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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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Freshwater

Where Trout Eat Ducks and People Eat Horses

I just rolled my eyes when I saw the lure. Logic and conventional wisdom are no match for my father’s fishing hunches. My irritation belonged elsewhere anyway—with the wind, the miles of unproductive lakeshore, and the omnipresent gnats trying to slurp all the liquid from my eyeballs. At 11 p.m. in...

Saltwater

Can You Catch Fish in the Suez Canal?

The giant container ship “Ever Given” was stuck sideways in the Suez Canal for nearly a week, providing endless fodder for news outlets and meme creators. But the piscatorially-minded among us had only one question on our collective minds during this debacle: If we were stuck on a 1,300-foot-long...

Fishing

Best Trout Fishing Lures, Flies, and Baits

Trout are inarguably among the most popular game fish family worldwide, if not the most popular. Perhaps one reason for that fondness among anglers is the myriad lures, flies, baits, and techniques that can be employed in pursuit of these fish. There are the standard standbys that will likely work...

Freshwater

The 6 Rods You Need to Catch Every American Fish

I have friends who just have "their fishing rod," which ends up in applications from bluegill to coho salmon. I know other folks who might not be able to quantify their collection within a confidence interval of 100 (I'm looking at you, Cermele). Unless you're some sort of diehard panfish...

Saltwater

Mountain in the Mangroves: Martin Luther King and His Bonefish Guide

In 1968, four days before he was gunned down on his hotel room balcony in Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lounged in the bow of a skiff, savoring the solitude of the remote mangrove labyrinth surrounding Bimini Island.  A little-known footnote to his short but monumental life, Dr...

Freshwater

Photos: 55-Year-Old Montana State Record for Brown Trout Broken on 4-lb. Test

In the state perhaps most highly regarded for brown trout, a record has fallen that stood since 1966. At 7:30 p.m. on the night of Wednesday, March 3, Robbie Dockter of Conrad, Montana, landed a 32-pound, 6-ounce fish in the Marias River that will supplant the old record by a full 3 and a half...

Freshwater

The Greatest Soft Plastic Lure of All Time

The wacky-rigged Senko worm operates as a hack to bass ecology, a virus in the network, a glitch in the matrix. They’re mesmerized by it. If you ever get a chance to land one near a visible bass without spooking it, you’ll see what I mean. They just can’t help themselves but to go have a look. And...

Ice Fishing

6 Ways to Die While Ice Fishing

Casey and I were standing outside the wall tent enjoying the Montana winter starlight in all its glory when red flashing lights from the top of the grade cut through our rapture. Two and a half hours from the nearest hospital, we figured the ambulance must be arriving for a critical reason. Over the...

Ice Fishing

4 Habits of Highly Successful Ice Anglers

On a recent remote ice fishing adventure, out of the seven friends in attendance, MeatEater Production Assistant Chester Floyd  caught more than half of the fish. On nearly every ice excursion I’ve ever joined, I’ve seen similar trends play out: one guy is filling the bucket while the others are...

Freshwater

Video: Survival Fishing with a Candy Wrapper

I spend a huge portion of my small amount of disposable income on fishing gear. But sometimes all that space-age gear does is demonstrate just how simple fishing really can be. That’s an important thing to remember when you’re lost in the woods. With just a tiny bit of gear squirreled away in your...