Fishing Issue

Fishing Sea to Shining Sea

The Complete Guide to Fishing Eight American Cities

Fishing is a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing it's not is easily defined. Excluded from the latest definition, whose authors subscribed a little too obsessively to A River Runs Through It, is "ugly" fishing: the lines dropped from rocky piers, the lures twanged off bridge abutments, picking through the empty parking lot out behind Sears to get to the water. Modernity hasn't left fisherman many beautiful spots, but damn if that's gonna stop us. These eight cities prove that you can get away within the city limits, and that some of the best fishing in the country doesn't depend on a distant locale.

Dressing Like the Macleans

A Style Guide to A River Runs Through It

While watching A River Runs Through It to inspire ourselves for this issue we couldn't help but also take stock in its unforgettable style (and Oscar winning cinematography). Oxfords, waistcoats, felt, and not a single pair of shorts in sight. What proceeds are 28 modern interpretations of a squarely 1920s look -- a handsome one at that. Wade in and who knows, maybe you'll catch a few items of your own.

Lure Lore

The Art of the Fishing Lure

Fishermen have long known that fish are often smarter than they. But the rest of us probably haven't given the lures used to catch these clever, wary creatures their due. In fact, the best lures are really works of inventiveness, science, utility and even art.

Gators, fanboats and fishin'

Photo Essay: Fishing the Everglades by Fanboat

GP contributor Isaac Zapata set out by airboat in the Everglades and neighboring Big Cypress National Reserve to capture a glimpse of the incredibly rich ecosystem -- and a few fish.

Same fish, different methods

Rods and Reels for Any Kind of Fishing

Before getting on the water, you need the right gear for your fishing goals. We've got you covered with affordable, mid-priced and dream setups for fly fishing, surf casting, spinning and baitcasting.

A Fly Fishing Legend

30 Minutes With: Lefty Kreh

From the Archives: Lefty Kreh is one hell of a fisherman. He's lots of other things, too: retired outdoor editor of the Baltimore Sun, accomplished photographer, prolific author, father and grandfather, teller of stories, entertainer, absolute legend as a fly caster. It seems, though, that all of these things orbit around the first one. We sat down with him to hear about his 32nd book, common casting mistakes, how he was introduced to the sport, and much, much more.

Where family hordes are far away

10 Forgotten National Parks

10 destinations for untouched landscapes without the crowds or bustle of Yellowstone -- you know, the stuff you were looking for in the first place.

Yes, we still do eat sardines for dinner

Perfect Tins: Sardines for the Pantry

Sardines are a near-perfect food. So what if they smell a little funky. Here are our five favorites right now.

Adrenaline in an Armchair Setting

Attainable Adventures to Start Planning Today

The strenuous five-day hike on the Appalachian Trail that swallowed half of your vacation days didn’t feel like a vacation. Neither did the team building company rafting trip where you almost drowned. We like to carpe the diem as much as the next guy, but it's okay to actually relax once in a while. This doesn't have to mean standing in the buffet line on a Disney Cruise Line ship, but it does meaning choosing an adventure that combines immersion in the natural world with a little bit of everyman recreation. These three destinations are a good place to start.

Fast water, big trout

Kit: Fly Fishing the Rockies

Destination fly fishing for trout in the high country of Colorado is a little different than going for sunnies in the local pond. Your gear needs to be quite a bit more specialized and reliable; you need a way to get it all from the flatlands to the high country. We planned to fish mostly from a drift boat -- a specialized boat designed to navigate shallow rivers. But we were going to be wading, too. And in mountain rivers, which are bigger, faster and colder than rivers in the Midwest, wading takes on a new meaning -- and so does proper gear. Of course, we still had to catch the fish.

Go Fish

Rewind: Fly Fishing

At some point during the 96-degree summer workweek we’ve all dreamed of escaping the city and getting lost in some beautiful scenery. If you’re looking for a new hobby (or already addicted), perfecting your fly fishing cast on the river is the perfect excuse. You might even catch something. To make sure you get A...