Videos: The Stories of the Adams and the Muddler Minnow

Our fly boxes are full of patterns--both famous and obscure--and each has a history. Someone, somewhere came up with the idea for the fly and then sat down and tied. Michigan fly-fishing legend Ray Schmidt has started a cool video series on classic . . .

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Video: Trailer for a New Documentary About Joe Brooks


Joe Brooks (right) and the legendary Florida guide Jimmie Albright.

Way back in 2014, we posted the teaser for an upcoming documentary about the legendary angler and writer Joe Brooks, featuring parts of his story that have never been told. Finally, here's a . . .

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Personal History: Birth of an Angler in Colorado

Written by: Gordon M. Wickstrom


Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado, just a few years before this story takes place.

It was after morning recess in Mrs. Winter’s sixth-grade class at Mapleton School in Boulder, Colorado. I remember the moment precisely, when the boy behind me, right in the middle of . . .

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Bombshell Article Reveals Fly-Fishing Text Older than the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle


The Haslinger Breviary codex
Photo courtesy of Maggs Bros. Ltd., London, via amff.org

One of the few things that almost every fly fisher knows is that the sport's first appearance in print was the Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle, which may have been (but probably wasn't) . . .

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Two Turtle Doves


The 400-year-old "temple" is set on a lovely piece of property along the River Dove.
Photo Photo via dailymail.co.uk

The famed stone temple on the River Dove, where Izaak Walton and his friend James Cotton spent many an hour, has been put on the market. Walton was nearly 80 years old in 1674, when Cotton had the "cottage" built on. . .

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History: A Closer Look at The Compleat Angler

The first edition of Walton’s The Compleat Angler contained a brief discussion of fly fishing by Thomas Barker. Photo via The Literary Fly Fisher The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton first appeared in 1653, and it was an immediate success. The book was reprinted five times in Walton’s lifetime, with frequent alterations and additions. But […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bamboo Fly Rods


Charles F. Orvis began building fly rods in 1850 and launched his commercial enterprise six years later.
Photo via orvis.com

Although the bamboo fly rod fell out of favor in the 1950s—as a result of an embargo against products from China, which limited the availability of the raw materials, and the introduction of. . .

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