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Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren is MeatEater's Fishing Editor and a former freelance writer/photographer, commercial fisherman, and editor of BHA's Backcountry Journal. Though originally from Whidbey Island, Washington, he's been in Montana for almost a decade and probably isn't leaving—except during steelhead season. Send him an email sam@themeateater.com or follow him @samlungrenmedia.

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What the Infrastructure Package Means for Hunters and Anglers

Public Lands & Waters

What the Infrastructure Package Means for Hunters and Anglers

A group of Republican and Democratic Senators reached an agreement last week to advance a trillion-dollar legislative package aimed at restoring the country’s roads, bridges, waterways, and public lands. The “Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” has won support from several...
7 Wrong Ways to Hold a Fish

Freshwater

7 Wrong Ways to Hold a Fish

It’s that time of year when many people who don’t normally go fishing find themselves on a beach or boat and, often by no fault of their own, end up with a fish in their hands. These folks can to some degree be excused for improper handling. The rest of you should know better. It's important to...
Angler Survives Getting Stabbed in Heart with Fishing Weight

Freshwater

Angler Survives Getting Stabbed in Heart with Fishing Weight

The heart is more often a metaphor than an organ in common speech. You might hear an angler say such things as “South Dakota is the heart of walleye culture” or “I love catching and eating walleyes with all of my heart.” Todd Thesenvitz, an airline maintenance technician from Clark, South Dakota...
4 Advanced Tactics for Worm Fishing

Freshwater

4 Advanced Tactics for Worm Fishing

Even people who know nothing about fishing know that worms will catch fish. It’s as cliché as it gets in our sport, so let’s just go ahead and move past it: Open a can of worms and you can expect to catch a fish in the freshwater environs of North America, be it trout, bass, walleye, bluegill...
Adventure Angling: 4 Ways to Spice up Your Fishing Trips

Freshwater

Adventure Angling: 4 Ways to Spice up Your Fishing Trips

The rational part of my brain tries hard to ignore and accept jetskiers ripping across the lake at Mach 5 and wakeboard boats blaring music audible from miles away. I participated in and enjoyed both as a younger man and understand, at least in theory, that our public waters are intended for...
Drunk Tourist Jailed for Bad Behavior in Yellowstone

Public Lands & Waters

Drunk Tourist Jailed for Bad Behavior in Yellowstone

Regular readers are likely quite accustomed to headlines about people doing really stupid stuff around wild animals in Yellowstone National Park. In just the last two months, a woman was bluff charged by a sow grizzly after getting too close to its cubs, another man was smacked around by a bear...
5 Conventional Gear Tackle Hacks for Fly Fishing

Fly

5 Conventional Gear Tackle Hacks for Fly Fishing

The dichotomy between fly fishing and conventional fishing has always felt a little silly to me. If you truly love fish and the glorious pursuit of them, you’ll do it by whatever means necessary. Sometimes fly tackle is far more effective for a given situation. Oftentimes spin or baitcast tackle...
Video: Giant Hammerhead Attacks Angler’s Tarpon

Saltwater

Video: Giant Hammerhead Attacks Angler’s Tarpon

Relatively few experiences in the outdoors quite measure up to heart-pounding, tightline combat with an angry adult tarpon. One scenario that could surpass that fervor? Getting a big tarpon next to the boat with a huge hammerhead in hot pursuit. “We were in the Tobacco Caye Channel and hooked the...
The Most Disturbing Fishing Trend on Social Media

Freshwater

The Most Disturbing Fishing Trend on Social Media

The rise of the Facebook fishing group has made way for some fascinating online interactions. From anglers throwing their honey hole coordinates at complete strangers to angry discussions of the propriety of drinking beer adjacent to children while ice fishing, there’s certainly a lot of...
Subsistence Board Responds to Alaska Public Land Hunting Closure Proposal

Public Lands & Waters

Subsistence Board Responds to Alaska Public Land Hunting Closure Proposal

On June 16, the Federal Subsistence Board discussed a contentious proposal that seeks to close nearly 60 million acres of federal public lands to any hunters who are not qualified for subsistence use. After three hours of debate, the board chose to delay their vote and defer any action on the...