Armed to the Teeth: The Northern Pike of Wollaston Lake

Orvis's Tom Evenson prepares to release a 43-inch northern pike, which hit a topwatere slider pattern.
Photo by Joel Ruby

“Can we please change this fly?” Guide Dan Lembke--all six-foot-eight, two-hundred and ninety
pounds of him--was sitting in the center of the boat, rebuilding my wire leader
and considering what fly to tie on, . . .

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Photos and Story: Into the Gunnison Gorge

Written and photographed by: Nick Swingle


The beautiful browns of the Gunnison Gorge were like icing on the cake of this incredible trip.

The temperature is unseasonably warm, even for western Colorado. We wait in the shade, knowing the hike ahead will offer ample opportunity for sun and sweat. We pass the time nervously with last-minute Macgyvering of our packs and . . .

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Photos and Story: Wild Trout in Hawaii’s Grand Canyon

Written by: Derek Draplin


Trout in the Aloha State? Sure, but you have to work for them.
Photos by Derek Draplin

Last year, hundreds of thousands of tourists filed through the scenic lookouts over Kauai’s Waimea Canyon, also called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Few of those tourists likely realized that non-native rainbow trout call the canyon’s small streams and . . .

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Photos and Stories: Big Permit in The Bahamas

Written by: Jeremy Kehrein, Sporting Travel Program Manager for Orvis Adventures


This gorgeous permit was feeding off the back of a ray and was very particular about pattern.
Photo by Christiaan Pretorius

A few years ago, we posted about Orvis Adventures customer Bob Cosgriff catching a permit of a lifetime on the outer islands of the Bahamas. Bob is obsessed with the species and spends countless hours in pursuit of shots at these elusive game fish. . . .

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Photos and Story: A DIY Trip for Alaskan Chrome


The author fulfilled his Alaskan dream with a little help from his Instagram friends.
Photos by Mario Guel

Since I was a child, I have dreamed of visiting Alaska. When I was six years old, in 1986, I played a video game called, “King Salmon,” in which you’d troll on the Kenai River and catch giant king salmon—some over 100 pounds! I loved it. Then in . . .

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Photos and Story: Bulls and Rainbows in BC


The bull trout of the Birkenhead aren't huge, but they are beautiful and feisty.
Photos by Reece Fowler

There’s a trip in every fly fishers’ life that’s just that little bit more memorable than all others. Sometimes it’s a result of the number or size of fish caught. Sometimes it’s a result of banter with your fishing buddies or down to the decent . . .

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Just Like Water: The Case for Bad Beer

Written by: David Coggins


The author relaxes on the Madison River with his favorite low-brow midday beverage.
Photo courtesy David Coggins

One of my most beloved angling traditions is the lunchtime beer. The midpoint of a float trip is largely an excuse to open a can of Miller Lite. If the morning has been a good one, then it’s a well-earned celebration. If the fishing . . .

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A Quest for Golden Trout in Colorado

Written by: Katie Burgert, Fish Untamed


Colorado's golden trout are hard to find and access, but they offer a gorgeous reward for the effort.
Photos by Katie Burgert

Last summer, while my friend Ali and I were fishing for tiger trout, she asked me a seemingly insignificant question: “Have you ever caught a golden trout?” The answer was no, and I had never really put much more . . .

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“Porcupine Brook,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Finding a wild-brook-trout stream by accident is the best part about wandering through the woods.
Photo by Phil Monahan

I happened upon Porcupine Brook while exploring some promising woodcock cover last October. Burt, my Brittany, had wandered off, as he often does, and when I could no longer hear his bell. . .

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Story: Struggle, Hope, and a Return to the River

Written by: Pauly Larkin


Pauly Larkin appreciates his time on the water all the more for his struggles.
Photos courtesy Pauly Larkin

Earlier this summer, I stood in the McCloud River, breathing in the fresh air, listening to the fresh snowmelt clashing against the rocks. I had made it home, to a place I feared I would never . . . .

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