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Fly Fisherman

Fly Fisherman

October/November/December 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!

Land:
United States
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Erscheinungsweise:
Bimonthly
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2 Min.
fall, finally

SUMMER IS A BUSY TIME—SUMMER VACATIONS, BEACH TRIPS, HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, VISITING EXTENDED FAMILY, WEDDINGS, GRADUATIONS, AND A MILLION OTHER OBLIGATIONS SEEM TO GET IN THE WAY OF FISHING DURING THE SUMMER. IT’S PROBABLY BEST THAT WAY, AS THE WATER IS WARM, THE HATCHES ARE PRACTICALLY NONEXISTENT, AND IT’S OFTEN JUST TOO HOT TO BE COMFORTABLY FISHING. In September, the days get shorter, the nights get colder, and hatches of aquatic insects start back up. It’s “go time” as far as fishing is concerned. Joshua Bergan, in his story “Autumn in Yellowstone,” points out that after Labor Day, hatches of Timpanoga hecuba mayflies begin on Slough Creek, the Lamar River, and Soda Butte Creek, and tourist traffic in Yellowstone National Park plummets. A month later, there are big browns running up…

4 Min.
tight lines

TUGUR TAIMEN The article “Tugur Taimen” by Keith Rose-Innes in the April-May 2020 issue was a truly inspiring and informative piece on these little-known giants. The author mentions that these taimen feed on chum salmon, and that he used a Skull-Head Game Changer fly that was 10 inches long. This made me wonder: Why would a fish that primarily feeds on whole salmon eat a fly that is “only” 10 inches long? The Rose-Innes article made me want to go to Siberia to find out for myself. CHARLES I. WOHL LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS BEWARE OF TUBERS “The Artifact” by Kelly Bastone in the Aug.-Sep. 2020 issue was about conservation efforts on the Yampa River and the joys of fishing there. I am a longtime Steamboat Springs resident who has fished the river for many years,…

12 Min.
ice travelers

ASSIGNED AS KAMCHATKA FIELD BIOLOGIST BY THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL SENATE, GEORG WILHELM STELLER ARRIVED AT KAMCHATKA’S BOLSHAYA RIVER ON SEPTEMBER 21, 1740. HE WAS ONE OF FEW TO SURVIVE A NOVEMBER 1741 SHIPWRECK DURING THE BERING EXPEDITION TO ALASKA. BY 1743, AFTER STELLER’S RETURN TO KAMCHATKA, HE HAD DESCRIBED FIVE SPECIES OF PACIFIC SALMON THAT STILL CARRY THE NAMES NATIVE PEOPLE GAVE TO HIM (TSHAWYTSCHA, NERKA, KETA, KISUTCH, AND GORBUSCHA), AND THAT OF STEELHEAD (KAMCHATKA SYMOMGA) AND RAINBOW TROUT (MIKYZHA). HIS FINDINGS REMAINED UNPUBLISHED UNTIL STEPAN KRASHENINNIKOV’S A Description of the Land of Kamchatka IN 1755. STEELHEAD AND RAINBOW TROUT WERE NOT OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED AS ONE SPECIES IN BOTH ASIA AND NORTH AMERICA UNTIL 1989. THEY ARE NOW UNIVERSALLY KNOWN AS MY KISS. KAMCHATKA, 1995-1996 My initial experience of where steelhead were…

11 Min.
troubled waters

IT BEGINS AS A GENTLE OUTFLOW FROM LITTLE LAVA LAKE, A TRANQUIL STILL-WATER WITHIN VIEW OF SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS IN OREGON’S CASCADE RANGE. THE UPPER DESCHUTES RIVER FLOWS THROUGH A SERIES OF HIGH LAKES AND THE CITY OF BEND, OREGON, BEFORE FLOWING INTO A RESERVOIR NAMED LAKE BILLY CHINOOK. THE UPPER DESCHUTES, TOGETHER WITH THE CROOKED RIVER RUNNING FROM THE EAST THROUGH AGRICULTURAL AND HIGH DESERT LANDSCAPES, AND THE SPRING-FED, COLD, CLEAR, AND PRISTINE METOLIUS RIVER NOTCHED THROUGH AN AGELESS PONDEROSA FOREST, COMPOSE THE UPPER DESCHUTES BASIN; ALL THREE RIVERS MEET IN LAKE BILLY CHINOOK. The Wild & Scenic lower Deschutes River emerges from a complex of reservoirs and three dams owned and operated by Portland General Electric (PGE) and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation (CTWSR). The lower river flows…

13 Min.
the streak

MY HANDS ARE NUMB. PARTS OF THEM AT LEAST. IT’S COLD, BUT IT WAS WORSE YESTERDAY. I CAN FEEL A MIGRAINE COMING ON. MAYBE IT’S FROM THE LIGHT REFLECTING OFF THE SEA OF SNOW LAID OUT BEFORE ME. IT’S THE LAST DAY OF FEBRUARY. WE HAVE TO CATCH A FISH. THE STREAK HANGS IN THE BALANCE. AS A FILMMAKER I APPRECIATE THE DRAMA, BUT DIDN’T WISH FOR IT. MY CAMERA IS DIGGING INTO MY SHOULDER. IT’S HEAVY. I STEP FORWARD AND NEARLY DISAPPEAR INTO A SNOWDRIFT. I’M UP TO MY ARMPITS IN FLUFF. IT’S ALMOST FUNNY HOW HARD THIS SLOG THROUGH THE SNOW IS BECOMING. I HOPE WE CATCH ONE. ANOTHER SNOWDRIFT, NOT AS DEEP. MY LEGS ARE ANGRY WITH ME.” FRIENDS AND FAMILY Rick Branzell is the sort of man who…

9 Min.
bookshelf

GAME CHANGER Game Changer: Tying Flies that Look & Swim Like the Real Thing by Blane Chocklett. Headwater Books, 2020, 248 pages, $50 hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-934753-47-7. In August 2016 I flew to Mongolia with a quiver of rods and lines, prepared to explore the headwaters of a river known to hold giant Hucho taimen. I had many boxes of flies, but my two favorites didn’t fit in any fly box. Fly tier Blane Chocklett had sent me two 16-inch T-Bone flies—and I tucked them away safely, only to be used in case of a fishing emergency. T-Bones are part of what Blane Chocklett describes as “The Game Changer Platform”—that’s also the title of Chapter 1 of his new book. When I set out for Mongolia I had already used Game Changers for some…