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Birdman
06-20-2011, 12:19 PM
I'm just getting into fly fishing and would like to know what you all think is the best fly fishing magazine to help me learn about the sport? A very educational/informative one would be great. I just don't know where to start. I have Jim's book, Fly Fishing in the GSMNP, and a few of Ian and Charity's books, but thought a monthly magazine would be a good asset.

Thanks,

Birdman

lexfly
06-20-2011, 12:34 PM
Birdman,
I get a couple of magazines. American Angler and Eastern Fly Fishing. The first one has some how to stuff in it and the second is mostly about destinations. I don't know that either of them will teach you more than spending some time on the water :smile:

Birdman
06-20-2011, 01:10 PM
Understood. Nothing beats on the water experience. However, I do enjoy a good educational read as well. Thanks LexFly.

bhrt
06-20-2011, 01:34 PM
I like thisisfly.com

It's online, free and has some entertaining stories and amazing pictures.

Crockett
06-20-2011, 02:01 PM
Did you move away from Rogvegas Birdman? I wish I had a magazine to recommend to help you out but I don't. I think there is one called sleepinginthedirt and it may be an online magazine but only looked at it a time or two.

Knothead
06-20-2011, 02:31 PM
Flyfisherman Magazine has articles about fishing in many places- fresh and salt, how to, tying, conservation, issues, etc. It states it is the largest circulation of any fly fishing magazine. I have been getting it for about 5 years now. I'll be renewing it later this year.
www.flyfisherman.com (http://www.flyfisherman.com)

MadisonBoats
06-20-2011, 04:09 PM
I'm just getting into fly fishing and would like to know what you all think is the best fly fishing magazine to help me learn about the sport? A very educational/informative one would be great. I just don't know where to start. I have Jim's book, Fly Fishing in the GSMNP, and a few of Ian and Charity's books, but thought a monthly magazine would be a good asset.

Thanks,

Birdman

I have still yet to find any good ones...:rolleyes:

Birdman
06-20-2011, 04:25 PM
Did you move away from Rogvegas Birdman? I wish I had a magazine to recommend to help you out but I don't. I think there is one called sleepinginthedirt and it may be an online magazine but only looked at it a time or two.

I did move. One of the reasons I haven't been on in a while. I got bit by the trout bug and then had to move away from the greatest trout waters in the U.S. ....bummer! The Caney is my new home water, I guess, at least until they stop stocking trout in the tailwaters :frown: Went out on it last weekend and got hooked in the ear by another fisherman not paying attention. The river was so crowded it was like bumper boats! I have never seen anything like it.

Thanks for all the info on the magazines fellas. Keep 'em coming.

finandfeather
06-20-2011, 05:19 PM
Drake is the best I have found.

ahighlan
06-20-2011, 07:05 PM
I haven't found magazines to be very helpful as far as tactics and techniques. They tend to explore topics at a somewhat superficial level or rehash the same old things.

I've learned mostly by reading forums online, reading books, and listening to podcasts. The Itinerant Angler(my favorite), Ask Ask About Fly Fishing(host is meh, but has great guests on), and the Orvis one(Tom Rosenbauer) are good podcasts. All are on iTunes. It would take you several weeks, if not months, to listen to all the content available from these three.

Some good magazines to check out are The Drake and The Flyfish Journal. I also get Eastern Fly Fishing occasionally for local content. I think Fly Rod and Reel is the best of the more popular magazines. I've been wanting to get my hands on Gray's Sporting Journal, but I haven't been able to find it locally.

milligan trout degree
06-20-2011, 07:51 PM
The Drake hands down. It's not an instructional magazine but has great stories and a unique perspective on fly fishing. Not the uppity snob type vibes of most fly fishing magazines. Besides, there's only so much you can learn from reading a magazine over and over. I've read most of them and they seem to get very redundant.

Birdman
06-21-2011, 07:54 AM
I haven't found magazines to be very helpful as far as tactics and techniques. They tend to explore topics at a somewhat superficial level or rehash the same old things.

I've learned mostly by reading forums online, reading books, and listening to podcasts. The Itinerant Angler(my favorite), Ask Ask About Fly Fishing(host is meh, but has great guests on), and the Orvis one(Tom Rosenbauer) are good podcasts. All are on iTunes. It would take you several weeks, if not months, to listen to all the content available from these three.

Some good magazines to check out are The Drake and The Flyfish Journal. I also get Eastern Fly Fishing occasionally for local content. I think Fly Rod and Reel is the best of the more popular magazines. I've been wanting to get my hands on Gray's Sporting Journal, but I haven't been able to find it locally.

Thanks for the info on the podcasts. Seems to be a wealth of info there. I downloaded all you mentioned.

flyaddict
06-21-2011, 12:47 PM
Check out this site:

www.midcurrent.com (http://www.midcurrent.com)

They have some how good info and it is updated daily. Best of all it is free.

BlueRaiderFan
06-21-2011, 01:57 PM
Lots of free one's out there on the internet as some have mentioned. I prefer Eastern FF, The Drake and then FR&R after that. If you are just starting you should look at ChemAngler's Blog...lots of info there imo. Plateau Anglers blog is good too. Read through their older blog posts too. The best way to learn to fish is go with a really good guide like Mr. Hartsell, Rutter, etc. Those guys can take a couple of years off the learning curve. I wasted a lot of trips to the mountains trying to figure things out myself.

fearnofishbob
06-21-2011, 03:45 PM
Birdman, I've been fishing the Smokies for 50+ years and If you are coming to that area please drop me a line and I'd be tickled to spend a day with you. I fish the Smokies 2-3 time each week and would love to try to help.
You can reach me via a PM or email me at fearnofishbob@att.net..
I'd be delighted to help...

MadisonBoats
06-21-2011, 05:43 PM
Birdman, I've been fishing the Smokies for 50+ years and If you are coming to that area please drop me a line and I'd be tickled to spend a day with you. I fish the Smokies 2-3 time each week and would love to try to help.
You can reach me via a PM or email me at fearnofishbob@att.net..
I'd be delighted to help...

That is very nice of you fearnofishbob to be so kind and help someone pick up our passion! So, in return; I offer my time and boat to you on the Clinch River! Just give me a shout...

...... The best way to learn to fish is go with a really good guide like Mr. Hartsell, Rutter, etc. Those guys can take a couple of years off the learning curve..... .

I completely agree if you are looking to bring your techniques to a new level. I endorse Hugh Hartsell because of his kind approach to helping people learn, his great flies, and his fly fishing credentials on the water.

billyspey
06-21-2011, 09:25 PM
google on your pc

Birdman
06-21-2011, 09:40 PM
Birdman, I've been fishing the Smokies for 50+ years and If you are coming to that area please drop me a line and I'd be tickled to spend a day with you. I fish the Smokies 2-3 time each week and would love to try to help.
You can reach me via a PM or email me at fearnofishbob@att.net..
I'd be delighted to help...

Thanks so much fearnofishbob! I can't thank you enough for the offer. Next time I get back home I will definitely get in touch with you.

Birdman
06-21-2011, 09:44 PM
That is very nice of you fearnofishbob to be so kind and help someone pick up our passion! So, in return; I offer my time and boat to you on the Clinch River! Just give me a shout...



I completely agree if you are looking to bring your techniques to a new level. I endorse Hugh Hartsell because of his kind approach to helping people learn, his great flies, and his fly fishing credentials on the water.

Hat's off to you as well, MadisonBoats! Too bad I did't get into fly fishing when I had Mr. Hartsell in the next town over.