Short Casts

Short Casts

The winner of the Bob White reel contest, Fish Porn and more.

Leaf Argotti in New Zealand

The 2008 Robert Traver Fly-fishing Writing Contest

We are excited to announce that we're now accepting entries for the 2008 Robert Traver Fly-fishing Writing Contest. The contest is open to essays as well as works of fiction, so if you have an essay or short story idea bouncing around your head, start writing now. The winning piece will be printed in the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of FR&R and the author will receive a $2,500 prize courtesy of the John D. Voelker Foundation.

As for the contest rules, the winning essay or story must be: "A distinguished original essay or work of short fiction that embodies an implicit love of fly-fishing, respect for the sport and the natural world in which it takes place, and high literary values."

To enter, send in a typed, double-space manuscript of no more than 3,500 words to Fly Rod& Reel, Robert Traver Award, PO Box 370, Camden, ME 04843. Submit your manuscript on a CD along with a hard copy, and please include an oversize self-addressed stamped envelope. No e-mail submissions will be accepted. Entries must be post marked by April 15, 2008.

Robert Traver was the pen name of John D. Voelker, the Michigan Supreme Court justice and beloved author of 11 books, including Trout Madness, Trout Magic; Anatomy of a Fisherman and Anatomy of a Murder. The John D. Voelker Foundation raises all of the Robert Traver Award money through donations from foundation members. Please join with the Voelker Foundation in helping them maintain this valuable national writing award that pays tribute to the foundation's namesake.

Fish Porn

Dawn Fischer with a Deschutes River summer steelhead caught on a floating line on the swing.

Casts from the Past

An indicator is a mechanical, strictly visual device-one can be hypnotized by the floating bit and lose the other senses that are so necessary for nymphing success… Use strike indicators as an aid to nymphing, but don't let them become a crutch.

Joe Humphreys in May/June 1992

Cigarettes, Crack and Fly-fishing Don't Mix

In an interview in the September 2007 issue of Esquire Magazine, country music legend Steve Earle mentioned the role fly-fishing played in his decision to quit smoking:

"I actually did more damage to my lungs smoking crack [than smoking cigarettes]. But I had to quit. I fish in some of the most extreme places in the world. Trout don't live in ugly places, and most of them are above 5,000 feet. I fish for trout with a fly rod, and you need lungs for that."

And there you have it.

Bob White Reel ID Contest Winners

Last issue we asked readers to guess the make and model of the reel depicted in the Bob White illustration (left). At most, we expected to receive perhaps a dozen entries, with a few correct answers, but the response was overwhelming. Clearly, FR&R readers know their gear. Thanks to everyone who entered.

So, what was the right answer?
Ocean City, Model 35

And the winners are:
Tianna Coykendall, of Pratt, Kansas
Bob Inguagiato, of Walnut Grove, Missouri