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Fly Fisherman August/September 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!

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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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backwater giants

LAST SPRING I walked with author Barry Beck to a backwater slough connected to one of Pennsylvania’s best freestone streams. The eroded limestone cliff on the far side of the slough suggests that at one time, this was an outside bend in the main river channel. During flood events, water might still flow into the top of the slough, but in fishing conditions, it ends in a narrow neck of dead-end water, and connects with the river along a single deep, mysterious seam. At the time, Barry was writing his manuscript “River Detours: How to catch trout in side channels, potholes, lagoons, and small tributaries” (page 44 of this issue). He was excited about the topic because he had recently caught a 10-pound brown in an insignificant side channel of the…

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tight lines

5,000 MILES Thank you for the attention to the spectacular Flathead River, and the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Hilary Hutcheson’s article in the June-July 2018 issue captures the magic of this iconic place, and its significance to anglers, native fish, and our nation’s river conservation movement. In celebrating all that the landmark Wild & Scenic Rivers Act has given us, we hope your readers will keep advocating for more. We’re using this 50th anniversary to push for 5,000 new miles of Wild & Scenic designations for deserving rivers across the country. This includes native fish strongholds in the Yellowstone, Missouri, Gila, Eel, Trinity, Hoh, and Farmington river watersheds, as well as many other rivers that deserve protection. Now is the time to set the bar high and insist…

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adventures with huckleberry

I HAVE A FRIEND who claims I have a golden horseshoe up my ass. In many ways, I truly am the luckiest person I know. I’m able to make a living doing exactly what I would do if I had all the money in the world. That’s an incredibly fortunate thing, and I don’t take it for granted. I also don’t think it could have been any other way. I’m not lucky in the silver spoon kind of way; I’ve found and made my own way through life. We are all lucky in the people we meet, and I have met more great people than most. I’ve also made the most of opportunities that came my way, and I’ve worked very hard. All of it has culminated in an incredible lifestyle.…

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what we stand to lose

CRYSTAL CREEK LODGE owner Dan Michels banked the plane for a better look. Next to me in the plane, lodge co-owner John Childs was grinning. There they are!” he shouted over the roar of the engine “Those gray dots . . . those are salmon!” From the window of the Beaver that morning, a pristine tapestry of land and water spread out as far as I could see: a glimmering gray sheet of ocean to the west, the blue waters of Iliamna Lake to the east, and now, below the circling plane, the Kvichak River flowed in a labyrinth of channels and riffles across the lush green floodplain. Visible in the crystalline waters was a band of gray and silver shapes, proceeding upstream along each bank of river. We could see the…

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guide school

“FROM THE ROOTER to the pooter.” It’s a phrase used by BBQ pork aficionados, and translates to using all parts of the pig, from the snout to the tail. Two thousand miles from this adage’s southern roots thrives a Montanan whose fly-fishing business runs on the same concept. For Dan Vermillion, the “whole hog” includes fishing lodges, adventure travel, guide education, fish and wildlife management, public lands advocacy, and legislative action, all thickly marinated in environmental stewardship. Vermillion and his two brothers have owned and operated Sweetwater Travel ( sweetwatertravel.com ) for more than two decades. Based in Livingston, Montana, the company emerged from the brothers’ collective desire for adventure and the opportunity to foster the health of unique fisheries. Their first operation developed a remote camp for Mongolia taimen. Today,…

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new & notable

Simms G3 Guide Wader How do you take the greatest workhorse in the history of breathable waders and improve it? You don’t merely add frivolous bells and whistles. These are “guide” waders, after all. You make them tougher, and you make them more breathable so they last longer and perform in the harshest conditions. That’s what Simms has done with the new 2018 G3 Guide Waders ($500, simmsfishing.com). With 4-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell in the seat and legs, and 3-layer Pro Shell in the upper wader, they are the most breathable waders ever built in the Simms Bozeman, Montana facility. They are also lighter, more puncture resistant, and with an improved fit, there’s less baggy extraneous material—the waders are more comfortable. Admittedly, there are some nice bells and whistles here as well. A…

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