Winter 2016 Contents

Drake 2016 Winter Issue

    Departments

  • Page Six Chix
    Winter means women in hats; plus chum, rainbows, and warmth in numbers on the San Juan.
  • Put-in
    Dirtbag Diplomacy.
  • Rises
    A Clyde fan, a Beavs fan, a Trask fan, and a Trump fan. Or not.
  • Scuddlebutt
    Rehydrating Washington’s Yakima Basin; Michigan’s Dowagiac River revival; Spain’s ultra-spendy salmon; Clyde brings disco to Wisco; a permit-fishing legend; and why Chris Dombrowski chooses reading over Ritalin.
  • Tailwater Weekend
    Yearning for snowshoes on NY’s Salmon River.
    By Stephen Zakur
  • Tippets
    Musky mutterings, snook redemption, South Fork city slicker, and nothing says holidays like Chouinard’s sucker cakes.
  • Redspread
    Fishing the Vanishing.
    By Ron Begnaud
  • Passport
    Aitutaki’s large lineage.
    By Stephen Vletes
  • Bugs
    Where good flies go to die.
    By Michael Wright
  • City Limits
    Boston Habah.
  • Rodholders
    Gray Struznik; Son of Forks, WA.
  • Backcountry
    Nonstop New Mexico.
    By Anna Ortega Photos by Ben Kraushaar
  • Permit Page
    C1 Films.
GUIDE RAFAEL COSTA, HOLDING THE HEAD OF AN EIGHT-FOOT ARAPAIMA.

12-weight rods, 12-foot crocs, and a 320-pound(ish) fish.

I woke to the sound of slaughter. Several times a night this happened. The noise was caused by a pair of prehistoric animals hunting beneath my bed at Brazil's Uakari Lodge, a floating eco-resort nestled along a protected stretch of the Amazon River, about 400 miles west of Manaus. Guests are advised to sleep with earplugs due to the nighttime feeding habits of the black caiman, an ill-tempered croc reaching lengths of 15 feet; and the arapaima, an armor-plated tank of a fish growing to 400 pounds. When either of these jungle thugs finds a meal on or near the surface, then a loud, violent attack happens. And it can happen five feet from your pillow.

A FRACTION OF THE YAK'S 215 MILES. THINK THERE ARE ANY HOPPERS ALONG THOSE BANKS?

The promise of a plan in the Yakima Basin

WHEN IT'S TOO HOT TO FISH, Yakima River guide Nate Rowley snorkels his favorite trout water. He's been snorkeling a lot lately. On a scorching August afternoon at a coffee shop in downtown Cle Elum, Washington, he reports his findings from a stretch of the Teanaway River, one of the Yakima's more significant tributaries, protected in 2013 by the state's unprecedented purchase of 50,000 acres of forest surrounding the river.

ROD RACK > CAR.

A summer of musky-country pimpin'

AFTER GETTING WORD that I'd be next in line for the continuing Ride with Clyde saga, my fishing and social life took on a strange, A-list vibe. Clyde is a rock-star rig, and I suddenly became a kind of social agent for this over-forty hunk of Detroit steel.

GRAY STRUZNIK, IN HIS ELEMENT ON WASHINGTON'S OLYMPIC PENINSULA.

Son of Forks, Washington

IT'S NOT DIFFICULT to imagine the tiny community of Forks, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula, kindling the kind of small-town restlessness that prompts its sons and daughters to move elsewhere. But Gray Struznik, born into this land of tall trees and deep puddles, was never struck by that desire to bounce. Instead, he stayed and fished and sourced inspiration from the backyard grandeur that's often lost on those who can't see past the three stoplights on main street.

STRIPERS AND SKYLINES.

Wicked historic, with good fishing

GLASS AND RUSTED METAL on the beach. The deafening sound of planes landing. And a steady striped-bass bite. The mussel beds and grungy shores of Boston Harbor may not be pristine, but they reliably produce fish—stripers, bluefish, carp, even the rare bluefin. When I tell people I fish here, they scoff, laugh, or plain don't believe me. And I can't even blame them, really, because the place is still pretty rough around the edges.

Ignore the tails, and keep on filming

IN MARCH OF 2016, C1 films released a permit movie called t. Falcatus Ch. 1: Day of Days. The film opens with Nathaniel Linville, owner of The Angling Company fly shop in Key West, giving viewers advice: "I recommend anyone who's watching this, turn the volume down; I got nothing interesting to say."

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