Classic Story: “Taking Your Chances” with Brown Trout


This is the picture I should have been posting, but alas I didn’t “take my chance” when it
presented itself. So I must be content with this imaginary brown trout.
Photo-illustration by James Daley

In this country, the phrase “to take your chances” usually means to try something that may end up being a disaster—as in “You’re taking your chances driving on those bald tires.” But across. . .

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Iceland, Day Two: Cold Lava

What a difference a day makes. The second morning of Orvis Week in Iceland with Fish Partner brought colder temperatures, driving rain, and howling wind. Every fly-fisher’s dream, am I right? But with the successes of the previous day still fresh in . . .

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Discovering the Magic of Striped Bass on the Fly


A big striper on the fly will make you forget about trout streams for a while.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The small New Hampshire town where I grew up is within an hour’s drive of some of northeastern New England’s best striper fishing. Yet, instead of exploring the waters of Plum Island, Cape . . .

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OK, Be Honest: What’s Your Fly-Fishing Pet Peeve?


These are hemostats, but each one is a hemostat.
Photo via Wikipedia

Okay, let’s start right out by acknowledging the obvious: a pet peeve is, by definition, something inconsequential. It’s nothing more than a nit that you can’t help from picking. And it’s been . . .

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Essay: Sleeping with the Fishes


The bank of the Gaula River made a very comfortable recliner in Norway in June 2015.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Most anglers consider themselves above the petty squabbles that so often erupt in the fly-fishing community, content to let other anglers define the boundaries of the sport for. . .

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Story and Photos: You Never Forget Your First Love


A native Vermont brook trout caught from a stream flowing out of the Green Mountains.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first brook trout I ever saw was about three inches long, little bigger than a baitfish really. But the memory of that vision—of that glittering flash of color and light—remains sharply etched in my . . .

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“Trickle Treat,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


A tiny stream that holds native brookies is a secret to keep.
Photo by Zach Matthews

After living most of my life within earshot of highway racket, where city lights blot the stars from the night sky, I finally did it. I bought a little farm on a dirt road in the New Hampshire hills. My new . . .

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Classic 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 Photo: Feathered Trout Thief


What a glorious pose. . .Hey! That’s MY fish!
Photo by Brandon Kalpin

I received this great photo and story from blog reader Brandon Kalpin of Altadena, California: . . .

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