Growing Up Viking

Growing Up Viking

Since he was a boy, fishing has been a driving force in the life of Pat Healey, the head of Viking Yachts.

Best Photos of 2018

Best Photos of 2018

If a picture’s worth a thousand words then the 2018 issues of Anglers Journal could fill an encyclopedia. Here’s a look back at our most stunning photos.

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Fish Pimping

Contradictory worldviews collide along a river in Montana, where a guide wrestles with heady questions of conservation, ethics and hypocrisy.

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The Beautiful Curse Continues

I’ve been waiting for a son or daughter to share my fervor for fishing. I may have finally found one with a grandson who is taken by all things fish.

Adventure

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Ribbon of Turquoise

The Devils River wends through the badlands of southwest Texas, unforgiving territory and the backdrop for these paddlers on a four-day quest for smallmouth and largemouth bass.

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‘Big Fun’

The bite for three hours was as hot as it gets for three anglers fishing a seamount 75 miles off Costa Rica.

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Laughter Rang off Canyon Walls

Climbing mountains for fish is a spiritual endeavor for the author, whose parents pointed him toward a fuller way of life on Montana’s Northern Cheyenne reservation.

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River Hewn

A longtime guide’s love letter to Montana, where rivers are deep with fishing options and the field of play is as wide as the eye can see.

People

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Coming of Age

Two old friends pull story after story from a river of memories as they once again fish the Michigan waters of their boyhood.

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The Art of Fishing

He was known as “Trout Boy” around the Yale University campus as a student, so it’s no surprise that artist James Prosek has crafted a career from pursuing, painting and writing about fish.

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Laughter Rang off Canyon Walls

Climbing mountains for fish is a spiritual endeavor for the author, whose parents pointed him toward a fuller way of life on Montana’s Northern Cheyenne reservation.

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Party Boat Living

Party-boat fishing is as much about fun as it is fish. Winning the pool is an honor like no other, and the IRS is none the wiser if you don’t report your winnings.

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A Fishing Life

Henry Walsh’s life story is told in the tackle left behind after his passing, gear that was baptized in the fresh and the salt in pursuit of bass, trout and his greatest love: Atlantic salmon.

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My Boat My Life: “My Regulator”

For the past decade, I entertained a naval architecture fantasy that came to fruition earlier this year. She’ll be my last boat, and finally I can use the phrase “my Regulator.”

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The Vagaries of Current

Art Lee is remembered as a master fly fisherman who stood on the bank before wading or casting, surveying the water for the clues that would make him a “trout’s nemesis, not its butler.”

Saltwater

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Uncle Bob’s Blues

A writer remembers landing bluefish after bluefish, the sweet aroma on the grill and the new neighbors who were surprised by the culinary delight.

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Child on the Marsh

A writer recalls being lost in sawgrass as a boy, afraid of nothing, working his way from fresh water to salt until he was saved from things he didn’t want to be saved from.

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Trailblazer

Jake Jordan made possible what was once believed to be nearly impossible: catching blue marlin on a fly rod.

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‘Big Fun’

The bite for three hours was as hot as it gets for three anglers fishing a seamount 75 miles off Costa Rica.

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Party Boat Living

Party-boat fishing is as much about fun as it is fish. Winning the pool is an honor like no other, and the IRS is none the wiser if you don’t report your winnings.

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Fact, Folklore or Fiction?

There is a common belief that Atlantic salmon do not feed when migrating upstream. Nonsense, says this enthusiast, who has the evidence to back up his hypothesis.

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Crazy Good

Albies, little tunnies, fat Alberts — call them what you want, but once you hook one on light tackle, you’re doomed to chasing them for the long run.

Freshwater

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Child on the Marsh

A writer recalls being lost in sawgrass as a boy, afraid of nothing, working his way from fresh water to salt until he was saved from things he didn’t want to be saved from.

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Ribbon of Turquoise

The Devils River wends through the badlands of southwest Texas, unforgiving territory and the backdrop for these paddlers on a four-day quest for smallmouth and largemouth bass.

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Coming of Age

Two old friends pull story after story from a river of memories as they once again fish the Michigan waters of their boyhood.

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Laughter Rang off Canyon Walls

Climbing mountains for fish is a spiritual endeavor for the author, whose parents pointed him toward a fuller way of life on Montana’s Northern Cheyenne reservation.

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Fact, Folklore or Fiction?

There is a common belief that Atlantic salmon do not feed when migrating upstream. Nonsense, says this enthusiast, who has the evidence to back up his hypothesis.

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River Hewn

A longtime guide’s love letter to Montana, where rivers are deep with fishing options and the field of play is as wide as the eye can see.

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Ties That Bind

A father-son relationship is strengthened during a fishing trip to New Zealand, as the young man prepares to leave home and the elder contemplates a new phase in their lives.

Staying low, the author scans a bank for rising trout. The demanding character of such water spurred his quest for this special rod.

Art of the Possible

A collaboration between the author and a craftsman ended a 30-year quest to solve a hundred-year-old problem: producing a long, functional 2-weight split-cane fly rod.

Boats & Gear

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My Boat My Life: “My Regulator”

For the past decade, I entertained a naval architecture fantasy that came to fruition earlier this year. She’ll be my last boat, and finally I can use the phrase “my Regulator.”

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Reeling in the Years

Venerable Tochterman’s tackle shop in Baltimore has been satisfying the wants and needs of generations of fisher folk for 102 years.

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Bulking Up

The Latest in Outboard Power. Six new engines prove bigger is better when it comes to outboards, with three manufacturers now offering V-8 options.

Serious anglers looking to up their game are turning to professional-grade sonar, which has the ability to see 360 degrees around the boat and detect fish from a quarter-mile or more away.

Sonar Revolution

Serious anglers looking to up their game are turning to professional-grade sonar, which has the ability to see 360 degrees around the boat and detect fish from a quarter-mile or more away.