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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“Snakes,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply shows off a fat Labrador brook trout.
Photos courtesy Vicki Stiefel

It was a typical August morning in Labrador—gray sky, cold drizzle, wind chill somewhere around freezing. In the afternoon, the clouds would blow away and the sun would come out and the. . .

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Photos and Stories: Big Permit in The Bahamas

Written by: Jeremy Kehrein, Sporting Travel Program Manager for Orvis Adventures


This gorgeous permit was feeding off the back of a ray and was very particular about pattern.
Photo by Christiaan Pretorius

A few years ago, we posted about Orvis Adventures customer Bob Cosgriff catching a permit of a lifetime on the outer islands of the Bahamas. Bob is obsessed with the species and spends countless hours in pursuit of shots at these elusive game fish. . . .

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Photos and Story: A DIY Trip for Alaskan Chrome


The author fulfilled his Alaskan dream with a little help from his Instagram friends.
Photos by Mario Guel

Since I was a child, I have dreamed of visiting Alaska. When I was six years old, in 1986, I played a video game called, “King Salmon,” in which you’d troll on the Kenai River and catch giant king salmon—some over 100 pounds! I loved it. Then in . . .

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Story: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mouse


Casting mouse flies at night for big browns can result in savage strikes from big browns.
Photo by Drew Nisbet, Fishing Manager of Orvis Buffalo

Went to the Boneyard yesterday afternoon. Big yellow stoneflies in the air. First time I’ve ever seen them flying around at the Farmington. Hooked and lost a (seeming) mega on a yellow stonefly . . .

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Photos and Story: Bulls and Rainbows in BC


The bull trout of the Birkenhead aren’t huge, but they are beautiful and feisty.
Photos by Reece Fowler

There’s a trip in every fly fishers’ life that’s just that little bit more memorable than all others. Sometimes it’s a result of the number or size of fish caught. Sometimes it’s a result of banter with your fishing buddies or down to the . . .

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Just Like Water: The Case for Bad Beer

Written by: David Coggins


The author relaxes on the Madison River with his favorite low-brow midday beverage.
Photo courtesy David Coggins

One of my most beloved angling traditions is the lunchtime beer. The midpoint of a float trip is largely an excuse to open a can of Miller Lite. If the morning has been a good one, then it’s a well-earned celebration. If the fishing . . .

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A Quest for Golden Trout in Colorado

Written by: Katie Burgert, Fish Untamed


Colorado’s golden trout are hard to find and access, but they offer a gorgeous reward for the effort.
Photos by Katie Burgert

Last summer, while my friend Ali and I were fishing for tiger trout, she asked me a seemingly insignificant question: “Have you ever caught a golden trout?” The answer was no, and I had never really put much more . . .

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