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Fly Fisherman

February/March 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!

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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1 min.
fly fisherman

PUBLISHER/EDITOR ROSS PURNELL ART DIRECTOR DENNIS PASTUCHA SALES REPRESENTATIVE / CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING BEN HOFFMAN 717-695-8075 PRODUCTION MANAGER MELISSA WILLIAMS EDITORIAL OFFICE 6385 FLANK DRIVE, SUITE 800 HARRISBURG, PA 17112 CONTRIBUTING EDITORS OLIVER WHITE PAUL WEAMER HILARY HUTCHESON JOHN SHERMAN JIM MCLENNAN BRUCE CHARD GEORGE DANIEL CHARLIE CRAVEN LANDON MAYER FIELD EDITORS MIKE MERCER WEST COAST LANCE EGAN WESTERN MATT SUPINSKI MIDWEST PAT DORSEY SOUTHWEST JAY NICHOLS NORTHEAST JOHN J. LARISON NORTHWEST BLANE CHOCKLETT SOUTHEAST BRIAN IRWIN NEW ENGLAND CONTRIBUTORS JOE MAHLER PAT FORD DEVIN OLSEN PAT WEISS MICHAEL BRADLEY GEORGE DANIEL GREGORY KOCH JOHN FEDORKA JOE DELMALDERIS JOHN MILLER ANITA COULTON TIM OLIPHANT RYAN FURTAK JUSTIN LYLE ISAIAS MICIU NICOLAEVICI DANNY PALMERLEE JOHN SHERMAN PETER W. FONG TOM AND PAT LEESON TYLER ROEMER DAVE JENSEN NATIONAL AD SALES ACCOUNT DIRECTOR DETROIT OFFICE KEVIN DONLEY 248-798-4458 NATIONAL ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE CHICAGO OFFICE CARL BENSON 312-955-0496 DIRECT RESPONSE ADVERTISING/NON-ENDEMIC ANTHONY SMYTH 914-693-8700 PRESIDENT & CEO JIM LIBERATORE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, PUBLISHING & BRANDED MEDIA MIKE CARNEY EVP, GROUP PUBLISHER & OPERATIONS DEREK SEVCIK VP, CONSUMER MARKETING PETER WATT VP, MANUFACTURING DEB DANIELS DIRECTOR, MARKETING KIM SHAY SENIOR DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION CONNIE MENDOZA DIRECTOR,…

2 min.
the guide issue

When the 185-mile-per hour winds of Category 5 Hurricane Dorian began to disintegrate the walls and roof of his home, Abaco bone-fish guide Travis Sands realized the looming danger of becoming trapped in the rubble of his own home. With floodwaters flushing through the stripped doorway, he zipped up his Yeti waterproof backpack to form a makeshift flotation device and set off into the storm. After many hours of floating, swimming, and clutching at debris, he finally anchored himself to a bulldozer to ride out the final stages of the storm. George Daniel (the guy on our cover with an enormous wild rainbow trout caught on public water in Pennsylvania’s Big Spring) has been a competitor in the World Fly Fishing Championships five times, a U.S. national champion two times, and…

7 min.
the hustle

THE AD IN THE BACK PAGES OF FLY FISHERMAN READ “ALASKAN GUIDE WANTED.” THAT’S HOW ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL AND RECOGNIZED GUIDES ON THE PLANET GOT HIS START—ANSWERING A CLASSIFIED AD IN THE BACK OF THIS VERY MAGAZINE. IT WAS THE EARLY ’90S AND DAVID MANGUM WAS LIVING IN AUSTIN, TEXAS WHILE WRAPPING UP SCHOOL. HE WAS READY FOR A CHANGE, AND THE ALLURE OF GUIDING AND WILDERNESS CALLED TO HIM. When he responded to the advertisement, he discovered that the head guide in Alaska was a Keys captain the rest of the year. Mangum was a Florida native, and the 850 area code was an immediate tip-off. The seed was planted, and the journey that created one of the best guides on the planet began. After a couple of summers in…

8 min.
ground zero and rising

THIRTEEN YEARS AGO, I FISHED THE FLATS THAT RING GREEN TURTLE CAY—PART OF THE ABACO ISLANDS IN THE BAHAMAS. BY DAY I PLAYED TUG-OF-WAR WITH FAT BONEFISH, BY NIGHT I RELAXED AT THE OPULENT GREEN TURTLE CLUB, NIBBLING ON CONCH FRITTERS AND SIPPING BOAT DRINKS. TODAY, THE CLUB IS DECIMATED, ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE ON GREEN TURTLE CAY, AND ON ADJACENT GREAT ABACO, LITTLE ABACO, THE WEST END OF GRAND BAHAMA, AND DOZENS OF SMALLER OUTLYING CAYS. MORE TRAGICALLY, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE DEAD OR STILL LISTED AS MISSING. On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian intensified to a Category 5 storm and crawled into position over the Abacos. It packed sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour and its movement slowed to a pace of one mile per hour as…

10 min.
peter moyle

FOR MOST MODERN-DAY FLY FISHERS, THE CONCEPT OF CATCH-AND-RELEASE IS AS FAMILIAR AS THE IDEA OF HOOKING A FISH ON A FLY ROD. BACK IN THE 1970S, THOUGH, IT WAS AN ODD PROPOSITION. BUT A YOUNG FISH BIOLOGIST NAMED PETER MOYLE PUSHED THE PRACTICE TO BALANCE CONSERVATION AND RECREATION ON A NEWLY CONSERVED STRETCH OF CALIFORNIA’S MCCLOUD RIVER. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE IDEA STUCK. THE MCCLOUD TODAY IS ONE OF CALIFORNIA’S MOST HALLOWED FLY-FISHING STREAMS, AND ITS BEST STRETCH OF FLY WATER IS OPEN TO ANGLERS THANKS TO THE PRACTICAL SOLUTION MOYLE ADVOCATED. HIS SOLUTION ALSO HELPED USHER IN A WAY OF THINKING ABOUT AND HANDLING NATIVE FISH THAT TODAY IS SECOND NATURE FOR NEARLY EVERY FLY ANGLER OUT THERE. Since those early days, Moyle has become California’s preeminent expert on…

10 min.
gear guide 2020 the best new fly rods

G.LOOMIS NRX+ I’ll be sorry to see the old NRX fall by the wayside. It was one of the best rod series of all time, and I’ll always have a deep sentimental attachment. I’ve caught giant trevally, tarpon, peacock bass, arapaima, and sea-run brown trout on my NRX rods—some of my favorite fish of all time were on them. When the series first hit the market, they were lighter than anything else out there. Over the years they proved nearly unbreakable, and they made casting more enjoyable, less like a chore. So of course first my first stubborn question when I heard about the new NRX+ was, “What can G.Loomis possibly do to make it better?” Incredibly, the answer was “everything.” G.Loomis rod designer Steve Rajeff and his team took all of…