Anglers Journal - A Fishing Life
Calculus of Fluke

Calculus of Fluke

A hook-and-line mercenary comes full circle in his ongoing quest to land doormat fluke.

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Ultimate Mahi

Whether trolling or “running and gunning,” mahi are great on the rod and on the table. And pound for pound, a big one is a handful on a fly rod.

Adventure

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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.

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Out There

Two guides embark on a “Jungle Creek” expedition in the southwest Alaska bush before their summer work season begins. Their holy grail is an untouched rainbow fishery.

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Exotica

A quest for the fierce golden dorado takes the author into the remote Bolivian jungle

Pete Jaacks somewhere in Alaska

Young Guides

A look at two young guides who have chosen to follow a different current seam.

People

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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.

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A Conversation with Thomas McGuane

The prolific writer and sportsman published his 17th book this past spring, the latest achievement in a career that started with doing brake jobs in Wyoming and guiding in Key West.

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.

Key West was a beacon for the author and his friends, and tarpon were objects of desire.

Tom and the Fat Boys

D’Artagnan would be proud of these musketeers — artists and writers who fished, hunted, drank and cooked from one end of the country to the other, with Key West as a beacon.

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Catch it, Cook it

When the writer landed what has become known as The Fifty Four Dollar Grouper, it was the beginning of a lifelong education in cooking his catch.

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Postgame

Two-time Super Bowl champion Jimmy Johnson has found happiness chasing big mahi and wahoo in the Keys

Saltwater

Key West was a beacon for the author and his friends, and tarpon were objects of desire.

Tom and the Fat Boys

D’Artagnan would be proud of these musketeers — artists and writers who fished, hunted, drank and cooked from one end of the country to the other, with Key West as a beacon.

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.

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Spring Silver

You start your day hours before sunup, drive the dirt roads and rig in the dark, but the reward makes it worthwhile: hickory shad

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Secret Order of Scup

A boyhood summer day spent landing scup by the dozen — think cut-offs and bicycles — planted a seed that grew into a lifetime of fishing.

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First Run

Spring calls winter-weary anglers out of hibernation in search of the patterns and clues that point to the early runs of striped bass.

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Spring Tides

Anglers Journal Editor Bill Sisson reflects on the life and legacy of Capt. Al Anderson; a talented fisherman, writer, conservationist and prolific fish tagger, who tagged more than 60,000 fish, including more Atlantic bluefin tuna and striped bass than anyone.

Freshwater

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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.

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Out There

Two guides embark on a “Jungle Creek” expedition in the southwest Alaska bush before their summer work season begins. Their holy grail is an untouched rainbow fishery.

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Spring Silver

You start your day hours before sunup, drive the dirt roads and rig in the dark, but the reward makes it worthwhile: hickory shad

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Exotica

A quest for the fierce golden dorado takes the author into the remote Bolivian jungle

Boats & Gear

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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.

The author and his 22-foot Privateer Roamer

My Boat My Life — By Jay Fleming

I found my 22-foot Privateer Roamer in an art gallery, and she can take just about anything the Chesapeake can throw at her as I fish and photograph my home waters.

The Magic Plug

The Magic Plug

A veteran striper fisherman goes to great lengths to make exact replicas of an old plug that still exerts a certain kind of magic on the fish.