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Anglers Journal Winter 2018

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Anglers Journal celebrates the best writing, photography, illustration, design and sporting art on the topic of fishing. Come join some of the most prolific fishing editors and writers in the industry for the best angling experience on the water.

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United States
Active Interest Media
$12.82(Incl. tax)
$28.42(Incl. tax)
4 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
9 to 5? not for this bunch

There is a group of young, seminomadic fishing folks, mostly men, moving with the seasons, guiding, taking odd jobs in the down time, and fishing as much as they can. Some are living on the margins of the grid, trying to figure out which current seam to follow. Are they postponing adulthood by shunning traditional careers and eschewing the corporate life? And if so, what’s wrong with that? They’ve found another way, at least for a while. If there is ever a good time to be bold and footloose, it’s when you and the world feel young. I spoke with a handful of young guides recently who have no interest in following a traditional career path or the 9-to-5 routine. The concept of corporate ladders, casual Fridays, sitting in traffic, synergizing, paradigm…

3 min.

Andy Anderson was the first staff photographer for Men’s Journal and now shoots for Outside, Stern, Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler and Town & Country, among others, in addition to some of the biggest advertising agencies in the world. Andy’s work appears in “Ice Stories.” A former petroleum geologist and wildlife biologist, Rick Bass is an environmentalist who has authored more than 30 books. He lives in Montana’s Yaak Valley and is a member of the Yaak Valley Forest Council, which works to protect as wilderness the last roadless lands in that area. Rick writes about ice fishing as a remedy for cabin fever in this issue. An education in English and film helped Austin Coit develop an appreciation for the art of storytelling. Between rigging ballyhoo and cutting squid on his stepdad’s…

2 min.

SUBSCRIBE TO ANGLERS JOURNAL Call (800) 877-5207 or visit anglersjournal.com. Subscriptions are $20 for one year (four issues: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Please send letters and comments to Anglers Journal, 10 Bokum Road, Essex, CT 06426, or email wsisson@aimmedia.com. COVER TO COVER I want to compliment you on the article about steelheading in the Lake Erie tributaries in the Fall 2017 issue [“Doctor’s Orders: Fall Steelhead”]. Erie is a great place during the steelhead run. I especially enjoy taking a lunch break at Girard Dinor in Girard, Pennsylvania, where you don’t have to take off your waders to eat. The weather isn’t always cooperative — beautiful but cold. I thoroughly enjoy every issue of Anglers Journal and read it cover to cover. The writing, photos and overall content are head and shoulders above the…

1 min.

It’s my night for dishes so everyone has left the kitchen. There on the cutting board the head of a brook trout we had for supper. A brookie to the kids who caught it. I look at the face, the dour fish face with its flat eye. At the table we talked about eating animals. The children won’t eat venison — Deer are spiritual. Trout are a dime a dozen. I know what they mean, but while I ate I kept thinking about the fish, its lifetime in the lake, how it travelled all day through layers of color down into shadowed zones of boulders and sunken logs. About its being drawn to sunlight polishing the water’s surface, brilliant, a fish’s heaven. Holding its body perfectly still in a cold current feeding the lake, watching…

1 min.
how i got that shot

We were on our way back to Venice, Louisiana, after a great day of fishing the offshore rigs. The day had been sunny, with no chop, and the yellowfin had been busting on top. We took two nice tuna on popping plugs and spinning outfits. Everyone was pretty excited. I had the idea of making a long exposure while the boat was running. The idea was to shoot at a slow shutter speed to make the water smooth and glassy, accentuating the sense of speed. The tricky part was finding a shutter speed that was slow enough to create the water effect I was after but fast enough to avoid things becoming too blurry. I climbed to the upper station of the 37-foot SeaVee and balanced the camera on the helm seat.…

6 min.
stone-cold awesome

I awoke in a stupor, exhausted, alarm blaring at 3:30 a.m. My body on autopilot, I noticed the light coating of snow on the truck before piling my gear inside. I sat alongside Brian Malchoff. Our silence was comfortable, the kind we’ve shared on many occasions during our summers guiding together in Alaska. We drove westward, with cold weather and a clear winter sky greeting us. We were not here to be warm or comfortable; we were going to fish the Niagara River near Lewiston, one of the most dynamic fisheries in western New York for steelhead. Brian and I checked our egos at the car as we slipped into our waders and boots, still wet from the day prior. The steep hike into the 300-foot canyon on slippery shale meant that…