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Fly Fisherman June/July 2018

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!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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IN THIS ISSUE

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written by guides

WHEN I STARTED at this job in 1996, the first thing publisher John Randolph told me was that we don’t publish “Me & Bob went fishing” stories. In other words, we don’t do tourist travelogues. It amazes me that 22 years later, I still get queries from writers who are planning their very first trip to Yellowstone (or similar), and they want to write about it. What we do publish are stories written by local experts who are often guides. That’s the foundation of FLY FISHERMAN —a magazine not written by professional writers, but by guides, fly shop owners, fly tiers, and other specialists who can provide a deep level of understanding, and act as conduits for highly trusted information. This issue is a classic example. Who better to write about the…

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salty humor

#ONECOAST Irma, Harvey, and Maria might have laid waste to some iconic fishing communities, but their resiliency has been inspiring. In the news item “Costa Cleans up the Keys” (Feb.-Mar. 2018), you touched on this, but I thought the people I worked with in days after Irma deserved a few more words. Seeing the devastation after the storm plowed through the Lower Keys—leaving scars where people’s lives once stood—was almost too much to bear. We wove our convoy of Costa vehicles around boats thrown into the middle of the road by unprecedented storm surges, and rolled past mountains of twisted metal, plastic, and wood from winds of more than 100 mph. I vividly recall tearing up as the contents of one home was strung out in front of me. I thought, “What…

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run. fish. beer.

“WE’RE GOING TO start you off in true Iowa style,” announces race organizer Ryan Rahmiller. A volunteer jogs 40 yards down the trail holding an M-80 and a lighter. It’s raining, but the wick sparks to life with a hiss. There are around 50 of us at the starting line, stamping our feet against the damp chill and nervously glancing skyward. The race time was moved up an hour, in hopes of beating the incoming storms, but most of us were up late drinking around campfires. In our present state, outrunning the forces of nature is a lot to ask. I look around, sizing up the competition. Some look like serious anglers, but maybe not avid runners. They pace around, tentatively stretching random muscle groups and tightening shoelaces. Others look like serious…

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the great bonefish migration

THE BEST THING about a life lived outdoors is the opportunity to experience moments of greatness in nature. These are the moments when everything is perfect, where you can stand in awe of what is happening around you, and feel truly lucky just to witness it. These are moments on slicked calm flats where the horizon is blurred, you can’t distinguish the sky from the water, and there are glistening bone-fish tails in every direction; when a hatch starts pouring off and every fish in the river is almost drunk on protein; a sabalo massacre in ankle-deep water as a pack of 30-pound dorados destroys them. These events are largely unpredictable, and the recipe for participation is a commitment of time. I’m fortunate to be in wild places more than most…

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why a native fish coalition?

FOR MOST AMERICANS, including the majority of anglers, fisheries managers, and environmental groups, fish don’t count as wildlife. Fish are furless, featherless, cold, slimy, silent and, for most people, unseen. Their function in the natural world is mainly perceived as rod benders and table fare. If that sounds harsh, consider stocked “tiger trout,” wildly popular with anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. They’re created in hatcheries by crossing not just species but genera—brown trout from Europe with brook trout from North America. Google “tiger trout,” ignoring everything by me, and you’ll find only effusions about their alleged “beauty.” Consider also “golden rainbows” (aka palomino trout), all the rage across North America. In 1955 a pigment-impoverished female rainbow trout turned up in a West Virginia state hatchery. So enamored were fish managers with…

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mission of the native fish coalition

NFC seeks to upgrade the image of native fish from public commodities to functional parts of ecosystems. No other group has ever attempted to do so. That said, great work on behalf of specific native fish or specific native genera is underway by such groups as the Downeast Salmon Federation, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition, Trout Power, Protect Rhode Island Brook Trout, and, in the Pacific Northwest, Native Fish Society, Wild Fish Conservancy, and the Wild Steelhead Coalition. But NFC is unique in that it works for all natives from darters to sculpin to Arctic charr to Atlantic salmon. NFC believes that no lake, pond, river, or stream is truly restored, healthy, or whole until its full complement of native species is intact and it’s devoid of nonnative and…

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