Happy Presidents’ Day!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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President Barack Obama reacts to missing a strike on the 
East Gallatin with guide Dan Vermillion.

To celebrate the holiday, we focus on those Commanders-In-Chief who have cast a fly as a way to relax. First, we offer an account of past angling presidents, from Grover Cleveland to George Herbert Walker Bush. And here’s the story of our current President learning the hard way that fly fishing (like governing) can be both exhilarating and frustrating. For a more in-depth look at the history of Oval Office anglers, check out Bill Mares’s book Fishing with the Presidents

Finally, here are some images of Casters-in-Chief throughout the last century.

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Herbert Hoover


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Dwight D. Eisenhower


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Jimmy Carter


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George H.W. Bush

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