Story and Photos: You Never Forget Your First Love


A native Vermont brook trout caught from a stream flowing out of the Green Mountains.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first brook trout I ever saw was about three inches long, little bigger than a baitfish really. But the memory of that vision—of that glittering flash of color and light—remains sharply etched in my . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 10 Flies for Winter in the Driftless Area

Written by: Dave Barron, Jacquish Hollow Angler


Winter is a great time to fish the rivers and spring creeks of the Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Winter is one of my favorite times of the year in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. You can have the spring creeks all to yourself, the water is clear, and the fish are hungry. There are a few things . . .

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“Trickle Treat,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


A tiny stream that holds native brookies is a secret to keep.
Photo by Zach Matthews

After living most of my life within earshot of highway racket, where city lights blot the stars from the night sky, I finally did it. I bought a little farm on a dirt road in the New Hampshire hills. My new . . .

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Book Excerpt: Brook Trout and Beaver Ponds

With the exception of small freestone streams, no type of aquatic habitat is more identified with brook trout than beaver ponds. In areas such as interior Maine, they are more important to the brook trout angler than freestone streams, which are often . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: 15 Steps to Fishing a Mountain Trout Stream


The key to catching lots of brookies from a mountain stream is to move fast and hit all the right spots.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The keys to catching good numbers of trout on steep mountain streams are stealth and speed. Wild brook trout are wary, fast, and can hide in tiny spaces. There are lots of predators that. . .

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Story: The Trout Stream That No One Else Wanted

With a sparsely attended Catholic church at one end and a Taco Bell at the other, Benmont Avenue is representative of the hard times that have befallen many American mill towns. This is not the scenic Vermont of postcards, but instead a hardscrabble . . .

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Video: “Flow North” from Tight Loops

Here’s the latest epic adventure film from our friends Chase and Aimee of Tight Loops. Deep in the heart of Quebec’s Ungava region lies a family-run sporting camp that provides some incredible wilderness . . .

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Video: Huge Dry-Fly Brook Trout in Labrador

Here’s another killer full episode of The New Fly Fisher, this time focused on giant, dry-fly-eating brook trout in Labrador. Host Bill Spicer casts both from a boat and while wading, and the fish seem more than willing. There are also plenty of great . . .

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