Winter on the Madison Can Be a Blast

Written by: John McKinnie


A bluebird day on the Madison chases the winter blues away.
All photos by John McKinnie

We were headed to the Madison on a blustery January day. We departed the ranch around 8 a.m. with the temperatures hovering around 5 degrees. As we drove through the Gallatin Canyon. . .

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Classic Story and Photos: Fly-Fishing for Monsters


The bowfin is an indiscriminate predator. It seems all mouth, when viewed from the front,
and its conical teeth would do a number on your skin.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first time I ever heard of bowfin was about seven years ago, when I was ice-fishing for pike on Lake Champlain with a couple of friends from Orvis—I didn’t work here yet—and a few of. . .

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5 Rivers Odyssey, Part I: Trouble on the Deschutes

During my time on the 5 Rivers Odyssey, I was tasked with being in charge of the greater Deschutes area, a place that I became very close to over the course of a week. Our time on the Deschutes River was spent with numerous stakeholders—from fly . . .

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Photos: A Fish Every Month for 5 Years

You know you have a fishing problem when you schedule a knee surgery around your fishing schedule! I’ve been trying to see how long I can go catching at least one fish a month. When I tore my meniscus earlier this year I postponed the surgery . . .

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Photos: How Do You Know She’s “The One”?

During our engagement, my wife and I discovered our mutual love for fly fishing. It was the perfect way for us to spend our weekends, doing what we love: being active and spending time out in nature. We live in Clemson, South Carolina, and usually . . .

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“20 Days in September”: How Did You Do?

The end of September always comes too soon, now that I devote so much of the month to time on the water. Good weather was a boon for those of us in the Northeast, and I managed to get out on twenty-four of the thirty days. The highlight was . . .

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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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