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Power to the public

A year spent on public lands
Photo: Kris Millgate

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I saw Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in January 2016. Well, sort of saw it. The fog was as thick as smoke trapped in a burning trailer house the morning I arrived at the refuge. Camera in hand, confused literally and figuratively, I couldn’t get a handle on my surroundings or the situation. The fog was hours from blowing away. The problem was months from going away.

Review: Korkers Darkhorse wading boots

A detailed look at Korkers new do-it-all wading boot
Photo: Ryan Kelly

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I’ve been fishing a pair of Korkers Devil’s Canyon boots for a little more than a year and have remained convinced that they’re the best wading boots I’ve ever worn. They offered almost everything I want in a wading boot, save for the lack of a gaiter hook ring and a stiffer top section to protect anglers, such as myself, with weak ankles. Despite those missing features, I found myself grabbing those boots more than any others. Then I got my hands on a pair of the new Darkhorse boots from Korkers.

Through years of change, the ponds remain

Pond fishing can spoil even the greediest of anglers
Photo: Mark Taylor

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I had dated the girl for a couple of years when it was time for the big test.

We were heading from Virginia to her family reunion in South Georgia.

Her brother pulled me aside to prepare me for what I was about to experience.

“Bring your fishing gear,” Jimmy said.

I knew their dad lived on a lake. But it was the farm's ponds, not the lake, that offered the best fishing.

Vanishing Paradise II: Charlie and the specks

Speckled trout are the lynchpin of coastal Louisiana's fishing culture and economy
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain

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Charlie Bush loves speckled trout.

The “L” word often gets tossed around with flippancy, but this is not one of those instances and it’s not hyperbole, and it goes beyond catching and eating speckled trout. No, it doesn’t. Charlie’s love for speckled trout is the purest manifestation of a predator/prey relationship.

Review: Winston AIR fly rod

Winston's new SuperSilica rod outperforms some of its most heralded vintage graphite
Photo: Spencer Durrant

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I make no secret about being a Winston aficionado. I own a Winston rod from every production run except for a Loomis-rolled IM6. My quiver is predominantly emerald green.

So when I heard the news of a new rod from Winston I assumed that, as usual, the new rod would replace an existing rod series. However, with the AIR, that’s not the case. It’s a standalone series in weights 2 – 6.

And the more I fish it, the more I think it’s possibly the best fly rod Winston’s ever built.

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