November 2007

November 2007

Fly Hooks

How to Land Trophy Trout

  • By: Ted Leeson

An Early October Elk Hunt


BC's Elk River is spectacular in the fall

  • By: Todd Tanner

The 2007 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award

Traver Award winner Jeff Day

Traver Award-winner Jeff Day Donna Chiarelli The results of the 2007 Traver competition have left us shocked-but only in a good way. If you'll remember, we announced earlier this year that we had decided to experiment with changing our 14-year-old "fiction" competition into a "writing" contest in order

Lives of Fly Rods

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Rod Crossman Things have secret lives, according to Neruda. And the longer I live, the more I believe it. Things have secret lives, especially bamboo fly rods. Pablo Neruda was Chile's most beloved poet, and in an article urging poets to focus on simple things, he said it was "wise to scrutinize useful

  • By: Donald J. Goodman

Secrets of the Deep

Lou Tabory's tips on Casting Sinking Lines

  • By: Lou Tabory

Shake and Float


Rod Crossman After much begging the kid gets the keys to his dad's truck and drives to the fly shop in town. There he is talked into more flies than he wants, and a new powder flotant-highly recom-mended-and a spool of 5X. He spends all his money. Then he leaves. He drives the father's truck back to

  • By: Josh Greenberg

In Hemingway's Meadow


Rod Crossman The river, as Hemingway said, was still there. It was there in 1919, swirling against the log pilings of the railroad bridge in Seney, Michigan, while he fished it, feeding grasshoppers downstream with his fly rod and silk line. It was there in 1925, when he sat in a Paris cafe, writing

  • By: Jeff Day

Editor's Notes

Paul Guernsey

Just A Lovely Day

  • By: Paul Guernsey

Short Casts

FR amp R Fly Fishing Film Tour

We're pleased to announce that Kirk Hall of Evanston, Wyoming, is the winner of the 2007 Fly-Fishing Film Festival


Fluvial grayling are abundant in Alaska and Canada  but in the Lower     they are nearly wiped out

Who Needs Grayling? A special fish struggles to hang on in the Lower 48

  • By: Ted Williams


Fish stories; flies for Northeastern salt and a guide's guide to Alaska

10 Minute Ties


Large Matukas: Big browns at twilight and dusk? Here's the fly...

  • By: A. K. Best

Who Fly Fishes?

Tom Balenti

Tom Balenti, chef, restaurant owner

  • By: Stephen Camelio

Sporting Life

The Perfect Host

  • By: John Gierach


TU's Turmoil I am writing in response to Jeff Hull's rather lop-sided piece [July/October] that would have its readers believe a controversy over stream access has crippled Trout Unlimited. Nothing could be further from the truth. The organization's professional and volunteer conservation programs are

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How to tie the nail less nail knot

The Scoop On Loops Casting loops, loop-to-loop connections-and getting fish on the reel

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson