The Better Part (Or Half) of Valor

  • By: Will Rice
  • Photography by: Will Rice
Debora Rice with Nanci Morris, hoisting an Alaska char.

Nanci Morris Lyons is one of the best guides in southwest Alaska, so my wife Debra just grinned and nodded when Nanci told her, “No husband should ever try to teach his wife how to drive a car, pilot a plane or use a fly rod. Come on out to Bristol Bay and I’ll show you how to cast a fly without developing all of Rice’s bad habits.”

Guides as Teachers

  • By: Jim Dean
  • Photography by: Barry Beck
  • and Cathy Beck
Guides Teaching

It’s a waste of money to hire a guide to take you fishing. Say what? I’ll put it another way. If your reason for hiring a guide is simply to catch a lot of fish, you’ll be happy with the result most of the time. But if that’s your only goal, you’re squandering a superb opportunity to significantly improve your fly-fishing skills.

School Matters

  • By: Kathy Scott
  • Photography by: Kathy Scott
Lawrence High Fly-fishing Club

Fly Fishers always have the same reaction. When I say, “We offer fly-fishing to all 8th graders in phys-ed classes. And I’m the co-advisor of the Varsity Fly Fishing Club at the high school,” that news sinks in for a minute. Then they always say, “Wow, I wish I’d gone to your school!”

Spring Bonus: The Living Flies of Kelly Galloup

  • By: Greg Thomas
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In the Spring 2010 issue of Fly Rod & Reel, Montana-based streamer maniac Kelly Galloup talks about the designs of his living streamer flies (the Sex Dungeon is seen here):

Spreading Tenkara

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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San Francisco’s Daniel Galhardo is the country’s leading proponent of tenkara. "Tenkara is a form of fly-fishing that originated in the mountain streams of Japan. It has a very long history. Some speculate that it goes back at least some 400 years. Tenkara was practiced by professional anglers in the mountain villages of Japan."

Get the Float Line

  • By: Darrel Martin
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AUTUMN WEB BONUS: A sidebar on building a fly that accomplishes the right float line...From the "All About…Hackle" department in the Autumn 2010 issue.

Cover Coverage

  • By: Greg Thomas
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"We’ve used that partridge for so many years it solidifies the usefulness of that material in imitating Callibaetis spinners," says Rene' Harrop of the pattern on our Autumn 2010 cover.

SUMMER BONUS: Crossover Flies

  • By: Fly Rod and Reel
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More coverage from our Summer 2010 issue, from the feature "Fresh for the Salt" on patterns that do double-duty for fresh- and saltwater species.

Sighting In Trout

  • By: Kirk Deeter
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"The more time you spend focusing and tuning in on the subtleties of rivers, the more you ultimately become the fly angler you want to be."

Flies from Middle Earth

  • By: Darrel Martin
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"After wading through swift waters, stumbling over rock-strewn river beds and long trudges down abrupt canyons, I sensed that New Zealand might be no place for old men. Yet, the moment that I spotted a large, lovely brown, all was forgiven."