Fishing Stories

Burn and Bow

Burn and Bow

I started reeling in over 100 yards of line, not paying much attention. The tarpon we targeted early that morning passed our baits on the bottom. The school of silver giants slowly porpoised by our boat at no more than 50 yards, illuminated brilliantly in the rising...

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Zane Grey

Zane Grey

Zane Grey was the first human to land a fish weighing over a thousand pounds on a rod and reel, wrote books that outsold the Bible, and started a club to popularize the sport of hunting dolphins and porpoises.  Oddly enough, he’s only remembered for two of these...

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Going Primitive

Going Primitive

She turns, gliding through the kelp on my right. I release the kelp stalk I’m holding thirty feet beneath the surface and very gently kick my feet from the ankles, streamlining my body and letting myself sink to her depth as I glide forward. I don’t move towards her,...

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Song of the Soque

Song of the Soque

The Soque River is a narrow watershed that begins and ends in the mountains of northeast Georgia’s Habersham County. It is also a siren that sings to every fly fisherman who has ever had the fortune to hook one of her innumerable trout leviathans. It was my good...

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A River Tore Through It

A River Tore Through It

Two days of casting and the only fish I hooked would have been considered bait back home. The young bald eagles and osprey who screamed down at me hoping for handouts gave up in disappointment. But not entirely. They returned at intervals to check for any change in my...

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Fly Fishing is for Golfers

Fly Fishing is for Golfers

For years I was puzzled at the sporting development of the fly fisherman. They spring up wild it seems, like toadstools. At parties there they are-- phone out, amazing photos of gear, clothes, and scenery, nary a fish in sight. Then, just like that, they disappear. A...

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