Photo and Story: A Summer Steelhead on a Mouse Pattern


Baptiste had come a long way to catch such a stunning fish on a mouse pattern.
Photo by Devon Carr

As fly fishers, we often believe that we deserve a fish. Perhaps you deserve that fish because you made so many great casts and drifts. or you believe that your bad luck is due to run out. This . . .

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Story: Struggle, Hope, and a Return to the River

Written by: Pauly Larkin


Pauly Larkin appreciates his time on the water all the more for his struggles.
Photos courtesy Pauly Larkin

Earlier this summer, I stood in the McCloud River, breathing in the fresh air, listening to the fresh snowmelt clashing against the rocks. I had made it home, to a place I feared I would never . . . .

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Photos and Story: Learning the Ropes in Yellowstone

Written by: Will Bayha


Will and Bridgit in the Lamar River canyon, in Yellowstone National Park.
Photos courtesy Will Bayha

When I first heard about the Orvis 50/50 On the Water campaign, I loved the idea to inspire and celebrate women in fly fishing. I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do with my girlfriend, . . .

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Classic Story: Fly Fishing for Fur and Feathers


The yellow-bellied marmot: fly fishing’s next frontier?
Photo by Inklein, via Wikipedia

One of my favorite Paul Schullery articles about fly-fishing history is about anglers catching thingsother than fish. The most common “collateral catches” are, of course, bats and birds . . .

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Photos: A Meaningful Mother-Daughter Day on the Water

Written by: Chelsea Long


Chelsea (right) was finally able to introduce her mom to fly fishing through CfR.
Photos courtesy Chelsea Long

Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to be a River Buddy for the Casting for Recovery (CfR) retreat in Waring, Texas. Casting for Recovery is a nonprofit organization that coordinates and . . .

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“Gone Fishin’” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


A young Bill Tapply shares an on-stream victory with his father, H.G. “Tap” Tapply.
Photo by Harold F. Blaisdell from Tap’s Tips: Practical Advice for All Outdoorsmen

We usually rumble across the iron bridge, turn off the road, follow the bumpy ruts beside the field, and park Dad’s station wagon at the water’s edge to offload the canoe. But on this gray afternoon . . .

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Story and Photos: Learning to Love the Outdoors Again

Written by: Michael O’Brien


Miranda’s personal-best brown trout, landed last weekend, taped at 24 inches.
Photo by Michael O’Brien

When Miranda and I met about six years ago, she wasn’t interested in the outdoors. She had fished and even done some hunting when she was younger, but she didn’t keep up with it through high . . .

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“Alas, the Bighorn,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply sits on the bank, waiting for his turn to cast to rising browns.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

Andy and I made our first Montana Trout odyssey in the summer of ’87. It took us from the South Fork of the Snake to the Henrys Fork to the Box Canyon to Hebgen Lake to the Madison to the . . .

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“Mad Naked Summer Night” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


When the sun goes down on a trout stream, magical things can happen.
Photo by Phoebe Bean

It’s a little-known fact, and I hesitate to reveal it, but here goes: on the otherwise undistinguished little trout stream that passes under the bridge just a three-minute drive from my front door here. . .

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