Welcome to the Fly Fisherman magazine John Randolph blog. This a first (blog) for me, an opportunity to explore the exciting world of fly fishing with more freedom than I have ever had. Here’s what I intend to do with this freedom of space and subject. People (fly fishers) are the most important, and interesting, foundation of our sport, for they have driven its growth. I intend to interview and report on these movers and shakers wherever I can, some already famous, but others that few of us know. Occasionally I’ll also mention a great who has departed from our waters, but whom I knew well. In every case that person brings something of value to our sport. For examples: a special fly-tying technique, a unique method of fly fishing, an entomologist’s (hatch-matcher’s) insight on a hatch; a Trout Unlimited project that recovered a trout stream and the men and women who made it happen; a rodmaker who makes something special, in graphite, bamboo, or glass; a fly tier who ranks in the top tier of our sport and what he brings (or brought) to the party. The list of men and women is endless.
There are other issues and subject that intrigue me and will find a place here. They include: Great rivers and streams (known and unknown) that fly fishers need to know or know better, because they change with time and fishing techniques. In other words: “What’s new?” Is the river in danger of destruction and why. Is it now fishing better than ever, and why. As long as I am able to search out the next stream, I will do so, and I will tell its new story.
News. This blog will report fly-fishing news the way professional reporters hunt out and tell their stories. Occasionally I will report on exceptional products (old and new) that I have tested and found of high value to life and limb or to my fishing success. News covers a wide spectrum, and I will make the reportage unlimited in subject matter: from flies, to people, to conservation, to fishing techniques no one has ever divulged or that we have forgotten, to travel tips to species of fish you might catch on a fly but have never considered; river and saltwater adventures you can do yourself; fly-fishing guides you should know and why, flyshops that you should visit and why. The list goes on. This blog will be a moveable feast of news. Next up, news is that Jim Teeny caught a memorable salmon in Iceland . . . details to follow.