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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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7 Wrong Ways to Hold a Fish

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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

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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

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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

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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...
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...