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Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren

Sam Lungren is MeatEater's Supervising 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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Does Harvest Have a Place in Fly Fishing?

Fishing

Does Harvest Have a Place in Fly Fishing?

This text was originally delivered as a speech at the 2022 International Fly Tackle Dealer trade show hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. MeatEater adapted it into an article format for publication. Good afternoon and thank you for coming. My name is Sam Lungren and I’m the...
Video: Fisherman Spears Pike, then Spears Shelter Door

Ice Fishing

Video: Fisherman Spears Pike, then Spears Shelter Door

“Oh my God, dude, there’s a northern right under your feet,” I gasped. The big pike lurked up under the large rectangular spearing hole we’d been staring down for an hour, transfixed on our big live sucker minnow decoy. At first only visible to me on the far side, it quickly squirted through the...
How You Can Get into Ice Fishing this Winter

Ice Fishing

How You Can Get into Ice Fishing this Winter

Go ahead and banish that VHS memory of “Grumpy Old Men.” Forget what you’ve heard about shanty beer can piles and lazy, lost days hiding from responsibility. Boredom is a choice on the ice or off. As the old saying goes, if you’re bored, you’re boring. I wasn’t always interested in ice fishing...
World Record Mountain Whitefish Caught in Oregon

Fly

World Record Mountain Whitefish Caught in Oregon

It was the first time Alex Dietz got out on the water after the birth of his first child, a daughter named Willow, a month prior—certainly an auspicious moment for any angler. Dec. 19 brought a chill over Oregon’s hallowed Deschutes River, where he and friends were nymphing for the river’s native...
The Undead Drift: Fly Fishing’s Spooky Secret

Fly

The Undead Drift: Fly Fishing’s Spooky Secret

The first day of school in a fly fishing education invariably involves discussion of the “dead drift.” This concept of allowing your flies to float unencumbered at the exact pace of the current is central to the art and crucial for early success. It also leaves out a lot of information in regard to...
Video: Giant Halibut Charges Spearfisherman

Saltwater

Video: Giant Halibut Charges Spearfisherman

The line between hunter and hunted has always been blurry at best in the 49th state. Every year people get mauled by brown bears, harassed by black bears, encircled by wolves, or stomped by moose. Turns out even the fish are willing to go on the offensive. On Aug. 21, Chris Pollack and four friends...
Hail to the King: How to Catch Chinook Salmon

Fishing

Hail to the King: How to Catch Chinook Salmon

Twenty commercial salmon fishermens' heads turned in unison away from the beach bonfire toward the loud splash like so many dogs hearing a squirrel. The tide had risen steadily up the adjacent creek mouth as we reveled under the midnight sun, and something big had just jumped. “Was that a seal...
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...