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Classic Story: Reading Between the Lines


Written by: Phil Monahan

Former colleague Eric Rickstad with a nice brown from the [REDACTED] River in Montana.
Photo by Phil Monahan

A few years ago, Eric Rickstad and I made plans to go to Montana in late April for the Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous. As soon as our travel plans were finalized, Eric started talking . . .

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“Stuck,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply casting to trout on a Western river.
Photo via williamgtapply.com

Fly fishing can be the best kind of therapy.

It was noontime on that pretty Wednesday in September, and I was sitting on the sofa watching television when Vicki came into the room and stood squarely in front of me. “For heaven’s. . .

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Photos and Story: Four Days on the White River

Written by: Emily Roley, Taos Fly Shop


Emily shows off a beautiful brown, even if it isn’t the monster she was looking for.
Photo by Ron Sedall

Here is the extent of what I knew about the White River the morning we head east: it is in Arkansas, it is a big tailwater, and it is home to massive brown trout. Of these three facts the most . . .

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Photos and Story: Redfish at the Other End of the Mississippi

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


Truman Vieth poses with his very first redfish, as Capt. Lucas Bissett smiles proudly.
Photos courtesy Kip Vieth

One of the things that I love most in my life is the Mississippi River. I live on the banks of the Mississippi in Minnesota, not all that far from its source, Lake Itasca. The river is where I call . . .

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Photos: Home for the Holidays in Pennsylvania

Written by: Josh Diller


A nice wild brown trout I was able to land during my trip back to my home waters of Pennsylvania.
Photos by Josh Diller

Although I now live and guide in Colorado, I’m originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and this year I spent the holidays with family and friends back East. For some people, such a trip might mean . . .

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“Volkswagen Cove,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


A young Bill Tapply shares an on-stream victory with his father, H.G. “Tap” Tapply.
Photo by Harold F. Blaisdell from Tap’s Tips: Practical Advice for All Outdoorsmen

In the last month of my father’s life, when he knew his days were numbered, fishing memories comforted and sustained him. He’d had a good life, he said. No regrets. He’d been pretty . . .

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Photos: Dads’ Day Out on the Little Red

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy


The grogeous browns that the river is famous for were more than willing to eat flies.
Photos by Drew Ross

Getting to fish with friends isn’t something I get to do very often, primarily because I fish during the week while most responsible people are at work. But just before Thanksgiving, a buddy called . . .

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Story and Photos: You Never Forget Your First Love


Written by: Phil Monahan

A native Vermont brook trout caught from a stream flowing out of the Green Mountains.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first brook trout I ever saw was about three inches long, little bigger than a baitfish really. But the memory of that vision—of that glittering flash of color and light—remains sharply etched in my . . .

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Photos: Matthew and “El Rojo Toro”

Written by: Toby Swank, Fins & Feathers Fly Shop


Young Matthew put in the time, under tough conditions, and saw his effort pay off in a big way.
Photos by Toby Swank

It’s day three, and the wind is blowing 20 out of the north–down from 30 to 40 the last two days. The water is dirty, stirred-up by the steady gale deviating from the prevailing norm. The sun is to my . . .

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