“Fear and Loathing in Belize, Part I,” by William G. Tapply


Former Orvis Cleveland Fishing Manager Jim Lampros shows off a Belize tarpon.
Photo by Dan Davala

About four feet of Mason leader material was looped around Andy’s bent knee. He kept fiddling with the Mason and frowning at the book he’d propped open on the table beside his . . .

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How to Stop Streamer Tails from Fouling

When you’re casting larger flies with long tails (like Zonkers), it’s not uncommon for the tail to become wrapped around the hook bend. Even expert anglers occasionally suffer from fouled flies. Having to constantly readjust your fly is not only frustrating, . . .

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Fish Facts: Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma)


This illustration of a Dolly Varden is from Evermann and Goldsborough’s The Fishes of Alaska (1907).
Photo via Wikipedia

Like the two species to which is it closely related—Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) and bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus)—the Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma) is a true char that is found . . .

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 01.26.22

Last Wednesday, the Biden administration announced a plan to spend $1.1 billion to restore the Everglades. According the White House, “The Administration is making the largest single investment in the Everglades in U.S. history . . . . The iconic . . .

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Podcast: From the Field to the Kitchen, with Wade Truong

Wade Truong of Elevated Wild joins Reid for an hour discussing food. Wade and his partner, Rachel Owen, built Elevated Wild as a platform to discuss hunting, fishing, foraging, mentorship, and game cooking. Wade, a Virginia native, describes his . . .

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Video Pro Tips: Do You Really Have to Match the Hatch?

This great how-to video from Ben Sittig, a.k.a Huge Fly Fisherman, is all about a couple of controversial topics: 1. Is it necessary to match the hatch? and 2. Which is more important, pattern or presentation? If you’ve watch enough HFF videos, you know . . .

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Video: How to Fish Jig Streamers, with George Daniel

he classic way to fish streamers–a down-and-across cast, followed by stripping the fly back–works fine in some situations. But there are times when you need to fish these patterns slow and deep, which requires specialized tactics. George Daniel . . .

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Story and Photos: Into the Mountains with North

With thoughts of big city problems in the rearview mirror and Darcy tapping on the steering wheel to some Waylon Jennings, I rolled down the window and inhaled a deep breath of clean mountain air. I glanced into the back . . .

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