Fly Fisherman

Fly Fisherman April/May 2019

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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!

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4 Min.
everglades restoration starts now

THE STORY OF Everglades restoration (and the abuses that brought us here) is convoluted, filled with political intrigue, and does more than just display the hubris of mankind. It shows that this planet—and all its interconnected moving parts—is not an unstoppable cosmic juggernaut. It’s actually a finely balanced instrument that’s more comparable to a Swiss timepiece. If you damage the inner workings, you can expect it to fail. To tell the entire story of the Everglades would require a book, or many books. Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1947 wrote such a book (The Everglades: River of Grass) that showed how the Everglades had already been degraded by real estate developers and state and federal governments engaged in an attempt to dry up the Everglades through a series of levees and diversions…

8 Min.
tight lines

❱ HUGE OVERSIGHT In keeping with the spirit of your caveat that prefaces the story “50 Most Influential Fly Fishers” in the recent 50th Anniversary issue, we would like to address the omission of a person that we feel was a huge oversight: One of your own field editors, Pat Dorsey. We’ve known Dorsey, who is a guide and co-owner of The Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado for more than 25 years. He is a great teacher and mentor. We’ve been fortunate enough to fly fish with guides and outfitters all over the world—New Zealand, Cuba, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Scotland, the Keys, the Florida Panhandle, and many freshwater locations. We’ve met, and chatted with, a number of the people on your list. Many of them are fantastic but no one,…

9 Min.
the bob

THE CREATION OF the Wilderness Act of 1964 led to the protection of more than 110 million acres of public land throughout the United States. Designated Wilderness Areas are protected to remain wild and free. Most are devoid of any structures or roads—they are wilderness in the truest sense of the word. That doesn’t make them off limits by any stretch—they are public lands for all of us to enjoy and use—but they come with restrictions to preserve them for future generations. Access is the usually the biggest limiting factor in these wilderness areas. No motorized vehicles are permitted and that means no ATVs. Bicycles aren’t allowed, and even the trail crews can’t use chainsaws, so to get into the heart of one of America’s true wilderness areas you have to…

16 Min.
miracle on the miramichi

LAST MAY, BOBBY Norton of Upper Oxbow Adventures and I fished in his camouflaged Tracker boat in the middle of hundreds of thousands of surface-feeding striped bass. It gave us the exhilarating feeling of being part of an immense natural event—like the blitzes off Montauk, but in a river 800 miles farther north. It was like Chesapeake Bay 20 years ago. You could hear the tails of striped bass slapping the water and their mouths gulping rainbow smelt. The frantic baitfish were spraying everywhere, and the air smelled fishy. One, maybe two million striped bass were making their way upriver in waves to spawn, and the smelt were dropping back to the salt water of the Gulf of St. Lawrence at the completion of their spawn. We caught stripers until there…

9 Min.
from foster care to fly fishing

SHE FEELS HER demons rising, the anxiety building. She drives to the river. While piecing together her fly rod, she chants to herself, “I can let it go for a while. I’m just going to cast. I can let it go.” With each mend her anxiety eases, her breaths even out, and she is reminded why she calls the river her home. Before long, a fish is in her net and she finds herself smiling, unexpectedly. Fly fishing is more than a sport to Kayla Lockhart, it’s the tool she uses to manage her recovery from a broken childhood. “Because I come back from the river feeling like I spent hours participating in talk therapy, without even having said a word, I wish I would have learned about fly fishing as…

4 Min.
gear guide

Mud Hole MHX Native When I received a Mud Hole rod-building kit a few days before Christmas, I had never built my own fly rod before. I’d thought about delving into the custom rod hobby before, but to tell you the truth I was a little intimidated. I tie flies fairly well, but I’m not exactly a “handy” person. I hoped this kit would change all that. I was 13 the last time I attempted a custom project. That kit was designed to build a percussion cap pistol—the wooden kind that pirates carried. But that kit had terrible directions, and the pistol I built didn’t resemble the photo on the box. After its completion, one of my father’s friends suggested we shoot it. But even at age 13, I was smart enough…