We released the new issue of This is Fly Magazine and would like to thank all of our contributors. Fall has finally arrived and unfortunately we experienced a sobering end of Summer when three devastating hurricanes caused catastrophic destruction to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean. We are working on content to raise awareness how these storms have affected fisheries and what the short and long term affects will be. Please look for these in upcoming issues. We wish all the people who were affected by these storms a speedy recovery.
This is Fly Magazine’s Issue 64 begins with Christiaan Pretorius’s passion for permit fishing which began when he successfully landed two fish on his first attempt. Following his unusual introduction there was the Longest Drought which left him scratching his head as he pursued the species to no avail. Then under a perfect Bahamian sky he broke the drought or Boston Red Sox like curse by landing a fish worth reading about. Next we all know how hard it is to consistently catch steelhead, but now we learn how challenging it is to make a movie about it! Longtime TIF contributor Robert Thompson (RT) and crew of steelhead junkies Rick Kustich and Nick Pionessa share the experience of traveling the Great Lakes to film Spey Daze. TIF illuminati member Derek Olthuis always on the edge of fly fishing write about the journey of Eric MacKay and his obsession of The Pursuit of a Very Specific Trout. D-Bone of Hawgfish discusses the sacred secret fishing spots found by people who are willing to go discover Unchartered Territory. D-Bone says, “When it comes to sharing such sacred secrets, one must be selective. For one must not disclose such secrets to those who do not respect “your spot”, as well as Mother Nature and her bounties.” Musky fishing can be painful both physically and mentally. Lets face it, casting 1000 times is going to hurt!
Drew Ross takes a kayak Musky Hunt in search of the illusive species. Tyler Graff shares his summer traditions with us that involves an annual fly fishing roadtrip. Tyler and friends target Montana’s native fish, the Westslope Cutts and head close to the Canadian border for a week of camping which included tossing big streamers during the day and then switching it up for evening hatches. When we heard Patagonia was sponsoring a film about Enbridge Energy’s oil pipeline called Line 5 that is positioned in the Great Lakes we had to help spread the word. Paul Hendricks and Colin McCarthy tour northern Michigan to rock climb, surf, fish, kayak and define what Your Place means. Hendricks writes, “We all have that place. A stretch of river, a mountain lake, an ocean flat which we call ours. Not because we own it or have any sort of right to lay claim to it. It became ours because it gives us more than we can give it. We find a sense of connection to something greater or something less —a north wind brining in a bruising storm across the lake or a nymph clinging to a rock at the bottom of a creek. Sometimes we take people to it so they can have the same sense of respite and awe. Sometimes we keep it private and retreat there when we need it most.”
Our featured artist is Portland-based KC Badger who is a frequent contributor when he’s writing about fly fishing and Redington sponsored projects. KC is also an accomplished artist whose work ranges from painting, carving to pyrography.
Our featured fly designer is The Fly Project whose anthem includes “fly fishing isn’t just for trout in pretty streams. We want to make the sport very available to the anglers fishing largemouth bass in the south and the mid-west on farm ponds, and guys that have urban carp hit lists. To do that, we really need to change how the sport has been approached in the past.”
Lastly, our featured photographer Kami Swingle of Two Fisted Heart Productioins has worked with the biggest names in the fly fishing industry including Orvis, Smith, Sage, Buff, Simms and many more. This featured photographer piece is a collection of her photographs documenting travels to fresh and saltwater destinations including Guatemala, Mexico, Jurassic Lake and Colorado.
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FEATURE: LONGEST DROUGHT
Christiaan Pretorius writes, “Permit addiction is real and many fly fishermen who cast to permit will suffer it. It has been known to ruin relationships, empty wallets, and push some people to consider selling all their fly-fishing equipment. Who would have ever thought that you could get nervous while fishing? Well, I must say that some of my most stressful experiences have involved permit. It usually does not happen quickly and it may take many years before one can fully appreciate this fish.”
PROVIDENCE HOSTED TRIP – 2 SPOTS LEFT
Six days of guided fly fishing on the rarely fished waters of Providence Atoll and it’s surrounding waters. The diversity of species anglers can expect to encounter what is unsurpassed in the saltwater world. Typical flats species encountered on a daily basis range from large bonefish, triggerfish, bumpyheaded parrotfish, indo-pacific permit to various speices of grouper and snapper just off of the flats. Bluewater fishing is an option also with sailfish frequenting the deeper water and of course one of the most dependable populations of trevally in the world. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHY: KAMI SWINGLE
Kami Swingle of Two Fisted Heart Productioins has worked with the biggest names in the fly fishing industry including Orvis, Smith, Sage, Buff, Simms and many more. This featured photographer piece is a collection of her photographs documenting travels to fresh and saltwater destinations including Guatemala, Mexico, Jurassic Lake and Colorado.
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