A Father’s Legacy in the Remote Maine Woods

Written by: Matt J. Libby, Libby Camps


Matt P. Libby shows off a gorgeous Maine landlocked salmon.
Photo via Facebook

What do you say about growing up with a living legend? I say that a little in jest, but it’s true. Orvis lifetime achievement award, Legendary Maine Guide Award, Maine Tourism Hall of Fame . . .

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Photos and Story: The Wyoming Two Fly Tournament

Last week I, had the opportunity to participate in the Two Fly Foundation’s annual fundraising fly-fishing tournament in Wyoming. Originally formed to promote corporate philanthropy by companies operating in the Cowboy State, the . . .

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“Secrets of the Littlehorn,” by William G. Tapply

The Littlehorn River begins at the outlet of a small cottage-rimmed pond, follows the old Boston & Maine railroad tracks behind gas stations and strip malls and suburban backyards, passes under three highway bridges, and ends several aimless miles . . .

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Discovering a Small-Stream Gem in Yellowstone National Park

For years, I’ve driven over the tiny trickle that is Cascade Creek en route to Canyon and the tourist havens at the upper and lower Yellowstone Falls. To me, these features are the most photogenic in all of Yellowstone—Old Faithful is nice, and the drive . . .

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Podcast: Funny and Bizarre Stories from River Guides

This week, fresh from the Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Montana, I returned with a bunch of stories and tips I recorded in a bar with some full-time, professional Orvis-endorsed guides. Some stories are bizarre, some funny, and some touching. I also . . .

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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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The Perils of Lucky Hats

Do I have a lucky fishing hat? I’ll only answer that question if you answer it first. It’s a delicate thing to admit to superstitions when we should be working on our double haul or stealth-emerger tactics. But let’s just say I did have a lucky hat. It was . . .

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“Opening Day 1938,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply didn’t share Opening Day with his famous father, but they both spent it on the water.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

An unexpected glimpse into the past sparks childhood memories.

The other day, I was unpacking a carton of old books that my father left behind, and I paused at a nice Derrydale edition of A Tomato Can Chronicle by Edmond Ware Smith. I remembered how . . .

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