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Anglers Journal

Anglers Journal Spring 2020

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
Frequency:
Quarterly
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4 Issues

in this issue

4 min.
rev it up

A fish is a fish except when it’s something more. I chartered with a guide in Miami this winter specifically to catch a big tarpon, both as a reminder of the difficult year just passed and to serve as a signal flag for an aspirational future, one where I didn’t simply settle but drove myself to be better. As I sat down to write this column, a homecoming photo on my Facebook feed reminded me I’ve reached the one-year anniversary of my release from the hospital after a ruptured brain aneurism. A few weeks after I’d come home, I walked to the stop sign at the end of my street and back with the help of a cane and a physical therapist. Round trip is 248 steps. Speeding through Miami that…

3 min.
contributors

Bill Barich’s 10 books include Laughing in the Hills, A Pint of Plain and Crazy for Rivers. He has written about fly-fishing for The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated and other publications. In “Basket of Memories,” Bill tells of parting ways with his oldest piece of fishing gear: a wicker creel from Abercrombie and Fitch. Outdoor writer and photographer Gary Caputi specializes in fishing and boating. A founding member of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, he fishes his New Jersey home waters, and his travels have taken him throughout the Americas. Gary profiles Maverick Boat Group founder Scott Deal in “The Accidental Boatbuilder.” A veteran contributor to Anglers Journal, Michael Cevoli is a commercial and documentary photographer based in southern New England. He is a graduate of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at…

5 min.
subscribe to anglers journal

WE’D LIKE TO THANK… Anglers Journal picked up eight Boating Writers International awards earlier this year, including four first-place wins and a sweep of the Profiles category, as well as a certificate of merit. For this edition of the annual journalism contest, 112 writers, photographers and videographers submitted 299 entries in 15 categories. “We’re fortunate to have a strong team of writers and photographers who can make the fishing life really come alive across a wide range of categories,” says editor-in-chief Bill Sisson. In sweeping the Profiles category, managing editor Gary Reich placed first for “Perfect Patterns,” about fly-tying legend Bob Popovics (Spring 2019 issue); Henry Hughes placed second for “Against the Grain,” about angler/artist Paul Gentry (Summer 2019); and Bill Pike took third for “The Bait Lady,” about Homosassa, Florida, legend Bonnie…

10 min.
high stakes threat

We’re sitting in an 18-foot skiff at the head of the Kvichak River next to the village of Igiugig, looking out over Lake Iliamna. It’s the beginning of September, and during the summer more than 2 million sockeye salmon swam upstream to lay eggs in and around the lake — one of the most active spawning grounds in the world. At 77 miles long and 22 miles wide, Iliamna is the largest lake in Alaska, covering 1,600 square miles. Thirty-two major tributaries drain into Lake Iliamna, whose deepest areas reach nearly 1,000 feet. The Kvichak River connects it to Bristol Bay and the ocean. Brian Kraft owns three lodges in Bristol Bay, including the Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge, a few miles downriver from us on the Kvichak. “The proposed mine site is 48…

5 min.
basket of memories

I recently said goodbye to my oldest piece of fishing tackle: a split-willow wicker creel I bought at Abercrombie and Fitch in San Francisco when the company still specialized in sporting goods. I was partial to Abercrombie because I grew up outside Manhattan and, as a boy, loved to browse at the flagship store on Madison Avenue. The eighth of its 12 floors was devoted to angling, but the sixth-floor gun room drew the most visitors with its display of stuffed big-game heads, including a rhino that Teddy Roosevelt shot. The store lived up to its motto, “Where the Blazed Trail Crosses the Boulevard.” No aspect of the sporting life was left unaddressed. You could outfit yourself for a Kenyan safari, buy wickets for your croquet set or replace the blade…

4 min.
of trout and marriage

Nikea and I will be married at the pond in June. It’s really an old reservoir. A dam of cut stone laid across a small brook-trout stream that flows east off the Allegheny Front. The dam is old, circa 1923. The stones are older. During the past two decades, brown trout have moved upstream from the big river in the valley. Above the pond, natives are the only trout that rise to our flies, but below the dam, German and Scottish browns often beat the brookies to our floats. Dad and I keep the browns we can, frying them in butter and dill. Trying to buy the brookies more time. Browns made it into the pond seven or eight years ago. In the clear water and open space, the fish are skittish. Dad…