Photo: Chad Shmukler

In 1922, Leonard Halladay tied up a mayfly imitation on the banks of Michigan’s Boardman River, and then handed the fly to his friend Charles Adams to take with him fishing. The rest is history, as the fly old Chuck tied on at the river proved to be an excellent attractor dry fly, and now, bearing the angler’s last name, is recognized as perhaps the best dry fly ever crafted.

To our lost fish

Many of the fish we feasted on just years ago are now gone—which will be the next to go?
Artwork symbolizing the demise of the North Atlantic cod fishery, featured in the exhibit "On the Water" in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. This piece and others like it were crafted by fisherman Dan Murphy of Dunville, Newfoundland (photo: M. Tindc / cc2.0).

I’m interested not only in fish, but in food, and I’ll sometimes find myself reading a book about some aspect of food history, the development of American cuisine, or something of that sort. Right now, I’m reading Lost Feast, by Lenora Newman.

Review: Snowbee XS-Plus Thistledown² fly line

Can one line perform well on multiple weight rods?
Photo: Johnny Carrol Sain

The first stretch of Appalachian trout water I laid eyes upon, boulder-strewn and narrow with isolated pockets, was just what I’d imagined it would be. I approached each run camouflaged by the vast green of the forest and, thanks to the diminutive 7-foot 3 weight rod I’d strung up before hiking into the creek, was able to unfurl precise casts despite the ever-present, overhanging limbs. Just around the bend, however, the creek and the forest opened wide. Long runs trailed from the prime pockets, and if I wanted to reach the best water, I’d need a bit more range on my casts.

5 reasons to love fall fly fishing

Autumn comes but once a year. Get out there.
Photo: Chad Shmukler

It’s full-on fall across most of America, and that means it’s the best time of year to be out on the water if you’re a trout angler. Yes, you might have to wear an extra layer, or, if you’re like me, you’ll have to drag your waders out of storage because you’ve been wet-wading all summer, but these are mere annoyances. This is arguably the best time of year to chase trout, cooler temperatures and all.

And here’s why.

Photo: George Daniel

When I was learning nymphing in the 1990s, it was commonly said that 50 percent of all strikes went undetected by the angler. In other words, half the time a trout ate your fly, you didn’t know it. Given the tools and approaches most often employed back then, I’d wager that estimate probably held water.