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Elk Creek, PA fall steelhead. ross Purnell photo

A new house bill would require public access to state-stocked steelhead and trout waters

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Trouble has been brewing along Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie shoreline as more and more landowners are closing their properties to public… more »

Trempealeau, July 20, 2014. Courtesy of the National Weather Service

Mississippi river Hexagenia hatch is so massive, the National Weather Service records it on radar

by Ross Purnell, Editor

A massive mayfly hatch on the Mississippi River in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area July 20, 2014, was described as… more »


B.C. Tribe "Evicts" all Fisherman

by Ross Purnell, Editor

In the fall of 2012 I was fishing with friends on the Kispiox River during a perfectly rare occurrence of… more »


13 Great Pike Flies

by Matt Straw

Pike live in a green chiaroscuro. Their own green coloration adds to the effect while hiding them perfectly. Pike, therefore,… more »

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Invisible Stripping Basket

by Ross Purnell, Editor

I’ve had a few questions and comments from some fly fishers seeking more information about the Short Casts tips (June-July,… more »

Trout use shadow edges to conceal themselves and feed, just as they would in a transition seam from slow to fast water. Joe Mahelr illustration

Trout in the Shadows

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Trout use shadows for concealment and for feeding, and it’s a particularly important feature on small streams with large trout…. more »

Cathy and Barry Beck Photo

For Memorial Day: A Show of Respect

by Ross Purnell, Editor

This Memorial Day, take the time to read Monte Burke’s story “Discover Courage” in the June-July 2014 issue of FLY… more »


Drag-Free Drift Casting

by Joe Mahler

You cast the fly beautifully and accurately in the direction of a feeding trout. As the fly drifts downstream, first… more »


Drift Boats vs Wading

by Tom Rosenbauer

Some of my best friends row drift boats. I have nothing against getting downstream under oar power, and it’s tough… more »


Tenkara Fly Fishing

by Jessica Mcglothlin

“Fish learn from history,” Yvon Chouinard observed, looking out the window at an Idaho sunrise. He referenced the notoriously difficult… more »


Fly Fishing Tackle Checklist

by Ross Purnell, Editor

Fly fishing is a beautiful, deeply involved outdoor pursuit built on a framework of craft (fly tying), science (understanding, appreciating,… more »


Bluegill Season Fly Fishing

by Dave and Emily Whitlock

I’d like you to consider three questions: What is the first fish most of us catch on a fly? What… more »


Wading Strategies

by Landon Mayer

The key to success for any fish hunter is a stealthy approach. Too many people wade recklessly into a river… more »


Fly Fishing Tricks and Tips From The Experts

by Jay Nichols

Check out these great fly fishing tricks and tips!


Proper Handling to Conserve Fish Stocks

by Ross Purnell, Editor

When ANGLING innovator Lee Wulff first popularized it, catch-and-release fishing was a revolutionary way to conserve fish stocks amid a… more »


Proper Catch and Release Conservation

by Peter Cammann

A fishing guide I know once got a call from a guy from the Boston area who wanted to hire… more »


Rod Angles for Fly Fishing

by Ross Purnell, Editor

When I was a fly-fishing guide, and I had beginners in my boat, I remember my frequent first admonition when… more »


1,600 Trout Over the Limit

by Ross Purnell, Editor

A poacher in New Mexico has taken illegal harvest to staggering new depths. After getting an anonymous tip, Department of… more »


Trout Camouflage

by Jim Dean

You can spot Eddie Dunn a long way on the river, certainly far enough to avoid him, which is the… more »


Matching The Drake Hatch

by Paul Weamer

All sports have their ultimate events: baseball has the World Series, football has the Super Bowl, and golf has the… more »