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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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The Undead Drift: Fly Fishing’s Spooky Secret

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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...
5 Conventional Gear Tackle Hacks for Fly Fishing

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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...
Meat Hooks: Big-Ass Streamers Smoke Big-Ass Trout

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Meat Hooks: Big-Ass Streamers Smoke Big-Ass Trout

Hogs. Toads. Donkeys. Pigs. Whatever name you prefer, these are the fish you really want to catch. Quantity fills the freezer, but trophies earn the bragging rights. This series is dedicated to the pursuit of the true heavyweights across all species. The meat eaters. So, pull out the sink tips,...
Wading Into Winter: A Guide to Fly Fishing for Cold Weather Trout

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Wading Into Winter: A Guide to Fly Fishing for Cold Weather Trout

I’ve been date-less on the last two Valentine’s days. Now, before you go feeling sorry for me, you should know that both years I found lovely dance partners in the form of big, banana-yellow brown trout. A dozen girdlebugs cost a lot less and last a lot longer than a dozen roses anyway, so I always...
‘Shock and Awe:’ Suppressing Rainbow Trout on the South Fork of the Snake River

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‘Shock and Awe:’ Suppressing Rainbow Trout on the South Fork of the Snake River

Fisheries technician Glenn Mabey, 21, leans hard against the railing on the jetboat’s bow. His hands grip a 12-foot-long net; his eyes scan the heavy water below. Mabey flinches as fish flash gold and yellow toward the giant anode suspended off the bow, but he holds steady. A flash of red and green...
The MeatEater Guide to Early Season Trout

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The MeatEater Guide to Early Season Trout

We had to shovel half a foot of snow out of our rafts before loading gear and launching into a multi-day April float trip in the Northern Rockies. Light snow cranked up to full blizzard as the ramp disappeared around the corner, turning the river to slush and all but killing the fishing. A hard...