“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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Story: “First Principles,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply

"Try and err and figure it out for yourself."--H.G. "Tap" Tapply
Photo by Kerry Kimball
One Saturday morning in the summer that I turned eight, my father peered across the breakfast table at me and said, “I guess you’ve been doing a lot of fishing lately, huh?”
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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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“Porcupine Brook,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply
Finding a wild-brook-trout stream by accident is the best part about wandering through the woods. Photo by Phil Monahan
I happened upon Porcupine Brook while exploring some promising woodcock cover last October. Burt, my Brittany, had wandered off, as he often does, and when I could no longer hear his bell. . .
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Pro Tips: Bill Tapply’s Top 10 Basic Flies

Written by: William G. Tapply
Bill Tapply fishes a Western spring creek. Photo courtesy williamgtapply.com
Ever since I hung up my vest in favor of a pack, out of deference to my creaky back, I’ve carried just two fly boxes with me. One box I load up with imitations of what I expect to encounter. . .
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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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“A Birthday Trout” 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
The last time my father and I fished together was on his eighty-fifth birthday. What had been, for most of my life, a fishing partnership that took us all over the Northeast for everything that swam . . .
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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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