The worst part about driving through most of Wyoming is having to look at it. The state’s office of tourism dissembles. The pictures plastered on rest-stop brochures and online clickbait banners represent a small portion of Wyoming’s vast rectangular canvas. An accurate rendering would depict a monochromatic backdrop speckled with denuded foliage and sagebrush. But it is not the scenery itself that is vexing; it is the vague feelings that the scenery is prone to produce. The landscape doesn’t have a focal point, which allows thoughts to tip toward the abstract. Thoughts and emotions are blithely swept along, tumbling over
Fish Town It’s clear from the moment I arrive that there aren’t enough dead bugs on my windshield or dirt on my car to be perceived as a serious fly angler here. I’ve always been fastidious about my equipment, including my rig, but I have to admit I’m a little jealous of the beater next to me that’s covered in various dead hatches with the words “Fish or die” scratched into the caked mud on the window. That’s West Yellowstone, Montana: a fish-or-die kind of town. Did I say town? More accurately, it’s an outpost. You stay here because you
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By William Sisson Trap fishing with the Wheeler family requires a strong back, finesse and A healthy dose of old-fashioned seamanship. It is a little after 6 o’clock in the morning, and the moon is still up as the 62-foot Maria Mendonsa steams west from Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, Rhode Island, with her brood of three aluminum workboats and a small skiff in tow. The destination is a floating fish trap anchored off Newport. A dozen men in foul-weather gear, some red-eyed, some yawning, sit on the bench seats or stand in the 30-foot skiffs, talking, smoking, drinking coffee,
Richard Stanczyk is growing impatient. We haven’t caught a bonefish. “One thing I have not figured out in 67 years of fishing is how not to catch fish and still have a good time,” says Stanczyk, his nose smeared in the trademark zinc oxide he uses to protect against skin cancer, which has dogged him lately. A stiff wind is blowing onto the beach, and the shallow water is a milky green. It’s muddy. Stanczyk, owner of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina, an icon of Florida Keys sport fishing, says the dirty water could stymie us, adding optimistically that bonefish aren’t
Real summer comes first when the lily pads and weeds along the edge of the river began to grow. It does not happen slowly, does not seem to occur gradually. One day the pads are not there and the weeds are all dry and brittle from winter and the next day the pads appear and the weeds are green and the summer water has life it did not have before. The second sign of true summer is when the rock bass start biting down by the Ninth Street bridge. It is thought that they start biting simply because the water
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It’s late October, and a southeast gale is tearing up the Atlantic seaboard. The lighthouse looks like an old clipper ship rounding Cape Horn in a big blow, and the dozen anglers dressed in waders and rain gear are the waterlogged sailors working the deck. I take a spot along the picket line closest to the point. The gusts are strong enough to buckle your knees. Spray pelts me, and every now and then a wave races up the rip-rap wall and threatens to sweep the legs out from beneath all the men in the row. You see a big
By Lynne R. Parenti The skeletal beauty and complexity of these creatures of the salt are revealed in X-ray images from the National Museum of Natural History The Smithsonian Institution’s National Collection of Fishes is the largest and most diverse of its kind in the world. With an estimated 6.2 million specimens comprising some 75 percent of the world’s 32,000 species, it has unique value as an archive of the natural history of fish. Most of the specimens in the collection were fixed in Formalin and transferred to alcohol for long-term storage, but the collection is anything but stagnant. Collectors
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Scores of shadaholics are drawn into the new season as American shad leave the salt and move upriver to spawn
From her Steel Gray color scheme to her impressive performance, the newest Jarrett Bay 46,Grander was born to instill fear in the hearts of fish--and fishermen--everywhere.
By Chris Landry New products are a big part of the lifeblood of the annual ICAST sportfishing trade show held in Orlando, Fla. Here are the 24 product winners deemed the most innovative in their respective categories at the 2016 show. They range from newly designed hooks that cost less than $4 for a pack of six to a trolling motor and a kayak that each run about $2,800. Previous Next 1 of 17 The Disappearing Art of Trap Fishing The Disappearing Art of Trap Fishing The Disappearing Art of Trap Fishing The Disappearing Art of Trap Fishing The Disappearing
When fishing deep, it’s hard to beat these simple chrome-over-lead bruisers