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Fly Fisherman

Fly Fisherman

June/July 2021
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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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
the greatest of all time

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG EDITOR 25 YEARS AGO, BERNARD “LEFTY” KREH INVITED ME AND PUBLISHER JOHN RANDOLPH TO HIS HOME IN COCKEYSVILLE, MARYLAND. HIS WIFE EVELYN GREETED US AT THE DOOR, AND LEFTY SPENT THE NEXT TWO HOURS GIVING ME A PRIVATE SLIDE SHOW USING A PROJECTOR IN HIS UPSTAIRS OFFICE. The photos weren’t to show me all the big fish Lefty had caught over the decades. It was a master class in fishing photography—how to capture action like jumping tarpon or fly line unrolling in the air, how to shoot evening silhouettes, how to use fill flash to lighten people’s faces under their dark hat brims, how to handle fish correctly, and how to make people laugh when taking their portraits. Lefty is the GOAT for many reasons, but for…

12 min.
our mount rushmore

ANYONE WHO LISTENS TO SPORTS AND SPORTS TALK RADIO AT SOME TIME OR ANOTHER HAS LISTENED TO COMMENTATORS DEBATING WHO DESERVES TO BE ON THAT SPORT’S MOUNT RUSHMORE. WHAT FOUR PLAYERS SHOULD BE ELEVATED AND ENSHRINED ABOVE ALL OTHERS? IN THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) THIS IS A TOPIC THAT HAS BEEN DEBATED REGULARLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. MICHAEL JORDAN AND LEBRON JAMES ARE CLEARLY TWO LEGENDARY PLAYERS, AND IF YOU ADD KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR AND MAYBE JULIUS ERVING, YOU’D HAVE FOUR PLAYERS WHO HELPED SHAPE AND CHANGE THE SPORT. THEIR FACES COULD BE CHISELED IN STONE, BECAUSE IT’S UNLIKELY THAT FUTURE PLAYERS COULD EVER SUPERSEDE THEM. Of course, not everyone agrees. A Los Angeles Lakers fan might argue for the inclusion of Kobe Bryant, for instance. It’s a very…

11 min.
desecrating the crown (of the continent)

IT’S A TOPIC THAT CARRIES ITS OWN SENSE OF TRADITION AND THRIVES IN FOLKLORE, ESPECIALLY THROUGH SONG: “IT’S DARK AS A DUNGEON, WAY DOWN IN THE MINE;” “YOU LOAD SIXTEEN TONS AND WHAT DO YOU GET?” AND PERHAPS MOST POIGNANTLY, FROM JOHN PRINE: “AND DADDY, WON’T YOU TAKE ME BACK TO MUHLENBERG COUNTY, DOWN BY THE GREEN RIVER WHERE PARADISE LAY? WELL, I’M SORRY MY SON, YOU’RE TOO LATE IN ASKING. MR. PEABODY’S COAL TRAIN HAS HAULED IT AWAY.” The expansion of surface coal mining in Alberta is Canada’s Pebble Mine issue. It’s a fly-fishing issue to be sure, but it’s much more than that. It’s something that threatens the water, air, soil, and parts of the Rocky Mountains themselves. Fly Fisherman readers have seen many times the attraction of Alberta’s wild…

1 min.
stay informed

For ongoing information about this issue, follow the “Protect Alberta’s Rockies and Headwaters” Facebook page. Visit and subscribe to the independent online investigative journals, The Tyee (thetyee.ca), and The Narwhal (thenarwhal.ca). Kevin Van Tighem has become a point man for this issue. He is an outdoorsman and naturalist with impeccable credentials. Follow his Facebook page, along with that of Bruce Masterman, longtime Alberta fly fisher and writer, and vocal councilor in the town of High River. If you’ve fished or spent time in Alberta or if you’d like to in the future, add your voice to those opposing open-pit coal mining in Alberta’s trout country. For a summary of the situation, with frequent updates and specific suggestions on ways you can participate and make your opposition known, visit protectalbertawater.ca and mountainsnotmines.ca…

11 min.
new deal for the klamath

THE KLAMATH RIVER IS BROKEN. THE KLAMATH IS THE SECOND-LARGEST RIVER SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA AND ONCE SUPPORTED ONE OF THE LARGEST SALMON RUNS ON THE WEST COAST. BUT RIGHT NOW IT’S SEVERED RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE BY FOUR DAMS THAT SEPARATE THE UPPER KLAMATH BASIN AND THE LOWER KLAMATH RIVER. FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS, THESE DAMS HAVE KEPT NATIVE SALMON AND STEELHEAD FROM RETURNING TO THE PRISTINE SPRINGS AND COLD CLEARWATER TRIBUTARIES OF KLAMATH LAKE. THE UPPER WATERSHED IS STILL A PLACE THE FISH REMEMBER IN THEIR DNA, JUST AS THE NATIVE PEOPLES STILL TELL STORIES OF THE SALMON THAT ONCE RETURNED THERE. FOR 100 YEARS, IT’S BEEN JUST MEMORIES, BUT SOON THAT ALL MIGHT CHANGE. THE FOUR MAIN STEM DAMS THAT BLOCK FISH PASSAGE ARE ON THE CUSP OF…

5 min.
bookshelf

FIRE IN THE STRAW Fire in the Straw: Notes on Inventing a Life by Nick Lyons. Arcade Publishing 2020, 240 pages, $25 hardcover, ISBN: 978-1951627195. Readers of Fly Fisherman will likely know the work of Nick Lyons. Author, English professor, editor, publisher, and founder of Lyons Press, he is also the most prolific writer ever to appear in the pages of this magazine. His first article, entitled “Trout in Fun City,” appeared in FFM’s second issue in the summer of 1969. And during Lyons’s long tenure as a book publisher—as executive editor at Crown Publishers, then Nick Lyons Books, then Lyons & Burford, and finally Lyons Press—he eventually produced the largest and most comprehensive selection of fly-fishing books in the United States. Lyons wrote about a dozen feature articles for Fly Fisherman (including…