spring 2019 issue cover

Running Off.
The Drake.
Spring '19.

Quebec brookies, Florida tarpon, Nebraska bass, Louisiana redfish, Anthony Bourdain, Arkansas streamer-love, Wyoming’s North Platte, North Texas carp legend, Turkish brown trout, raising a flyfisher, panfish and family, backcountry Alaska, flyfishing Cleveland, palolo worm hatch, frogs, fishing in the rain, and... runoff is coming

Sun Sun

"Journey of the Silver King" follows Megalops Atlanticus on his poon-y quest for sex, grub and a seat at the throne. With the help of Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, his Keys Kingdom is looking prime for an on-time royal welcome. 

Chica de Mayo has proven to be a massively successful women's flyfishing fiesta. And, if you're anywhere near Bozeman on Saturday, May 11, be sure to drop by The River's Edge West and SIMMS Fishing Products to see what's new. "This year, we're expanding our educational offerings and also hosting an event kick off social/trunk show Friday evening," says event coordinator, Sarah Clark.

The John D. Voelker Foundation and the American Museum of Fly Fishing are now accepting submissions for the 2019 Robert Traver Flyfishing Writing Award. The author of the winning essay will pocket $2,500. (Enough beer money to see you through run off. Maybe.)

A PERFECT LITTLE FUN-SIZED TARPON. PHOTO BY AUSTIN COIT
A PERFECT LITTLE FUN-SIZED TARPON. PHOTO BY AUSTIN COIT

Mystique, mayhem, and the palolo worm hatch

Late May, Florida Keys. Four in the afternoon. Skiffs buzz back to docks with tired guides and sun-drunk clients. Thoughts of missed shots and cold beer. A dying easterly rustles palm fronds; thunderheads lurk like massive silver anvils. Oceanside, brown bonefish flats sport crisscrossing prop scars. Between the flats flow deep, aquamarine channels.

BREWED FOR THOSE WHO SHOW US THE WAY.
BREWED FOR THOSE WHO SHOW US THE WAY.

A lager for good times and good causes

On a recent redfishing trip to Louisiana, I was introduced to SweetWater Brewing Company's newest offering, Guide Beer, which officially launches to the public in May. On our way out of Atlanta, I'd managed to score a six-pack of a promotional run from my friend Andy Bowen, who runs Cohutta Fishing Company, with fly shops in Cartersville and Blue Ridge, Georgia. His Cartersville shop is also home to the Last Cast Bar, where he's been exclusively serving six varieties of SweetWater since October of 2017. In fact, Andy was among a select group that the Atlanta-based beer maker consulted when Guide Beer was in development, and he may deserve a little credit for coaxing the brewmasters toward a boat beer that "you could drink all day if you needed to." A lager with four percent alcohol, Guide Beer answers that call.

A TYPICAL JUNE MORNING ON A TYPICAL NEBRASKA I-80 LARGEMOUTH POND. PHOTO BY TOM BIE
A TYPICAL JUNE MORNING ON A TYPICAL NEBRASKA I-80 LARGEMOUTH POND. PHOTO BY TOM BIE

Sowbellies and baseball in the Cornhusker State

Dawn comes early to southern Nebraska on the 16th of June. Nautical twilight, second of the earth's three twilight phases, begins before 5 a.m. in Kearney, a town of some 30,000 sitting just off I-80 about three hours west of Omaha. I stopped in Kearney last summer on my way to the College World Series (CWS), and though sunrise was still an hour away, temps were already inching toward 70 and the largemouth were hitting poppers on Kea Lake—conveniently wedged between the freeway and a Best Western with a poachable breakfast bar. After landing a couple fat 15-inchers from the shoreline lily pads, I threw my float-tube back in the truck, helped myself to some hotel waffles, and headed on down the highway.