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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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The Most Disturbing Fishing Trend on Social Media

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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...
The Ultimate Truck Tackle Box to Catch Everything

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The Ultimate Truck Tackle Box to Catch Everything

Are you a real angler if you don’t keep a rod stashed somewhere in your vehicle and a random assortment of lures and flies stabbed into the headliner? The answer is no, but fear not, there’s plenty of time to rectify your breach of dedication to the piscatorial pursuits. For me, summer is the season...
The World’s Most Versatile Fishing Lure

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The World’s Most Versatile Fishing Lure

Simplicity is grace, so they say, and there’s nothing more simple than a single chunk of oblong metal with a hook attached to the back. I find grace in the subtle and nuanced motions you can produce with a simple metallic spoon. You can slow-roll it deep or burn it shallow. You can jig it way down...
Where Trout Eat Ducks and People Eat Horses

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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...
The 6 Rods You Need to Catch Every American Fish

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

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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...
The Greatest Soft Plastic Lure of All Time

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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...
Video: Survival Fishing with a Candy Wrapper

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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...
How to Pull off a Successful Cast-and-Blast Float

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How to Pull off a Successful Cast-and-Blast Float

Ask my friends and they’ll likely tell you that I have the annoying habit of always trying to tack fishing on to a hunting trip or hunting on to a fishing trip—even when that doesn’t make a lick of sense. Add foraging (which we’ve dubbed cast and grasp) and I’m truly in heaven. It’s like each added...
King of Panfish: How to Catch Crappies

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King of Panfish: How to Catch Crappies

You might not see a lot of crappie-shaped logos on hats or stickers on trucks. You won’t see crappie tournaments on TV, although they do exist. Slabs may never capture the imaginations of all serious anglers anywhere muskie, bass, trout, walleye, or other large and charismatic fishes swim—but that...