“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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Photos and Story: 50/50 on the Water at Lee’s Ferry

The first thing my friend Michael and I are often asked by friends and strangers is, “How do you convince your wives to come on these fly fishing trips with you?” Our answer is easy: Holly and Courtney are anglers. When we introduced them to the . . .

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Photos: Week Three of Our “20 September Days” Contest

It’s Day 23 of our “20 September Days” Photo Contest, which means that we have exactly a week left in our challenge. I’m in good shape and should hit the 20-day mark today; how about you? I’m looking forward to finishing the month in far northern . . .

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Photos: Week Two of Our “20 September Days” Contest

It’s Day 16 of our “20 September Days” Photo Contest, which means that we are more than halfway through our challenge. I’ve missed just two days so far; how about you? It’s still not too late for you to get in on the action. You don’t need to hit 20 days to . . .

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Photos: Week One of Our “20 September Days” Contest

t’s Day 9 of our “20 September Days” Photo Contest, and since “thirty days hath September,” you could start today and still complete the challenge. How are you doing so far? I’m in good shape, having fished every day so far, although the fishing . . .

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Story and Photos: A Four Corners Fly-Fishing Extravaganza

We launched our journey from scalding hot valley of Phoenix, and headed for the 46-degree Colorado River tailwater in Lee’s Ferry. We were lucky enough to catch a special time on this unbelievable fishery, the summer cicada sing. This white noise . . .

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Tips for Fishing High-Elevation Lakes for Brook Trout

My friend Jeff and I recently took our families to explore a high elevation lake and stream in the Uinta Mountains of Utah for a couple of days. The hike to the lake was only about a mile, but we had heard good things about it. When we arrived, . . .

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Pro Tips: Keep Terrestrials Riding Low

One of the reasons that fly fishers love casting terrestrials is that these patterns are usually really easy to see on the water–compared to, say, a size 20 Blue-winged Olive. And one of the . . .

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