Essay: After the Fire

  • By: John Holt
I can stare directly at the sun all day  It      s just a blood red ball up in the sky  The smoke and the never ending heat   it

A trip into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness finds fish and new life amid the ashes

Six Big Smallie Streamers

  • By: Harry Murray
smallie_stringer

Flies guaranteed to catch smallmouths all across the country

Gear Review: 13 Budget and Backup Rods

  • By: Ted Leeson
Temple Fork Outfitters   Jim Teeny

$200 can buy a lot of rod these days

The Epic Salmon of Russia's Kola Peninsula

  • By: Greg Thomas
kola_fight

A once-in-a-lifetime trip to the best salmon river in the world

Mud Hole Browns

  • By: Chad Mason
mud_cast

Don't ignore the dark water for big trout

Fly Tying: The San Juan Worm Ball

  • By: Dan Fink

What could be better than one San Juan Worm? A bunch of them.

The Cold Shame of Winter Steelhead

  • By: Scott Sadil

Not for the faint of heart nor the weak of spirit

The Latest in Wading Boots

  • By: Ted Leeson
PatagoniaCanyon

The ongoing changes in fly tackle are sometimes easily explained. A new technology-graphite, or waterproof/breathable fabrics-presents possibilities that are then busily exploited for several seasons. But other flurries of change are less scrutable...

Hunting Huge Pike

  • By: Jim Reilly

in northern Saskatchewan

Knots You Need to Know

  • By: Buzz Bryson
Double surgeon      s loop and blood knot

Big fish can take your breath away and make your knees buckle. It might be a 20-inch rainbow, sucking down size 22, maybe size 24 Blue-Wing Olives, in a glassy smooth run. Or it could be the sight of your first 10-pound bonefish, slowly cruising a huge flat... In the former, you're trying to watch