The Heartland's Hottest Hatches


Plan your attack for seven months of the best bug action in the Midwest.

New Gear

The Bauer Rogue is a useful and intelligent design from a company already notable for high quality large arbor reels

March 2008: Bauer's Rogue Reel, new tying vises and material

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

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

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

Mud Hole Browns

  • By: Chad Mason

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

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...