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Elevated Fishing: How to Catch High-Mountain Trout

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Elevated Fishing: How to Catch High-Mountain Trout

Summer is around the corner, and the last memory of winter will be the ice melting off lakes high in the mountains. When the water is finally exposed, anglers can return to these high places from our inferior dwellings to hunt for gorgeous, delicious alpine trout. For the last five years I’ve...
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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,...
Sam Lungren May 11, 2020
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No New Nose Piercings: How to Fly Fish in the Wind

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No New Nose Piercings: How to Fly Fish in the Wind

Wind is one of fly fishing’s biggest challenges. Whether fishing fresh or saltwater, the breeze make casting difficult and at times impossible. With spring on its way in many parts of the country, fly anglers are eager to get outside, but howling spring winds cause many of them to compulsively check...
Ryan Sparks Mar 30, 2020
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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...
Sam Lungren Dec 5, 2019
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Catch It. Release It? Kill It? Eat It?

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Catch It. Release It? Kill It? Eat It?

This really is a fishing essay, but it comes wrapped in layers. Let’s begin during the course of a do-it-yourself Dall sheep hunt on the North Slope of Alaska’s Brooks Range. It’s hard to go wrong in a setting like that. Friends and I had hunted the same location for years, a challenging spot even...
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On-the-Water Fishing Gear Modifications

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On-the-Water Fishing Gear Modifications

Figuring out how to strategically target fish: the ideal presentation for the current, the best cast to get around structure, and which fly, lure, or bait is most likely to get eaten captivates fishermen. But one of the less discussed aspects of fishing often happens away from the tying bench and...
April Vokey Sep 6, 2019
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Fly Fishing 101: Accessorizing

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Fly Fishing 101: Accessorizing

This is the fifth installment of our Fly Fishing 101 series. If you missed them, you can read Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four by following these links.  One of the many advantages of fly fishing is its potential for minimalism. While some fisheries require more gear than others, most...
April Vokey Jul 17, 2019
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How Fly Fishing Made Me a Worse Fisherman

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How Fly Fishing Made Me a Worse Fisherman

Bowhunting sparked my interest in fly fishing. When I first picked up a bow as a teenager, it brought a new set of challenges and added depth to a sport I already loved. When I bought my first fly rod some years later, I knew absolutely nothing about fly fishing, but assumed it would be the...
Ryan Sparks Jul 9, 2019
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Taking the Fly Out of Fly Fishing

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Taking the Fly Out of Fly Fishing

I caught the fishing bug early. As a kid, method didn’t matter. I used ultralight spinning rods and bait for panfish, suckers and carp; heavy spinning gear and lures for bass and salmon; and a fly rod for stocked trout—because those were the best ways to catch fish. And as long as I was catching...
Brody Henderson Jun 29, 2019
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MeatEater Guide to DIY Tarpon, Part Four: Advanced Tactics

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MeatEater Guide to DIY Tarpon, Part Four: Advanced Tactics

This is the fourth article in a four-part series that explains how to catch Florida tarpon without hiring guides or staying in expensive lodges. In case you missed them, here are part one, part two and part three of the series. Tarpon were everywhere but they wouldn’t touch live crabs. Strings of 1...
Ryan Brod Jun 25, 2019
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‘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...
Sam Lungren Jun 14, 2019
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