Issue features

Jay Johnson

Small planes flew low over the parking lot at first light and woke us up. It was a late-March cool morning in northeast Florida. Jay Johnson had generously given me the bed in his camper bus and strung a hammock for himself between a magnolia tree and the poling platform on the panga behind the […]


“How do you say, ‘The most important part of our trip is to find the large fish eating the small fish’ or something like that?” I asked my wife, Sarah. She speaks Spanish fluently and often acts as my interpreter when we are south of the border. “Lo cosa mas importante es encontrar un pez […]


I went to a country most people have never heard of to chase a fish most people have never seen. Because, really, why not? The modern world is growing so much smaller so quickly; it’s difficult to find places that are well and truly off the radar—places that, for one reason or another, are forgotten […]


It is nearly impossible to predict what random piece of media will catch the public’s attention and end up going viral. A few years ago, a short film from the archives of Idaho Fish and Game made that strange leap from historic obscurity to pop culture phenomenon.  Complete with the newsreel narration of the era […]

Aimee Bartee

When my wife, Aimee Bartee, was a little girl, her parents called her the “feral child.” The daughter of an East Coast blue-collar family, her dad raced stock cars and welded pipes in the union, and her mom was a nature illustrator and jewelry maker. She grew up shooting guns, tapping maple trees and building […]


After I spring for the plane ticket to Chile, I tell my friends there, all of them professional flyfishing guides, the most important things are to see everyone, eat good food and drink good wine together. Not that I will pass up any opportunity to go fishing, but the months of border closures have left […]

Billboard Gospel

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish ran this roadside advertising campaign for years: “Take a Kid Fishing.” The billboard featured a chubby little boy, eyes swelling with tears and hands holding a scarred-up hatchery trout. I chuckled at the irony of it as we drove past one, headed up the Pecos River that windy […]


As Osmany ran the skiff across the gulf toward a little channel where dead mangroves merged with new, the boat began to slide and fall in colossal swells. When a dot of trees finally came into view, Osmany radioed Yadian, whose skiff was coming in behind ours.  “Yadian, háblame!” he said, lighting a cigarette under […]

Snake River

The Nez Perce call the river yáwwinma, meaning place of cold water. Non-Indigenous people refer to it as Rapid River.  It’s the only stream Congress ever designated a Wild and Scenic river exclusively because of its water quality. Even in August anglers wet-wading its headwaters suffer numb feet. The steep forested canyon and its rock formations […]

James Sampsel Gallery

It is worth stopping and looking at the work of James Sampsel, a flyfishing guide and artist based on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River on Oregon’s south coast. Dynamic or subtle, Sampsel’s paintings reward the viewer’s investment of time. Many are scenes anglers will find familiar, if not in the specific details of western […]


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