Those of us who enjoy online fly-fishing publications have had a heck of a couple of weeks, as new issues of Flymage, This is Fly, and Catch Magazine came online. It seems as if, with every issue, these publications find more “out there” stories, great photography, and cool videos to highlight. Although these journals will never replace the old-fashioned paper ones for me–because you can’t leisurely flip through them while relaxing on the deck or in a beach chair–I find their content thrilling and engaging. Here’s what’s in store in these new issues:
Flymage features two spectacular articles on fisheries I knew nothing about. First, there’s the annual flying-fish “hatch” in the Straits of Gibraltar at the end of the summer, which brings game fish such as bonito and barracuda to the surface. Then, there’s a great essay on Venezuela’s Pasimoni River, now closed to foreigners, which was once one of the world’s great peacock-bass destinations.
This is Fly offers two cool interviews with fly-fishing filmmakers, an article by Friday Film Festival favorite Rolf Nylander, and an exceptional tale of a 50-day fly-fishing journey across Colorado. Of course, there’s also plenty of weirdness and cool art, as well.
Finally, the new is of Catch Magazine is packed with great photography, most of it from the camera of Brian O’Keefe. His Colorado slide show and photo essay on float trips in Alaska will have you dreaming of booking a trip of your own. My favorite essay is called “The Colors of Fly Fishing, Part I: Red.” It focuses on images from many photographers that capture the reds of scenery, light, fish, and flies.