Photos: An Amazing First-Time Steelhead

A couple weeks ago, a father hired me to guide him, his wife, his daughter, and her husband. The father and mother had fished 30 years ago, and the the other couple had never picked up a rod before. At this point in the season, I had planned to take them. . .

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Podcast: Hatches of the Catskills, with Evan Lavery

I was down in the Catskills recently and stopped in to chat with Evan Lavery of The Beaverkill Angler in Roscoe, New York. The topic of our podcast is hatches of the freestone rivers of the Catskills, in particular the Beaverkill and . . .

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Top 10 (and more!) Flies for Fall on the Upper Delaware


Capt. Joe Demalderis (left) has trouble deciding on just ten patterns for fall on his home waters.
Photo via Facebook

On the Upper Delaware system, fall is a bittersweet time of year for me. Bitter in so far as the season is coming to an all too quick close; sweet because the river lights up again like a final hurrah and . . .

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Top 5 Flies for the Adirondack Mountains

Written by: Ken Kalil, Kalil’s Upstate Outfitters 


Ken Kalil ties on a favorite pattern while fall fly fishing on his home waters in Upstate New York.
Photo courtesy Ken Kalil

When you mention you live in New York, many out-of-staters immediately picture New York City. But five hours north, in a state park four times the size of Yellowstone, nothing could be further from . . .

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Discover the Newest Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter: Breuckelen Fly-Fishing Adventures!


Breuckelen Fly-Fishing Adventures provides an amazing angling experience where you wouldn’t expect one.
All photos by Joel Ruby

For more than thirty years, Orvis has been putting its imprimatur on the best fly-fishing operations in the country and around the world, through its Endorsed Lodges, Guides, and Outfitters program. But the newest member of this elite club may be the most unique one yet. Located in the hippest part . . .

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Photos: Swinging for Holiday Steel


Kubie’s first fish was a colored-up buck that struck in a tailout.
Photo by Sam Brown

Last week, my brother Sam and I set off for New York’s Salmon River on our annual pilgrimage to get in the holiday spirit by chasing steelhead with our Spey rods. The water was low and a bit . . .

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“Paying Homage,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply sits on the bank, waiting for a hatch to begin.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

Every year on the weekend after Memorial Day, Marshall Dickman, Andy Gill, Jeff Christenson, and I spend four days in Roscoe, New York, in the heart of the Catskills, where the fabled . . .

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