Tag Archives: fly-fishing stories

Photos: Taking the “Old Man” Fly Fishing

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy


A beautiful brown goes back to fight another day.
Photos by Drew Ross

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to fish beside a man who took a kid fly fishing once. Some 25 years ago, Ben introduced his sons to the passion. This month, he turned 63, and they . . .

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OK, Be Honest: What’s Your Fly-Fishing Pet Peeve?


Written by: Phil Monahan

These are hemostats, but each one is a hemostat.
Photo via Wikipedia

Okay, let’s start right out by acknowledging the obvious: a pet peeve is, by definition, something inconsequential. It’s nothing more than a nit that you can’t help from picking. And it’s been . . .

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Classic Photo Essay: A Father-Daughter Trip of a Lifetime to Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness

Written by: Frazier Blair, Orvis Vice President of Merchandise Operations & Planning


The chance to reconnect—and to catch wild trout—drew Bob and Frazier to the wilds of Montana.
All photos courtesy Frazier Blair

My dad, Bob Blair, had just retired, and it was a great moment for us to share a trip of a lifetime. For too long, our busy lives had gotten in the way of our connection to each other and to the. . .

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“Opening Day 1938,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply didn’t share Opening Day with his famous father, but they both spent it on the water.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

An unexpected glimpse into the past sparks childhood memories.

The other day, I was unpacking a carton of old books that my father left behind, and I paused at a nice Derrydale edition of A Tomato Can Chronicle by Edmond Ware Smith. I remembered how . . .

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Classic Essay: Fly Fishing, Mindfulness, and the Art of Letting Go

Written by: Donald Richard, Brattleboro Retreat


Fly fishing and mindfulness practice can go hand-in-hand, allowing you to experience the moment completely.
All photos by Bob Zingaro

In 1855, physician and avid fly fisherman James A. Henshall, MD, said, “Fly fisherman are usually brain workers in society. Along the banks of purling streams, they have ever been found, . . .

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Story: Fly-Fishing Perfection on New Zealand’s North Island


Written by: Phil Monahan

A much younger author shows off a fine Mystery Creek rainbow.
Photo by Sandy Hays

As the thirty-six-foot Top Cat plowed through the mounting whitecaps in the middle of the lake and sheeting rain lashed at the windows of the cabin, I found perverse comfort in singing. . .

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Psychology 101: How to Manage Fly-Fishing Frustration

Written by: Justin Collmann


Justin Collmann, a clinical psychology graduate student, believes that fly
fishers can help manage their own frustration on the water.
Photo courtesy Justin Collmann

One October a couple years ago, I was standing at the lip of the first pool on my home stream in Shenandoah National Park and casting across the current to a fishy undercut boulder on the far side. No sooner had I dropped my fly in the still water behind the rock than. . .

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Classic Story: What Makes Bamboo So Special?


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

A teenage Tom Rosenbauer shows off a nice upstate New York brown and his favorite bamboo fly rod.
Photo courtesy Tom Roenbauer

Many people today treat bamboo fly rods as more of an heirloom than a fishing tool, but there are are also plenty of anglers who use only bamboo. In fact, there are probably more people fishing these rods today than there were 10 or 20 years ago. My love affair with bamboo began in the. . .

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