We released the new issue of This is Fly Magazine and would like to thank all of our contributors. Our contributors work hard to provide our readers with unique stories, photography, music and artwork creating a media rich platform.
This is Fly Magazine’s Issue 66 features Our Two Hands a film by Bloodknots. Asher Koles lets our readers know the bottom line, “No matter your perspective or your motivation, get educated. No need to be an expert, just start with the rivers you fish. Begin simply with the history of the watershed. Develop a baseline of healthy salmonid populations and start to follow the numbers through the years. See what’s worked and what hasn’t. Develop a conceptual foundation that is based on science, and is in the best interest of the entire ecosystem.”
Ryan Fries gets creative and explains why Tuesdays are the best day to fish. “When fishermen, hunters, kayakers, mountain bikers, whatever, fill up those empty rivers, lakes, and woods across the state space comes at a premium. Creativity and research are critical to avoid the pack. And along those lines, I’ve since changed my approach in an attempt to solve that dreaded weekend dilemma.“
Katka Svagrová goes on a Salmon Rescue and comes back with valuable info to share. “Unfortunately, the overall populations of wild salmon continue to decrease. Expected threats such as loss of habitat, climate change, and degradation of water quality, Atlantic salmon are one of the most aquacultured species in the world even though aquaculture represents one of the biggest problems for wild populations.” Contributing writer Jako Lucas shares his passion for The Bad Boyz or Gangsters of the Flats – the infamous Giant Trevally. It doesn’t matter how many of the different fish species you catch, there is always that “one” that can get your heart racing with sheer excitement and desire to have it on the line… and without a doubt, for me, that “one” is the notorious and ill tempered Giant Trevally.
First time contributor Aaron VanSchyndel writes about switching it up for steelhead. “I walk a few steps up river and let out my first cast. It’s not half bad, all things considered. A little more 90 than 45 degrees, but it’ll fish. I give it a slight mend and let the fly swing low and slow, contemplating my next D loop as I wait for it to hang. A few minutes pass and Dan has to remind me to keep stepping downstream. Indicator Habits Die Hard. Two casts from the tailout, as I’m admiring my latest anchor placement and thinking about my next cast, I feel it. The subtle but unmistakeable nipping of the fly as it swings across the run.
Mark Rauschenberger and photographer Chip Kalback deliver a knockout again with their latest collaboration Blood Oath. Mark writes, “Inside the mind of every fisherman lives an idea of the perfect place. For some, it might be a glassy flat where tailing bonefish glow beneath the warm, morning sun. For others, it might be an emerald ribbon of river hidden deep within the lush, coastal rainforests of the Pacific Northwest; a highway for steelhead on their perilous journey from the sea. I found my perfect place deep inside the central Rockies—a secluded river that runs cold from the winter’s snow.”
Grant Wiswell sits down with This is Fly Magazine to discuss Castaway Films project Atlanticus. Grant states, “The history of fly fishing for Tarpon in Florida is so rich. I love the stories of migrations, worms, daisy chains, and moonlit bridges. Iconic films have been shot in the Keys, and heroes continue to be born on these legendary flats. Even still, I wanted to wander off the proverbial path to discover what happens when these incredible fish leave the Gulf. Are Florida Tarpon the same species we find in Mexico, Central America, or Gabon? Is there mixing between oceanic- and river-dwelling Tarpon? Is there a transatlantic migration? The deeper I have delved into the mysteries of the Silver King, the more questions have surfaced.”
Our featured artist is Portland-based Clay Nowak who spends his workweek with an awesome crew at Roundhouse Agency in Portland, OR, working with clients like Redington, YETI and Leatherman. Our featured fly designer is Fly Fish Food, whose mantra has always been to just assist people with their own creativity, and that there aren’t absolute rules to fly tying. Lastly, our featured photographer Olivia Bernard has a love for the wildness of the West and especially for the mountains and rivers which is elegantly captured in her photography. Enjoy and thanks for your support!
FEATURE: OUR TWO HANDS
Asher Koles writes, “We fly fishers, both in and out of the industry, have a unique opportunity to both grow our industry and concurrently save wild fish. If you chose not to fish for summer steelhead in 2017 because of your personal potential impact on wild fish, I commend you. What I also hope is that you use your compassion, reverence, and education about the current state of your fishery to inform others. Make your argument. Get your community thinking about why you made the decision you did. Work with your local non-profits and use the free time you have out of your waders for good.”
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHY: OLIVIA BERNARD
I have a love for the wildness of the West and especially for the mountains and rivers. Coming from a state where the lake was only half an hour away I always appreciated the vastness and the expanse – but that was changed forever during my first visit to Montana. My eyes became as wide as the sky and I knew I had found “home”. My philosophy of life would be best described within dualities. I love nature’s seemingly random sequence, but a bit deeper is always a pattern. I love the risk of love, but the finality of fate.