Man Overboard: What To Do When Your Fishing Guide Is a Total Asshat

I didn’t care that we had paid him for a day of fishing. He needed to go for a fucking swim and I was this close to helping his ass off the boat.  There’s a bottomless well of stories that fishing guides can tell about nightmare clients. My industry friends have reminisced about clients, or sports, who spend the day

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Fly-Fishing-Only Tournament Raises Big Money for Striped Bass

Cape Cod normally isn’t such a tightwad with its striped bass in late May. But on this particular Saturday, the only fish it seemed to give up were sub-20 inches. Or shad.  This particular Saturday happened to be the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament, the world’s largest fly-fishing-only catch-and-release striper tournament. And 2021 marked the 10th year of the event, which raises

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Off Script: Free Range Q&A With Paul Bourcq, Fly-Fishing Ambassador

The fly-fishing industry is most definitely not just for old white guys anymore. The sport is worldwide and getting younger, and it has never been more accessible or diverse as it is now. Even with the ongoing shit-show that is influencer culture, the lion’s share of newcomers are learning how to fly fish from veteran fly anglers who could come

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The Hunter Recruitment Project Introduces Veterans to Fly Fishing

Conversation the night before covered the usual bases. Everyone knew the shit that everyone else had seen and no one really wanted to rehash most of it anyhow. Everyone spoke the language, the shorthand of combat experience, and that acknowledgment was enough. The real topic at hand, the reason for our gathering deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North

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The Spider-Web: A Bizarre Fly-Fishing Rod Used Beyond the Trenches of World War I

Pvt. John Henry Hirst was determined to land a trout on the fly. It was nearing the summer of 1915, and the Germans had just launched a surprise offensive along the Western Front. While other British soldiers braced for impact from a German artillery barrage, Hirst was beyond the trenches in no man’s land, hunkered down, casting into a front-line

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Permission Granted: How To Earn Private-Land Access for Hunting and Fishing

As a fly-fishing guide in Montana, I made a living on one of the country’s most prolific public river-access programs. The rivers I called home, like the Clark Fork and Bitterroot, wound through sprawling private ranches, but thanks to Montana’s stream access laws, I was legal to fish — but hunting these river bottoms for the great whitetails and waterfowl

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