Kulik Creek - Wood Tikchik National Park - Alaska
The Wood Range overlooks the crystal clear, grayling-charged waters of Kulik creek (photo: Chad Shmukler).

A fifth lake run

Fishermen want fireworks, even if they’re drawn from imagination rather than reality

Few things in the world of fishing are what they seem, whether it is fly shop chatter about last night’s hatch, a guide’s description of the rivers he or she works, or a brochure about the bonefish trip you’re thinking about taking. This is with good reason. Fishermen, despite a lifetime of learning that should teach them to do otherwise, carry the weight of unreasonably lofty expectations.

Steve Katner - Snook
A roadside Florida snook.

No skiff, no problem

Two feet equals one boat for Landcaptain Steve Kantner

If the old red Jeep could talk, what fishing stories it could tell, from one coast of Florida to the other, from Everglades City to Fort Lauderdale, from the Taimiami Trail to Hobe Sound.

The guy behind the wheel is Steve Kantner. He’s a fishing guide. Most of his colleagues travel by boat; Kantner, for the most part, logs his recon by car. A Honda Accord and two Jeeps have provided transportation for nearly 20 years of guiding in South Florida. He is known as the Landcaptain and has fished for everything from black bass to baby tarpon.

Patagonia River Guides' Alex Knull holds a silvery Collón Curá rainbow (photo: Chad Shmukler).

A boy again, in Patagonia

In late summer and autumn, the minnows run in the Collón Curá.

Alex oars us through a relatively shallow but wide and burly riffle on the lower reaches of Argentina's famed Collón Curá river, working hard to bring the boat across to a back eddy on the far bank before the current sweeps us farther downstream. It’s a fine looking stretch of water, to say the absolute least. As it turns, from one side of the river to the next, a streambed of terraced shelves is plainly visible to the eye, each shelf creating a spillover beneath the riffle’s surface currents, each of which is sure to be rife with trout.

Traful River Patagonia
The Traful River courses through one of the valleys hardest hit by the 2011 Chilean eruption. Today, the river remains crowded with healthy juvenile and adult trout (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Cabulco volcano unlikely to impact Patagonia's fishing

Expect Patagonia trout fishing to go on being the best in the world.

While much of the world marvels at the incredible photos coming out of Chile, where the Calbuco volcano erupted twice over the last few days and spewed a massive cloud of ash high into the sky, there are probably more than a few anglers wondering what might become of their planned trips to Patagonia to chase trout next fall and winter.

Turneffe Atoll Permit
Like many saltwater fish, the appearance of a permit changes depending on its surroundings. This healthy Turneffe Flats permit takes on the purple and blue hues of the skies above (photo: Chad Shmukler).

Last day permit

When a shot at a permit does come, you don’t waste it. Not ever.

I’m not angry. I’m just disappointed.

Daniel, my guide for the week at Turneffe Flats in Belize didn’t say it, but it was written all over his face. By all rights, he should have been disgusted. Getting two chances at the same permit or group of permit can be rare. Getting a dozen or possibly even more is unheard of. Permit shots don’t come often, and I was giving them away like they were kittens.


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