My Fly-Fishing magazine articles

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My fly-fishing articles have appeared in many magazines including –American Angler, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Fly Tyer, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters (I was a contributing editor), Saltwater Fly Fishing, and Saltwater Sportsman.

For the last six years, I have focused on writing short stories for Fly Fisherman, and American Angler magazines. You’ll find several of these stories below. Hope you enjoy them. Honestly, I love doing these things. They allow me more creative freedom.

I caught the writing bug in the late 1980’s. At first I penned “how-to” pieces for various fly-fishing magazines. Then I branched out a bit into conservation, and fisheries management topics, and along the way did a few book reviews too.

Between 2007 and 2011, my interest turned to personality profiles of a famous anglers. Typically these pieces had a historical slant, as well as a look back at the origins of saltwater fly-fishing. Although these articles required a ton of research, I enjoyed doing them. After twenty years of writing “how-to”, they were a breath of fresh air.

Now, with well over a one hundred articles under my belt, I’m looking down the road. No, I’m not certain what the future holds. But this much I know: my journey as a writer has been a wonderful ride.

Okay, here’s a look. With one exception, they are all in .pdf format.

The Reds are on a Roll: Redfish are one of the most sought after fish along the southern coast. Powerful and yet wary at times, they can be down-right challenging to catch. But come October, the “reds” shift gears, pulling out all the stops. This article focus on that exciting time of year. It appeared in the Waterline section of American Angler, during March of 2016.

Old Yellow Eyes: If you have ever tangled with bluefish, I’m sure they earned your respect. Wicked strong, with razor sharp teeth, bluefish are in a class by themselves. This piece looks their hell-bent-for-leather, never-say-die personality. The story saw daylight in 2015 in the Seasonable Angler section of Fly Fisherman magazine.

The Land of Milk & Honey: Sometimes crazy little things happen while you’re fishing – things you never seem to forget. This story is about one of those events. It happened to me  mondo moons ago in northern most New Hampshire. I remember it as if it were yesterday. This piece appeared in Fly Fisherman’s Gear Guide 2014. It’s another Seasonable Angler “back page” piece, but this time the pages are in the right order. Art Hassall’s wonderful artwork rounds things out.

The Aquinnah Rod Company: I have many wonderful memories of fishing Martha’s Vineyard for striped bass. Man those were beautiful times. This humorous story is based on one of my experiences. I wrote it in 2011 for the Seasonable Angler section of Fly Fisherman. The illustration were done by Al Hassall, a fine artist and a great guy.

Lucky with Landlocks: I love fly fishing for landlocks in northern rivers. Yes, they can be tricky critters at times. But with the autumn Great North Woods wrapped around you, you can’t lose.  This piece appeared the Aug/Sept 2012 issue of Fly Fisherman in their Seasonable Angler section. Like the piece above, the pdf file shows the pages in reverse order. And once again Al Hassall’s artwork graces the pages.

Homer Rhode Junior: One of the most intriguing figures in the early days of fly-fishing in salt water was a 6-foot-5-inch giant who wandered the wilds of the Florida Everglades — often at night and alone. Introverted by nature, he lived a life deeply immersed in the natural world. He loved the creatures of the Glades and knew where they lived, how they conducted their lives and even their Latin names. He could catch the fattest snook with a fly rod or the biggest rattlesnake with his hands. The backcountry was his home. His story appeared in the 2011 Nov/Dec issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

The Splendid Splinter: Ted Williams was likely the best hitter baseball has ever seen. Amigo, he could find the ball. Even at 38 years of age he slammed .388. Ted was also one hell of a fly fisherman. You name it Atlantic salmon,tarpon, bonefish, Ted had an edge. My article about The Splinter hit the newsstands in the 2010 Nov/Dec issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters.

Nelson Bryant : Between 1967 and 2005, Nelson Bryant wrote an outdoor column for the New York Times. Sad to see them end. I used to look forward to reading those all-to-brief gems. Back several years ago, I got a chance to interview Nelson in his Martha’s Vineyard home. It was a fun trip. The resulting piece appeared in the June /August 2008 issue of  Fly Fishing in Salt Waters.

Harold Gibbs 1886-1970: One of the most important figues in the early history of saltwater fly fishing was a Rhode Island angler by the name of Harold Gibbs. Besides being a fly angler, Harold was an artist, a conservationist, a hunter, a waterman and a father.  Yes, Gibbs was the real deal. A man of many skills. I had great fun researching this story. It got ink in the May/ June 2007 issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters.

Cane on the Coast: Today, saltwater fly rods are either carbon fiber or boron. And they are no doubt the best fly rods to ever fling a fly line. Before they showed up, we had fiberglass rod; I still have a few. And before “glass” we had bamboo. This story looks back at those early cane rods. The article appeared in the 2009 September /October issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

Midnight in Menemsha: God I love the Vineyard. Miss it too. This true story showed up in Yale University’s  Angler’s Journal, 2007, Volume IX, Number 2 . The file is formated in MSword

Jack be Nimble: The late Jack Gartside died in December of 2009. He was one of the best known fly tiers in the world. And Jack was a character too. No doubt about it. This story speaks to his interesting life. It was published in the March 2010 issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters.

The Ethereal Bonito: Bonito means beautiful in Spanish, and Atlantic bonito are certainly that. Here in New England, they’re also one of the hardest fish to find, hook and hold. Yeah, bonito are a challenge. In this article, I give anglers an idea of what they can expect from this wily green rocket. Saltwater Fly Fishing printed this story in August/September of 2003.

Bayside Bass: Many experienced fly anglers consider sight-fishing for bonefish to be the zenith of our sport. I have news for them, sight-fishing for striped bass is right up there too. In this article I examine the striped bass sight-fishing opportunities that exist in Cape Cod Bay. It came out in the 2005 January/ February issue of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters. 

Big Bass from the Beach: In New England, catching a really big striped bass in the surf is one of the most exciting things you can do. But unless you’re plain lucky, the odds are stacked against you. This article explains how to narrow those odds. Lotsa solid information here. And know this: more than one angler has used this article to land their dream bass. Published in Saltwater Fly Fishing, October/November 2000

An Ocean of Air: It always amazes me how much wind affects our fishing. No I’m not talking about casting. I’m talking about the fish. This article takes an indepth look at the issue. Published in Fly Fishing in New England, Winter 2002

Sleepless in New England: This piece looks at spring striper fishing in New England. It appeared in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, March/April,1995

Salty Six: Saltwater fly fishing always requires a big, heavy fly rod. Right? Wrong. There are plenty of situations where a lighter rod will not only get the job done, but be a barrel of fun! This article looks at 6-weight rods and where they shine. It hit the street in the 2005 Feb/March issue of Saltwater Fly Fishing.

Retro Rod: After 50 years in the sport, I still own, and on occasion use, fiberglass rods. Yes, graphite is great, love them carbon rods, but glass has its place. In fact, for sweet water applications, they are all I use. I call them my “Blue Collar Bamboo“. I did this piece, years ago, in an attempt to point out the virtues of glass rods. And I like to think it played a role in the resurgence fiberglass enjoys today. It appeared in the 1998, June/July issue of Saltwater Fly Fishing.  The file is formatted in MsWord.

 

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