The Doc, the River, and Lessons Learned


Doctor Hays casts one of his Leonard bamboo rods–left to him by his father–on Maine’s Rapid River.
Photos by Sandy Hays

Although I had been a fisherman since early childhood, I didn’t learn to fly-fish until I was in graduate school at the University of New Hampshire. My older brother, Brian, lived nearby, . . .

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Podcast: Landlocked Salmon, with Jeff LeBree


Jeff LaBree out on the water during the Maine summer.
Photo courtesy Jeff LeBree

A number of listeners have been asking for a show about landlocked Atlantic salmon, and for that I can think of no one better than a native Mainer. Jeff LeBree has been fishing for “landlocks” in his native state for over 50 years, and for 17 of those . . .

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Video: Small-Stream Landlocked Salmon

Sometime, I run across a video that has few of the attributes I look for—high production values, huge fish, exotic locations—but still manages to hold my attention through sheer charm. This. . .

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Fish Facts: Landlocked Salmon (Salmo salar sebago)


Greg Miller reeled in this world-record-caliber landlocked salmon in northern Michigan.
Photo courtesy Greg Miller

The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is revered for its sporting qualities, especially its propensity for going airborne when hooked—earning it the nickname “The Leaper.” Although the landlocked members of the species are generally much. . .

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