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Okefenokee's mudfish

Chasing a prehistoric relic on Georgia's iconic swamp
Photo: Chad Shmukler

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The little yellow ‘bugger landed with an appreciative thunk just along the edges of the lily pads. Mere days from blooming and popping with brilliant yellow flowers, the plants nonetheless created bright green raft atop the dark water, lining the squishy banks of the swamp and providing plenty of hiding places for the fish below.

After nearly 40 years, Florida's Joe Bay reopens to anglers

A long untouched section of The Everglades once again welcomes fishermen in search of snook, tarpon and more
Kayakers on The Everglades Joe Bay (photo: Everglades National Park Service).

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More than 6 million people live in South Florida. And given that the lower tip of the Sunshine State appears to be growing every year, this means more fishermen will share less water.

It’s an unfortunate fact of life for many Florida anglers. But there’s a nugget of hope for those who like to fish the Everglades.

The further you walk, the more you leave behind

Often, solitude is worth the distance
Photo: Austin Dando

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It's Monday. It’s 35 degrees. And it's spitting rain.

That combination of undesirables should be enough to give you plenty of space on the river, but you’re looking for more. You want vast stretches of open and rolling water, Class A trout water, big Blue Ribbon water loaded with wild fish. You want it all to yourself for a while, and you’re not going to feel guilty about that.

The rain, the cold and the day of the week will keep most of the unfortunates under a roof, at some meeting in a conference room or making factory widgets. That’s good, but not good enough.

There will be flood

Shaping water within limits
The Portneuf River, by definition, ceases to be a river as it throws through a cement chute in Pocatello (Photo: Kris Millgate).

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Counties south of me are filling sand bags because the Snake River could bulge banks this spring. The Portneuf River will probably do the same. The Portneuf washes over more than 120 miles in southeastern Idaho. From the willows it weaves through in the high country, to the cement chute it is shackled to in Pocatello, the Portneuf is a waterway that struggles.

Owning a boat: Why you should, and shouldn't

The fly fishing pros and cons of taking the leap into boat ownership
Photo: Mike Hodge

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We all want what we can’t—or don’t—have. It’s human nature. I thought fly fishing would settle me enough that I wouldn’t thirst for more, but it seems as if there’s always a better way to catch more fish.

I started out wading, then went to a kayak, then a canoe, then a paddleboard and finally a boat. Twenty five years after my first cast, I graduated to a skiff, a 14-foot Riverhawk.

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