Angling Art: New Paintings of the Gaspé by Galen Mercer


“Dawn Salmon Fishing, Restigouche,” Oil on Canvas, 22″ X 18″, 2018
All paintings by Galen Mercer

Artist Galen Mercer lives along the Battenkill in West Arlington, Vermont. Canadian by birth, he’s the grandson of two painters and the son of another, so it’s kind of in his blood. Here are three of his most . . .

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Fish Facts: Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar)


The author with a beautiful 22-pound Atlantic caught in June from Norway’s Gaula River.
Photo by Sandy Hays

For many anglers, the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is the ultimate fly-rod quarry because of the rich history and culture that goes along with pursuing these elusive fish: from the famed. . .

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How to Tie the Black Bear Green Butt

The Black Bear Green Butt is a traditional Atlantic salmon fly on the rivers of eastern Canada, but it is also popular with Pacific Northwest steelheaders. The pattern’s provenance is a bit murky, but several authorities credit Harry Smith of Cherryfield, . . .

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Norway’s River of Gold: The Atlantic Salmon of the Gaula


The salmon caught on the Gaula are often just hours out of the salt, sporting sea lice on their gill plates.
Photo by Sandy Hays

As we all know, but may be loath to admit, luck is a vital component of success in nearly every fly-fishing situation. The concept is so ingrained in the consciousness of every angler, in fact, that. . .

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Angling Art: Gorgeous New Works by Galen Mercer


“Setting A Drop, Gaspé,” Oil on Canvas, 18″ X 24″, 2017
All paintings by Galen Mercer

Artist Galen Mercer lives along the Battenkill in West Arlington, Vermont. Canadian by birth, he’s the grandson of two painters and the son of another, so it’s kind of in his blood. Here are five of his . . .

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Video: “North of the Wall” in Iceland

Here’s an absolutely gorgeous video about fishing the opening days of the sea trout season on Iceland’s Húseyjakvísl River. But the real story here is about how the river was brought back . . .

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