The Shining Path

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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: Al Ristori
  • , A. J. Hand
  • 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
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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
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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.

100th Sporting Life: Works of Art

  • By: John Gierach
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A celebration of the collaboration of John Gierach and Bob White.

WEB BONUS: Baja Flies

  • By: Scott Sadil
From the top  Tuna Tux  Amigo  JPs Sardina and Crease Fly

Four fly patterns that Baja guide Gary Bulla uses to put clients on ocean fish.

Spring Creek Stealth

  • By: Tom Keer
  • Photography by: Jim Levison
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Tactical approaches on a hidden spring creek bring success.

Bass, Hornets & Good Endings

  • By: Robin Carey
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Stinging memories trigger deeper remembrances.