June has been a banner month for online fly-fishing magazines, with lots of new issues and even new publications. Here are five great reads to get you through the lean times when you can’t be on the water. (You know: like work.) First off is the latest offering from The New Flyfisher, the companion to the Canadian TV show we often feature in the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival. This issue offers great features on fishing the Hex hatch for smallmouths, dog days of summer trout tactics, how to approach a new lake, and much more. The quality of the photography and video here are exceptional.
Next up is the June-July issue of Montana Fly Fishing Magazine, which serves up 110 pages of great content focused on Big Sky Country. Features include “Bighorn River Baetis,” “Predators on the Fly,” and “Summer Flies.” There are also a few wonderful photo essays, including some gorgeous black & white images from our pal Hannah Perkins.
From the Northwest, we head to the Deep South, to see what’s included in the new issue of Southern Trout, which is celebrating it’s first birthday. Crammed into almost 150 pages are great features on Maryland’s Big Gunpowder Falls (written by Beau Beasley, who has contributed great articles on stream access here), fishing the sulfur hatch, and a philosophy of fly selection.
From across the pond, Fin Chasers Magazine focuses on destination fishing, and this issue has some doozies: Russia’s Ponoi River for Atlantic Salmon, northern Argentina for golden dorado, and central Alberta, where our own Dave Jensen offers advice on finding big Alberta brown trout. I find this mag to have one of the best layouts, with huge photographs and easy-to-ready copy.
Finally, here’s the new kid on the block: the inaugural edition of Revive, a quarterly fly-fishing journal. At just 80 pages, it’s the shortest of the lot, but it takes a more story-based approach. There’s plenty of great photography to go with the words, and the topics range from grass carp to Alabama “brookies” to bonefish in the tropics.