“Same Time Next Year,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Fishing the “Big Lake” for smallmouths was twice an annual tradition for Bill Tapply.
Photo courtesy Colin McKeown, of The New Fly Fisher 

It was shortly after the arrival of the new year—the snow drifts around the north side of my barn stood eight feet deep, and the red stuff in the thermometer outside my kitchen window was . . .

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Fish Facts: Largemouth Bass, a.k.a Ol’ Bucketmouth


Illustration by Duane Raver via USFWS

Among the more widely distributed game fish in North America, and now around the world, the largemouth bass is prized for its aggressive feeding habits and violent strikes. A big bass blowing up the water around a popper chugging across flat water is. . .

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Video: How to Catch Pike and Musky on a Fly

Catching a big pike or musky on a fly is considered by many to be one of the best experiences you can have with a fly rod. These fish are super aggressive, and their strikes are often vicious and explosive. In this . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Fly-Fish for Bass

Back in August, we featured a cool profile of angler Jeff Currier in a Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, and here he offers some of his top tips for bass fishing with a fly rod. From choosing the right gear to casting big flies to making sure you land the . . .

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Podcast: Late-Season Smallmouths, with Mike Schultz


Mike Schultz shows off a bruiser bronzeback.
Photo courtesy Mike Schultz

Do you stop fishing for smallmouth bass when summer ends? If you do, you could be missing the best bass fishing of the year and the chance at your biggest smallmouth. Mike Schultz–of . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fly Fish for Longnose Gar

Written by: Drew Price


Drew Price with his personal-best longnose gar, which measured 48 inches long.
Photo courtesy Drew Price

The first time I ever saw a longnose gar, I was a child visiting a public aquarium, and I was mesmerized by the fish’s unusual shape and elongated mouth. Lake Champlain has a . . .

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“Bass-Bug Humbug,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply had some awfully strong opinions about what makes a good bass bug.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

“It is with some degree of trepidation that I approach the subject of artificial flies [for bass],” wrote James A. Henshall in his Book of the Black Bass, “for I am afraid that I hold some very. . .

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