Some of our favorite photos of 2016 from the pages of Anglers Journal...
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
The offshore photography of Tom Spencer, who cut his teeth shooting with an iphone.
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
When the offshore action is hot and heavy, you want a crew that can keep its cool
This hard-battling bottom dweller with a face only a hard-core devotee could love draws the faithful offshore into the winter.
This ancient form of beach-seining still practiced in parts of Portugal has changed little in 500 years
A.D. Maddox paints trout like nobody’s business, then hops on her Ducati to unwind.
Discover why the Rainbow King Lodge has earned international acclaim.
A timeless story of closing the loop and returning to one’s natal waters
Today's bay boats have the essentials for inshore skinny-water fishing but also enough power and deadrise to play offshore.
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