Table-top Tools

  • By: Ted Leeson
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While it’s true that the best tools in fly-tying are our 10 fingers, most of us find them a necessary, but not sufficient, condition.

Peacocks in the Agua Boa

  • By: James Prosek
  • Photography by: Val Atkinson
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"On my first day fishing the Agua Boa, an upper tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil, I learned that a peacock bass is not like a largemouth bass..."

Next Steps in Island Park, ID

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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SPECIAL REPORT: WorldCast Anglers, the owners of the A-Bar property proximate to the Henry's Fork in Island Park, discuss plans for the future.

Last Call

  • By: Jim Dean
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Raise a glass to Closing time at an east Idaho fly-fishing oasis. "The A-Bar is so fondly regarded by fly fishermen that writer Kirk Deeter described it in a lyrical tribute in Big Sky Journal as the student union of The University of the River, Henry’s Fork Campus."

Trout at the End of the World

  • By: Sebastian Hope
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Argentina's Rio Irigoyen is one of the angling world's newest options for trophy sea-run brown trout.

Time Away from Time

  • By: Greg Thomas
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Midway through 2009, I couldn’t complain about the angling year. I started in January chasing sea-run cutthroats around Washington’s Puget Sound, and then migrated north to the Queen Charlotte Islands for steelhead. By April I was throwing Spey on the Skagit River and shortly after, I was doing the same in Oregon on the North Umpqua. Right after that I headed to Maine for landlocked Atlantic salmon. In May I was in southeast Alaska putting the smackdown on more sea-run cutthroats and steelhead, along with some meaty dolly varden.

Dries When the Snow Flies

  • By: Chad Mason
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"On spring creeks and tailwaters throughout the country, some of the year’s best and loneliest dry-fly action happens from December through late winter."

Greatest of All Time

  • By: E. Donnall Thomas
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Are steelhead to fly-fishing what Mohammad Ali was to boxing?

The Secret Life of Walter Troutty

  • By: R. C. Hooker
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"Walter looked at the Lucite containers of pelts and parts surrounding him like circles of ice. The fur and hair ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous—antron, kip tails, hare hair, micro mink, monkey pelt and yak."

2009 Traver Award Winner: The Land Beyond Maps

  • By: Pete Fromm
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The 2009 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award Winning Story: "She casts again, the backcast too low, almost onto the rocks, but there’s only beach back there. This time she strips too fast, the fly skittering across the water, which is all the trout needs to bust after it like some hog bass. Totally hooks itself."