Summer Reading for Fly Fishermen

It’s a bonanza right now for lovers of online fly-fishing magazines, with new issues of three great online publications. As someone who has edited a fly-fishing magazine, I can tell you that it takes a lot of work to put something like this together, and the quality of online offerings continues to improve. Check them out.

Catch Magazine

The latest issue of Catch Magazine features excellent photo essays on such diverse subjects as sea-run cutthroats of Puget Sound, big muskies in the Midwest, lake trout in Canada’s Northwest Territories, and bonefish on a live-aboard yacht in the Bahamas. As usual, Todd Moen has produced some exceptional video of a young Chilean boy working to become a fly fisher.

Patagonia Journal

In the new
Patagonia Journal (about the Chilean region of Patagonia, not the sporting clothier), there’s a fine article about fishing a very remote stream in a section below a canyon called “The Gates of Hell.” Other features profile wildlife artist Diane Michelin and the amazing asado–the traditional Patagonian method for cooking meat over an open fire.

Blood Knot Magazine

Finally, the new issue of
Blood Knot is called “The Throwback Issue” and features a remarkable array of articles on the history of fly fishing. This is one of the more info- and entertainment-heavy online magazines ever: interviews with John Gierach and Lori-Ann Murphy, a timeline of the long history of the Orvis Company, a look at fly-fishing in Cuba yesterday and today, and a whole lot more. Women, in particular should be interested in this issue because there are several articles about the rise of female anglers.

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