“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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Classic Story: The True Value of a Fly Rod

Written by: Colin S. Shaffer


Colin says that this photo captures the essence of his father, when he is untangling my line
as a young Colin stares into the camera. You can clearly make out the Orvis rod, too.
Photo courtesy Colin Shaffer

Editor’s Note: Orvis head of Rod & Tackle Steve Hemkens was in the Orvis rod shop recently, and rod-repair supervisor Jim West happened to show Steve the. . .

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Classic Story: Reading Between the Lines


Former colleague Eric Rickstad with a nice brown from the [REDACTED] River in Montana.
Photo by Phil Monahan

A few years ago, Eric Rickstad and I made plans to go to Montana in late April for the Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous. As soon as our travel plans were finalized, Eric started talking . . .

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“Stuck,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply casting to trout on a Western river.
Photo via williamgtapply.com

Fly fishing can be the best kind of therapy.

It was noontime on that pretty Wednesday in September, and I was sitting on the sofa watching television when Vicki came into the room and stood squarely in front of me. “For heaven’s. . .

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The Journey from FF101 Student to Fly-Fishing Instructor


Richard Bailey shows off a sweet brown trout.
Photos courtesy Richard Bailey

When I first read those words around fifteen years ago, I could count on one hand the times I had fished. And I’d never tried fly-fishing. Don’t get me wrong. I knew about fly-fishing. I’d seen . . .

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Photos and Story: Four Days on the White River

Written by: Emily Roley, Taos Fly Shop


Emily shows off a beautiful brown, even if it isn’t the monster she was looking for.
Photo by Ron Sedall

Here is the extent of what I knew about the White River the morning we head east: it is in Arkansas, it is a big tailwater, and it is home to massive brown trout. Of these three facts the most . . .

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Photos and Story: Redfish at the Other End of the Mississippi

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


Truman Vieth poses with his very first redfish, as Capt. Lucas Bissett smiles proudly.
Photos courtesy Kip Vieth

One of the things that I love most in my life is the Mississippi River. I live on the banks of the Mississippi in Minnesota, not all that far from its source, Lake Itasca. The river is where I call . . .

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Photos: Home for the Holidays in Pennsylvania

Written by: Josh Diller


A nice wild brown trout I was able to land during my trip back to my home waters of Pennsylvania.
Photos by Josh Diller

Although I now live and guide in Colorado, I’m originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and this year I spent the holidays with family and friends back East. For some people, such a trip might mean . . .

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Photos: Dads’ Day Out on the Little Red

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy


The grogeous browns that the river is famous for were more than willing to eat flies.
Photos by Drew Ross

Getting to fish with friends isn’t something I get to do very often, primarily because I fish during the week while most responsible people are at work. But just before Thanksgiving, a buddy called . . .

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