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October 2020 - Volume 29 Number 1
One River
What it means to have a long-term relationship.
By Bill Barich
A Simple Dace Streamer
An old-school pattern that remains successful.
By Andrew Guibord
The Eastern Sierra in Autumn
The aspens are turning color and trout are on the bite.
By Peter Pumphrey
Fall Bass Fishing
Tips for tactics and tackle to take advantage of a season when bass are aggressively feeding before winter sets in.
By Chris Smith
Fishing the October Caddis: Insights and Techniques
How to fish a hatch of huge caddisflies that takes place on a number of California's trout streams.
By Jon Baiocchi
The West Fork of the San Gabriel
This SoCal stream has had its ups and downs, but it is still worth fishing.
By Jim Burns
Snapshot: The Klamath
A destination best known for it half-pounder" steelhead.
By Michael Malekos
A Song About Dry-Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is a casting sport, or at least once was.
By Jim Zech

Click here for Doug Lovell's
February 2010 Good Fight article

Click here for Drew Braugh's
March 2011 Good Fight article about the Fall River - page 1 / page 2

Hooking Up

I have a friend, a hard-core fly fisher, who likes to say, I love the idea of people. Its the individuals I have problems with. Not surprisingly, he prefers to fish alone. Having a similar tendency, I certainly empathize, although as the years pass, the friendships Ive made through fly fishing and also through this magazine have proven their value time and again.

These friendships, moreover, signify a perhaps profound aspect of our sport, which is that fly fishing revolves around connections. Beyond the link of affinity we share with other fly fishers, we connect quite literally with the fish we hook, and we connect as well with the environs these fish inhabit. Its hardly surprising, therefore, that many of us become advocates for these fish and the places where they live.

Less obviously, we also connect with the individuals who developed the rods and the lines and the flies and the tactics that we use. Their names are often unknown to us, but we hold in our hands and bring to the water their ideas made real. And the work of each of those individuals is based on the work of others prior, extending through decades, even centuries, so that when we flex a rod or tie a fly to our leader, we connect with multitudes.

Although its the me that fly fishing satisfies, its the we that enhances and helps ensure that satisfaction. No one truly fishes alone.

     Richard Anderson
     Publisher and Editor

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