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Fly Fisherman

Fly Fisherman June/July 2020

Fly Fisherman is the world's leading magazine for fly fishing. Every issue provides expert advice on the latest fly fishing techniques, the newest tackle and the hottest new fly patterns. Through informative articles, it highlights the best destinations for trout, salmon, steelhead, bass and saltwater species around the world!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
certainty and security in fly fishing

The trout are already fat from the bounty of spring—Blue-winged Olives, grannom caddis, Quill Gordons, and Hendricksons have come and gone. White rhododendrons, mountain laurel, and serviceberries are flowering in the river valleys, signaling what is to me the annual full bloom of nature. Serviceberry trees are also known in these parts as shadberry trees, shadwood, or shad-bush because the blossoms appear when the shad run up the Delaware and Hudson rivers. In this same time frame, the trout are looking up, and the best hatch of the year is just starting. Sulphurs have the trout in Penns Creek, the Little J, and Spring Creek feeding on the surface in the afternoons and evenings . . . right around the time of day when turkeys are gobbling and strutting in…

4 min.
tight lines

EPHEMERAL BUT IMPORTANT This year the Trump administration reversed five decades of Clean Water Act protection for nearly 20 percent of all rivers and more than half of all wetlands. This administration replaced what is known as the Clean Water Rule with its own regulation declaring that ephemeral streams (those that flow only after a heavy rain or snow) and isolated wetlands (those that do not have a continual surface connection to a larger body of water) are no longer deemed “waters of the United States” eligible for protection under the federal Clean Water Act. American Rivers and other conservation organizations, along with a dozen or more states, are suing the administration to overturn what we are calling the “Dirty Water Rule.” If you enjoy fly fishing headwater streams for native trout, your…

8 min.
the paiute fisheaters

THE STORY OF THE LAHONTAN CUTTHROAT IS ONE OF SURVIVAL, AGAINST ALL ODDS. THEY ARE THE LARGEST OF THE CUTTHROAT SPECIES. NATURALIST STEVE RAYMOND CALLED THEM “THE LAST SURVIVORS OF AN ANCIENT RACE OF SUPER TROUT.” THE RECORDS, STORIES, AND PHOTOS SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT THESE WERE INDEED THE WORLD’S LARGEST TRUE TROUT. THE WORLD RECORD WAS LANDED AT PYRAMID LAKE IN 1925 AT 41 POUNDS. A REPLICA OF THAT FISH IS STILL ON DISPLAY AT CROSBY LODGE. THERE WERE EVEN UNSUPPORTED CLAIMS OF FISH IN THE 50- TO 60-POUND RANGE. THESE ARE TROUT SO BIG THEY DON’T LOOK REAL—THEY LOOK LIKE OBESE CARICATURES. Lahontan trout evolved in the tributaries of ancient Lake Lahontan through the ice ages until about 7,000 years ago, when the lake shrank to leave only remnants.…

9 min.
shocking developments

AN EVINRUDE-POWERED JET SLED SLOWLY PROWLS A LONG POOL ON THE SOUTH FORK OF THE SNAKE RIVER. THE OLIVE-JACKETED PASSENGERS SPORT CAPS EMBLAZONED WITH THE SHIELD OF IDAHO FISH & GAME. TWO OF THEM USE LONG-HANDLED NETS TO CAPTURE BELLY-UP FISH THAT HAVE JUST BEEN STUNNED BY ELECTRIC CURRENTS EMANATING FROM A POWERFUL BATTERY PACK ABOARD THE BOAT. THE ELECTROSHOCKING IS . IF THE TROUT AREN’T NETTED QUICKLY, THEY REGAIN THEIR SENSES AND FLEE TO DEEPER WATER. The fish that do end up in the net—cutthroat, browns, and rainbows—are measured, and these stats are recorded before the crew moves to new water, where they repeat the process again and again. This type of activity is used on rivers across the country to measure the health of fisheries and overall abundance, but…

4 min.
gear guide light & fast

Thirty years ago, I had one pair of wading boots—Gary Borger Weinbrenner boots with felt soles. I did everything in those boots: I wore them in the drift boat, I waded large rivers with easy gravel bottoms, rock-hopped in bouldery slippery creeks, and I carried those bad boys in my backpack to high mountain lakes and streams. You couldn’t walk very far in them because they were heavy, and the felt soles were like walking on banana peels once you strayed out of the streambed. The soggy wet boots were so heavy on my feet at the end of the day, I couldn’t wait to get them off. The next day when I picked them up, they were still waterlogged and just as heavy. It seemed they never dried out. Those…

3 min.
new & notable

DOUGLAS SKY G The new SKY G ($795, douglasoutdoors.com) by rod designer Fred Contaoi uses what Douglas Outdoors is calling G-Tec Platelets. These are graphene particles mixed into the resin of the rod to help strengthen the structure without adding weight, and the technology has allowed Douglas Outdoors to produce a 9-foot 5-weight fly rod that weighs in at 2.69 ounces. More important, the rod feels lighter while casting, with more concise tracking and a faster recovery period. It has a low swing weight, it can generate high line speeds and power, yet you can dial it back to present dry flies softly and precisely. It excels in the 15-to 50-foot casting range. The SKY G is easy on the eyes with REC titanium shape memory CERecoil stripper guides with zirconia inserts,…