The In-Law’s Bass Pond

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“The pond was full of those great lily pads, and I guess that’s where the problem started.”   I guess I should be happy, but I’m not. Ever since my in-laws moved to South Carolina the compulsory visits have had a silver lining. I discovered a...



The Fish Gods and The Temple of Swing

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A steelhead is caught one way and one way only, on the swing! The temperature of the room is getting kind of warm. The fishing banter takes on a surly tone when one of the guys mentions bobber fishing. This is steelheader slang for nymphing...



You Can Mouse Just About Anywhere

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Eight years ago, I got fed up with reading articles about people all around the country and abroad fly fishing with mouse patterns and landing truly giant trout. It seemed every medium I read or watched, there were people showcasing how productive mouse fishing could...



Bugs, Bugs Everywhere, And Not A Fish To Be Seen

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Have you ever thrown a party, sent out the invitations, bought the onion dip, and in the end it’s just you and your onion dip? Now imagine the river is the party, the bugs are the onion dip, and the trout are your ungrateful, good...



Sunday Classic / Johnny’s Shark

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A perfect cast right on the big shark’s nose gets nothing but a sniff and a refusal. In a low and stoic voice the guide says, “the fish ain’t gonna eat if he don’t smell blood”. Johnny Spilane gives him a hard look, takes his...