Fly Rod and Reel Spring 2014


Upfront Notes

Greg Thomas

upfront notes /// greg thomas

I like catching large fish as much as the next guy, maybe more; the bigger the better. I have not entered that Zen realm where any trout is as good as the next as long as it’s taken from a beautiful stream, on a dry fly if at all possible.

  • By: Greg Thomas



Photographer: Jeff Edvalds

  • Photography by: Jeff Edvalds

Guide Flies


Forget what Bogart said. Crush trout this spring with Chan’s deadly micro-leeches.

Personal History


jA PRIME NOTION OF TROUT FISHING has long been its supposed “arc of development.” In essential form, this begins with wanting to catch the most fish, morphs into pursuit of the largest, and concludes with a sole interest in a river’s most challenging specimens.

  • By: Galen Mercer
  • Illustrations by: Galen Mercer

An Angle on Art

  • By: Bob White



AS I RECALL HISTORY, “Me and Joe” tales started circulating out of the Big Three sporting journals (Sports Afield, Outdoor Life and Field & Stream) in the late 1960s. I was sorry to see them go, but during the early ’70s I learned they were stars of a sub-genre dedicated to faux-simpletons who used lousy grammar to express “sappy” sentiments in silly stories.

  • By: Seth Norman



jJudging by his Twitter feud WITH Kanye West or his supposed love affair with Ben Affleck, everything seems to be a joking matter for Jimmy Kimmel. But underneath that crooked smile and snarky laugh is a serious guy.

  • By: Stephen Camelio



Non-indigenous fish were introduced to Yellowstone National Park decades ago.
Now, in the few places possible and in the face of loud opposition,
park stewards are correcting that blunder.

  • By: Ted Williams
  • Photography by: Jay Fleming

Practical and Useful


Four steps to consistently taking trout on dries.

  • By: David Hughes

Bimini's Giant Bonefish


I don’t think Hemingway really cared about a quiet place to write when he spent consecutive years on Bimini, back in 1935 and 1936, although he did pen To Have and Have Not during that time.

  • By: Greg Thomas
  • Photography by: Greg Thomas

We Were Very Lucky

  • By: Brian Irwin
  • Photography by: Brian Irwin

The Abaco Island Tarpon Experiment


Armando Pagliari likes to get under people’s skin. In Quebec, I’ve heard him shout at his favorite salmon guide, Rodney Gallon, “Hey Rodney, you are the worst effin’ guide in the world.” But then, to compensate for his evil entertainment, Pagliari spoils Gallon with lavish tips.

  • By: Greg Thomas
  • Photography by: Greg Thomas

Pilgrims in Inagua


Eighty-plus years after the
wreck of the
Great Inagua remains a
“damned queer little island.”
With leaping tarpon,
giant bonefish and more.

  • By: Jerry Gibbs
  • Photography by: Jerry Gibbs

California Spring


California may be the promised land for many, including all those snowbirds who ride out winter in Palm Desert, and the yearlong sun seekers living large and scantily clad in SoCal, but eastern and northern California feel a lot like the rest of the country during winter, which makes spring a blessing when it arrives.

  • By: Val Atkinson
  • Photography by: Val Atkinson

The Sporting Life


The goal of fly-fishing isn’t just to

  • By: John Gierach
  • Illustrations by: Bob White