The wild?–it’s calling you.
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;
Let us journey to a lonely land I know.
There’s a whisper on the night-wind, there’s a star agleam to guide us,
And the wild is calling, calling . . . . let us go.” ― Robert W. Service
By Rick Fowler
Fishing new waters has always intrigued me. There’s a unique excitement about casting into a river, lake or ocean for the first time, anxious to see just what I’ll haul up the first time my line goes tight. This sense of euphoria and wonderment was very evident in a September 2015 excursion to Alaska. Continue reading FISHING THE WILD ALASKAN WATERS, EXCITING AND INTRIGUING→
Sunday Series: True Fish Stories of the World’s Strongest, Fastest and Most Challenging to Catch
By Debbie Kay
Fishermen are notorious for telling tales that inflate the sizes, weights and fighting prowess of the fish they’ve – supposedly – reeled in. But what are the actual biggest, fastest and strongest fish out there? If you’re looking for a challenge, here’s a quiz at some of the extreme fish around.
“I’ll be really glad when I’ve had enough of this!”
Fred J Taylor, on Cold Weather Fishing
By Terry Otto
It was an offer I couldn’t refuse: A chance to spend the day steelheading with one of the best-known outdoorsmen in the Northwest? It meant a day on world-class waters with a world-class host. Great! So, why the anxiety?
Let’s look at that invite phone call. We talked about what I should bring and not bring, and the what and where of the trip. Then I asked a totally logical question: “What’s the weather supposed to be like down there tomorrow?” Continue reading Cold Weather Fishing is Good Fishing→
One thing is certain. Anglers have been pulling huge rainbow trout from the North Fork of Idaho’s Clearwater River, even fish that easily smash the 20 pound state record for rainbow trout. But none have counted — mainly because any trout over 20 inches has to be released — and because no one seems completely certain just what these fish are.
A rainbow trout is a rainbow trout, right? Maybe, except when it’s a steelhead, a hatchery triploid, a native rainbow, or a Kamloops – all of which are possibilities in the Clearwater — or maybe even something else. Continue reading Monster Mystery Rainbow Trout(?)→
I suspect that many women imagine that they will be immaculately dressed and made up when they catch the eye of the man that they will someday marry. For me, and I suppose other women who fish, it was the opposite. During the first three months of getting to know my husband-to-be, I was covered in blood, slime and scales on a daily basis. This was not a way to show off my “one of the guys” side, it was simply my job. As a marine biologist working as a Fisheries Observer in the Bering Sea, I handled (literal) tons of bycatch pulled up in large processing nets, and became intimately familiar with skull and stomach dissections of different species. I was still girly in my own ways: Continue reading Women who Fish: A Love Story→