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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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    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...
    6 Ways to Die While Ice Fishing

    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...
    4 Habits of Highly Successful Ice Anglers

    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...
    Video: How to Repair a Broken Ice Fishing Shelter Pole

    Ice Fishing

    Video: How to Repair a Broken Ice Fishing Shelter Pole

    The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. January and February are not known for providing balmy weather to the northern parts of the country. Ice fishing certainly leans into that fact, and a good-quality pop-up shelter is pretty much mandatory for any halfway serious ice...
    Video: How to Trick Out Your Ice Fishing Sled

    Ice Fishing

    Video: How to Trick Out Your Ice Fishing Sled

    The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. I’ve lost or broken a ton of ice fishing gear, either dragging my sled to the lake or pulling it behind a snow machine or Can-Am way out across uneven ice. The mix of heavy and/or sharp equipment with fragile rods and electronics is...
    Video: How to Choose Ice Fishing Bait

    Ice Fishing

    Video: How to Choose Ice Fishing Bait

    The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. Bait selection for ice fishing can be as simple or complex as you want it to be—but you should want it to be complex. When it comes to fishing (like so many other pursuits), the more thought and effort you put in, the greater reward you...
    Video: How to Sharpen Ice Auger Blades

    Ice Fishing

    Video: How to Sharpen Ice Auger Blades

    The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. One of my favorite elements of ice fishing is prospecting around with a sled in tow, trying to find fish, generally turning the surface of a frozen lake into Swiss cheese. Punch a hole, drop the sonar transducer, drop the jig, jig the...
    Video: How to Cut an Ice Spearing Hole

    Ice Fishing

    Video: How to Cut an Ice Spearing Hole

    The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. Before you call bratwurst, pretzel buns, and hot toddies ice fishing “traditions,” you really should take a look at ice spearing. Archeological evidence suggests that indigenous tribes have been cutting holes in hardwater in order to...
    Video: How to Reverse Butterfly a Fish

    Ice Fishing

    Video: How to Reverse Butterfly a Fish

    The Fur Hat Ice Tour How-To Series is brought to you by ESKIMO. Cooking whole fish just feels more satisfying than fillets. Something about offering an entire fish with the head attached, whether it’s hanging over a fire on a willow stick or presented on a fancy plate with artsy sides, adds to the...