American Fly Fishing

Knapp Creek, WV

By Anne Mitchell

Marlinton, West Virginia, is a quiet mountain town at the confluence of the Greenbrier River and Knapp Creek. Happily, this region sits within the United States National Radio Quiet Zone...

Pearl Lake State Park, CO

By Ken Proper

The first snow lingers only in the shade of the evergreens. A gentle wind stirs the golden aspen leaves with a quaking motion then lifts a few skyward. They hover, swirl, and dance in the air...

Innovative Fly Tier: Pat Cohen

By Steve Schweitzer

Illustration, sculpture, tattoos—they are all the same to Pat Cohen. These artistic media are his passions. And Cohen has a unique way of combining them all into his latest...

Around the Southwest: Range Creek, Utah

By Bryan Anglerson

“Come meet my friend,” said Waldo Wilcox, pointing to a cave-like recess above a scree slope at the base of a cliff in remote central Utah...

Angels Creek, CA

By Don Vachini

Fed by snowmelt from the vast west-slope Sierra Nevada backcountry northwest of Yosemite National Park, tiny Angels Creek gurgles pleasantly through the heart of gold country. Home to...

Fish Food - Frogs: Bein’ Green

By Jene Hughes

Puppeteer Jim Henson of Muppet fame first sang the line in his role as Kermit the Frog, and more than 40 artists—including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Diana Ross—have recorded it: “It’s...

Lake Amistad, TX

By S. Seth Davis

Still early in the day, the sun halfway to its apex, I watch as my partner releases another nice largemouth bass. Only minutes pass when I feel the sudden weight at the end of my line as I strip...

Frio River, TX

By W. Chad McPhail

This spring, being relocated with my job from Amarillo to Port Isabel, Texas, it occurred to me that 95 percent of everything I knew about fishing revolved around the cold-water trout streams of...

Crystal River, CO

By Ken Proper

The trail started at a Carbondale residential crosswalk, slipped between two houses, down a long wooden stairway, and we were on the Crystal River. A trash can, apparently ravaged by a...

Lake Henshaw, CA

By Bob Gaines

San Diego County lakes are best known for bass fishing. Ten of the top 25 largest bass of all time have been caught here. Lake Henshaw, located near the town of Santa Ysabel, at the foot of...

Rio Chama, NM

By Toner Mitchell

In two key respects, fishing the Rio Chama at Abiquiu, New Mexico, is like hunting steelhead. First, your chance of finding what you came for, at least in terms of getting a fish on the line, is often...

Dixon Lake, CA

By Bob Gaines

Located 40 miles north of San Diego, 70-acre Dixon Lake is the centerpiece of a beautiful city park nestled in the rolling, oak-covered hills on the outskirts of Escondido. The first thing you’ll notice...

Chubby Muffin Sculpin

By Nick Granato

Over my 20 years of fly tying, I can’t even count how many times I’ve been told, “Great tie, but I think it should be sparser,” or “Maybe tie it a little less bulky.” I mulled over many such suggestions...

Middle Fork of the South Platte River, CO

By Ken Proper

“I always keep an eye out for arrowheads,” Jackson Streit said as we walked a hillside adjacent to the meandering Middle Fork. Like a gem hidden in...

Little Walker Lake, CA

By Don Vachini

Grandson, Domenic, and I glimpsed our hike-in destination from the trail atop Sawmill Ridge. On this early-June morning, we’d shouldered daypacks and were following a primitive Inyo National...

Fish Food: Carp Candy

By Dennis Collier

In 1997, Barry Reynolds, Brad Befus, and John Berryman published Carp on the Fly: A Flyfishing Guide, illuminating the small, cultlike band of American fly fishers who clandestinely pursued...