“Trickle Treat,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


A tiny stream that holds native brookies is a secret to keep.
Photo by Zach Matthews

After living most of my life within earshot of highway racket, where city lights blot the stars from the night sky, I finally did it. I bought a little farm on a dirt road in the New Hampshire hills. My new . . .

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“Literary Treasures” by William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply fishes one of his beloved Montana spring creeks.
Photo via williamgtapply.com

“The literature of angling falls into two genres: the instructional and the devotional,” wrote William Humphrey in his satirical little novel My Moby Dick. “The former is written by fishermen who. . .

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“Trout Eyes,” by William G. Tapply


Sometimes, seeing is believing.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The Bull Shoals dam was holding back water, and the White River was running low and slow and clear. Local trout maestro Wayne Reed had led John Barr and me through some woods to a . . .

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“The Bass-Bug Moment,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply inherited his love of bass-bugging from his father.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

I grew up casting deer-hair bugs for bass, both largemouths and smallmouths, in lakes, ponds, and rivers all over New England. It was my favorite kind of fishing—even better, I thought, . . .

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“Fear and Loathing in Belize, Part II,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Although a trout angler at heart, Bill Tapply also loved casting in the salt.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

The first time I went to Belize, the wind howled for a week. Andy and I stayed in a lodge with ten other fanatical tarpon anglers, and in that entire week, twelve fishermen, supervised by six . . .

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“Fear and Loathing in Belize, Part I,” by William G. Tapply


Former Orvis Cleveland Fishing Manager Jim Lampros shows off a Belize tarpon.
Photo by Dan Davala

About four feet of Mason leader material was looped around Andy’s bent knee. He kept fiddling with the Mason and frowning at the book he’d propped open on the table beside his . . .

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Story: “First Light” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply on the hunt for striped bass off the coast of Massachusetts.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

One morning many Junes ago, before saltwater fly fishing became The Thing To Do in New England, Rip Cunningham, then the publisher and editor-in-chief of Saltwater Sportsman . . .

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Classic Story: “The Life List,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


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

Every new fish you catch occupies an important place in your personal angling history.

Toward the end of June, Marshall Dickman and I found ourselves wandering around the Finger Lakes region of upper New York State, where the rolling pastoral landscape is wrinkled like the back of an old farmer’s neck and. . .

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“Two Ponds,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply drifts a dry fly on a mountain stream.
Photo by Phil Monahan

I have lived my life—more than half a century, now—in the neighborhood of two Massachusetts ponds: Walden, which is the most famous pond in the world, and White, which is known only. . .

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