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Carpathian browns and grayling finning far

from missile strikes and tank blasts,

just a goat trail to a pine shack, old Boris

and his pet bear. I fed the bear apples while Boris

snipped greasy fur for streamer wings his gypsy wife

cinched with silk.

River voices, chickens, your leaky leather accordion,

sometimes gunshots — Don’t worry, you’d laugh.

Only Dmitry shooting wild pig. Gutted before us

and roasted in the yard — svynyna with yellow pickles

and moonshine. No Internet, riding horses

to the bosky banks, fish rising all morning.

Let’s pray it’s over soon, you text. Your room will be ready.

You and Nina okay? Okay now, but many refugees

at dairy farm — crying mothers, little girls petting a calf.

There was that plunging blue pool behind the barn

where I flipped a midge to a whopping, orange-spotted trout

that changed my life, or so I thought.  



The Fish That Wasn't Ours

Catching sturgeon on the Willamette River in Oregon, with an English trout expert.


Pain Relief

The 10-day, 90-mile hike was tough, but the fishing washed away the bumps, bruises and bites.


Against the Grain

An artist, furniture maker, fossil collector and more, Paul Gentry is a bona fide original with an eye for fish

AuSable Float 13.2 Marc Fryt

Fall Flies

A drift trip on the Au Sable River connect a mother and daughter to the rhythm of the changing season


Argentine Patagonia's Fly-Fishing Godfather

Paulino Arias has been preaching sustainable fly-fishing in Argentine Patagonia since the last trout he caught for food nearly six decades ago.

Bolton Ranch 1980

Fish Hippies

For a brief wrinkle in time, a band of cosmic cowboys from the '70s reveled in a western trout paradise.


Fish Story

A monster catfish, the remittance for a $67 debt, is on the menu at a bizarre party in Texas. Fiction by Rick Bass


Fish Pimping

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


Poem: Fish

The poet reflects on the life of a brook trout.