Back Issue Content: 2019

2019

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.

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

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.

ANDREW UCLES (FRONT), AND BRIAN GROSSENBACHER, ON THE SET IN MYANMAR. COURTESY HOT SNAKES MEDIA/ HISTORY CHANNEL

Facing the Beast with Brian Grossenbacher

If you've paid even the slightest attention to flyfishing media over the past two decades, then you've seen plenty of shots taken by Bozeman, Montana-based photographer Brian Grossenbacher. Whether shooting commercially for clients like Simms, Orvis, and Yeti, or editorially for this magazine and many others, Grossenbacher has made his name by being one of the most talented and dedicated professionals in the industry. But starting this spring, fans of BG will have the opportunity to watch him on the other side of the lens.

EMMA SANSOM, POINTING TO A CARP. GADSDEN, ALABAMA, SPRING 1863. PHOTO BY DAVID FRANCK

Statuary in the Southern Imagination

"What do we do with hundreds of Confederate monuments and related statuary across the United States? Americans face a challenge that might be called the mass curation of our public spaces, in light of contemporary sensibilities, yes, but just as important, in service of what has always been the truth." —Washington Post

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