Fall Blitz at Clark Canyon

  • By: Norm Zeigler
Clark b

Jerry Kustich shook his head and said:“Man-o-man, there are some beautiful fish in here.” Kustich, a bamboo-rod builder and co-owner of Sweetgrass Rods in Twin Bridges, Montana, had just released a 22½-inch brown trout into frothing waves. Kustich and I had been planning for several

Autumn Days in the Bay

  • By: Tom Keer

Whenever folks ask me where I live, I adopt my best body-builder pose, arm curled tight, and point just below my wrist on the inside of my forearm. My anatomical reference is to Wellfleet, on outer Cape Cod. Everyone laughs, but the biggest cackles come from Michiganders because they know what it's like to chart geography on a body part. (Michigan is known as the Mitten because of its resemblance to the hand shoe.) But, then again, they may just find humor in the fact that I need to hit the gym and grunt out a few hundred more bicep curls.But no gym time for me now because it's fall on the Cape and that's fishing time. Vacation crowds leave in droves around Labor Day, and we anglers have the entire sandbar to ourselves. There are few vehicles waiting at red lights and beach parking lots are virtually empty (and non-permit parking is generally allowed). Vehicles with bike racks disappear and are replaced by rigs with rod racks. By Columbus Day, the restaurants are closed, and it becomes increasingly difficult to get a cup of coffee or some junk food to chow on in between midnight fishing trips.


  • By: Maximilian Werner

The 2008 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award 2nd Place Story: "Last summer I invited death to go fishing on the Weber River. On the way there we listened to Morning Edition on NPR. The stories were sadly familiar: A suicide bomber killed himself and 40 other men, women and children in a market in Baghdad; two American soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb that had been stuffed into the chest of a dead dog; the body of a missing college girl was found inside her car in a river near her home town."

Early Running Browns

  • By: Walter Wiese

Mature brown trout run to spawning areas each fall. And you can catch these fall-run browns weeks earlier than most anglers think—sometimes months earlier. I told my clients this as we walked down a steep hill toward some of the better water on Nameless River in Wyoming (you didn’t think

The Shining Path


Winner of the 2008 Robert Traver Fly-Fishing Writing Award. Michael Doherty is a fly-fisher and a doctor who lives in Seattle. This is his first published work of fiction. His entry was selected as the best of 2008 from a record number of Traver Award submissions. We congratulate Michael on his achievement.

Refusal Analysis

  • By: Trapper Badovinac
Trout have a blind spot immediately in front of their nose  which can lead to false refusals

Why trout refuse to eat your fly, and what you can do to change their fishy minds.

WEB BONUS: Be Bear Aware!

  • By: A. J. Hand
  • and A. J. Somerset
  • Photography by: Adriano Manocchia
  • and Al Caucci
  • Illustrations by: A. J. Hand
  • , Al Ristori
  • and Albert Haas Jr.
Bear Pepper Mace

The author of "Call of the Wild Cutthroats" offers some tips on staying safe in bear country...

The CDC Detached Body Mayfly

  • By: Barry Ord Clarke
CDC Detached Body Mayfly

From Europe comes an inventive mayfly pattern with an easy-to-make extended body and a floats-like-a-cork CDC wing.

500 Grains of Baja Adventure

  • By: Scott Sadil
  • Photography by: Gary Bulla

Fast-sinking lines, big flies, ocean-going kayaks and an endless array of species- it must be Baja, Mexico. Travel to the coast of La Paz to learn how it's done, by kayak...

Call of the Wild Cutthroats

  • By: R. C. Hooker
  • Photography by: Darrel Coverdell
  • and Clint Walker

Fishing for cutthroat trout in the backcountry of Montana's Glacier National Park takes a little bit of fortitude-which means check your bear-anoia at the park entrance.