Anglers Journal

Anglers Journal Summer 2020

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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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here and now

You forget the magic that comes from being so engrossed in something that your mind thinks only of the here and now — in this case, a bunch of fish way up on the mud flats, breaking water with their tails and backs. Spring had been late, and the water was colder than normal. And you knew that if you were to find fish, they would likely be in the shallows, where the sun had warmed the dark mud and skinny water. I nudged the kayak a stroke closer and let the wind and current pull me off the spot as I cast. Bang. I fought and released a nice striper. Release, return and repeat. None of us is free from the clinches of time, but for a couple of hours that…

3 min.

Sammy Chang is a photographer and fly fisherman based in Athens, Georgia. His work focuses primarily on the fish, scenery and fly-fishing culture of the Southeast. He has been published in Eastern Fly Fishing, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Trout, The FlyFish Journal and Strung Magazine. Sammy took the photo in our “Wild Child” spread at the beginning of this issue. Chris Dombrowski is the author of two books of poetry, including Earth Again. His book Body of Water, about legendary guide David Pinder Sr. and bonefishing on Grand Bahama Island, was published by Milkweed Editions. A longtime guide who lives with his family in western Montana, Chris shares anecdotes from 20-plus years of bringing anglers to fish. Pat Ford is a retired Miami lawyer, award-winning fishing photographer and angler who has held two…

3 min.

THAT’S A KEEPER The Spring issue looks like your best work ever. Congrats to Nick Mayer for the fantastic cover and artwork for the article [“Prized Catch”]. I bought a large-scale print of a humpback whale from Nick a couple of years ago. He is almost a neighbor; we both live in Vermont. Let the reading begin. Thomas Curran via Facebook AFFECTED BY A PEBBLE Well-done for your excellent article on the Pebble Project [“High Stakes Threat,” Spring]. The writer, Isabelle Ross, avoided the usual clichés of the greedy industrialists and the tree-hugging greens. Rather, the article showed that in a project such as this, there will be those in the community and elsewhere who benefit and those who stand to lose, regardless of the final outcome. As an Irishman living in Luxembourg who has been…

3 min.
the armchair angler

Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers By John Gierach Simon & Schuster John Gierach’s latest book delivers the same caliber stories he’s been providing the fly-fishing community for decades. At 74, Gierach takes us across North America — to lakes, rivers and streams — to catch muskie in Wisconsin, brook trout in Labrador, redbands on the Columbia River, and native cutthroat, along with a smattering of introduced species, in the high country of Colorado. But Dumb Luck and the Kindness of Strangers also ushers in a new phase for Gierach. His recent move from his home of the last 50 years, and the physical ailments and eventual passing of a longtime fishing partner, texture the narratives with an acknowledgment of a novel stage of life. Yet even with this movement, we are grounded…

3 min.
fishing in the fog of covid-19

Recently, my brother, who lives in South Florida, sent me a photograph of a tarpon he’d caught off Islamorada. “I practiced socially distant fishing,” he said. No need for a mask. There was no one else aboard his boat, let alone on the water. “The lack of boats on a Sunday morning was eerie,” he told me. In a neat trick of maritime multitasking, Andy piloted the boat, fought the 110-pound fish, photographed it and released it. I confess to a twinge of envy. I live in Washington, D.C., an inconvenient distance from good, fishable waters, and I don’t own a boat. Anyway, my favorite fish are trout, which are far from an urban pursuit. Usually during this time of year, I’d be streamside in Devon, England, casting for browns, but…

3 min.
places of peace

At a fishing clinic years ago, I was asked to close my eyes and visualize my favorite water, holding the image in my mind as a source of strength. I remember that exercise and return to it now to anchor myself, at a time when I feel unmoored, conjuring in my imagination places that have been my sanctuaries for the last few years — places of comfort, places of peace. Riding in a jetboat back to camp after a long day on the river chasing big fish, my best fishing buddy and I sit on the riveted aluminum bottom, leaning back against the bench with our legs propped up La-Z-Boy-style, sharing a beer. The evening hatch pelts us in the face, and we have our buffs pulled up to avoid eating…