstone River. But while serving with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq, he was hit by an IED that shattered the bones in his right arm and paralyzed his right hand. Following a medical evacuation to Walter Reed Army Medical Center,

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Downeast Bass

Smallmouth bass fishing at Weatherby's lodge

  • By: Jim Reilly

Crooks Lake Lodge, Labrador

Big brookies, veteran guides and wilderness

  • By: Marcel Dagneau
  • and Lou Dagneau

FR&R Regulars...

... and the 20th Anniversary of Trout Bum

  • By: Seth Norman

Milestones

I don't have a sister, but if I did, I'd want one just like Susan Williams Beckhorn, whose big brother is FR&R Conservation editor Ted Williams. In celebration of Ted's 60th birthday this past summer, Susan surprised him with a self-published book of his fishing adventures as told by about 50 survivors

From Bamboo To Boron

New rods from Winston, Orvis and High Sierra; L.L. Bean's gearbag; and more

Hare's Ear Soft Hackle

Lately there has been a lot of discussion and writing about tying and fishing soft hackle flies. This is a fly every angler should carry and know how to tie. My favorite is the Hare's Ear Soft Hackle because it's easy to tie and imitates a host of emerging or drowned insects. Although a tier can vary

  • By: A. K. Best

Making the Speed Cast

Plus, why buy a rotary vise?

  • By: Buzz Bryson