Armed to the Teeth: The Northern Pike of Wollaston Lake

Orvis's Tom Evenson prepares to release a 43-inch northern pike, which hit a topwatere slider pattern.
Photo by Joel Ruby

“Can we please change this fly?” Guide Dan Lembke--all six-foot-eight, two-hundred and ninety pounds of him--was sitting in the center of the boat, rebuilding my wire leader and considering what fly to tie on, . . .
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“Same Time Next Year,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply
Fishing the "Big Lake" for smallmouths was twice an annual tradition for Bill Tapply. Photo courtesy Colin McKeown, of The New Fly Fisher 
It was shortly after the arrival of the new year—the snow drifts around the north side of my barn stood eight feet deep, and the red stuff in the thermometer outside my kitchen window was . . .
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Story and Photos: Learning to Love The Driftless Area

Written by: Len Harris, Jr.
The tiny spring creeks of the driftless hold some of the most colorful browns you could imagine. Photos by Len Harris, Jr.
Many folks don’t know the meaning of the term driftless. It is an area in the Midwest--comprising parts of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin--that was not flattened by the last glacial period. . . .
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“The Eternal Debate,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply
Bill Tapply drifts a dry fly on a mountain stream. Photo by Phil Monahan
It happened again last winter, this time in the form of an e-mail from my friend Skip Rood. “Just got home from a long and inconclusive—and at times acrimonious—discussion at the Boston Fly . . .
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Photos and Story: Into the Gunnison Gorge

Written and photographed by: Nick Swingle
The beautiful browns of the Gunnison Gorge were like icing on the cake of this incredible trip.
The temperature is unseasonably warm, even for western Colorado. We wait in the shade, knowing the hike ahead will offer ample opportunity for sun and sweat. We pass the time nervously with last-minute Macgyvering of our packs and . . .
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Photos and Story: Wild Trout in Hawaii’s Grand Canyon

Written by: Derek Draplin
Trout in the Aloha State? Sure, but you have to work for them. Photos by Derek Draplin
Last year, hundreds of thousands of tourists filed through the scenic lookouts over Kauai’s Waimea Canyon, also called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Few of those tourists likely realized that non-native rainbow trout call the canyon’s small streams and . . .
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Story and Photos: How Fly Fishing Changed My Life

Written by: Josh Diller
Fly fishing has led Josh Diller far away from the self-destructive path he was on. Photo by John Bundy
I grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and I enjoyed fishing, hunting, and roaming the fields when I was younger. As I got older, however, I fell into the. . .
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Classic Story: Patience Pays Off in Alaska

The huge rainbows that Alaska is famous for are not always easy to catch. All photos by Jeremy Kehrein
In early July 1995, I was guiding two of my favorite clients of all time—a father-and-son team from Annapolis, Maryland—on the Copper River, which drains into Alaska’s Lake Iliamna. Tom and. . .
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