July/August 2017 | Taking Pictures Sportsman Journal

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The small trio hand’t been on the water two seconds earlier than it disappeared in a refined slurp. I lifted the rod tip and felt the satisfying tug of one thing with substance. “Fish on!” I yelled to my guides and boat mates, Kyle Waggoner and Jeff Judkins. Each cheered encouragement as I fought and ultimately launched the hefty 17-inch rainbow.
It was mid-September final 12 months, and we have been profiting from a stellar Wyoming day to float the Bighorn River close to Thermopolis. Waggoner is the proprietor of the newly opened Lander Fly Store, in Lander, and Wind River Wingshooting, and I used to be having fun with a solid & blast journey for brown and rainbow trout in addition to sage and ruffed grouse (see “Excessive-Peaks Pa’tridge,” March/April).
I point out this for 2 causes. One is that it performs to what I wrote about in January/February: the significance of getting the total expertise whenever you journey. For me, there are few higher methods to spherical out a searching journey than to pattern the native fishing. I’ve carried out this in locations like Quebec, Colorado and Patagonia, and every time I’ve come away with a extra full reference to my environment.
The opposite cause is that this challenge of Taking pictures Sportsman goes to subscribers of our sister publication Fly Rod & Reel. In our years of publishing each magazines, we’ve seen a big crossover between the 2 readerships. (Merely put: Loads of fly fishermen appear to take pleasure in wingshooting, and quite a lot of chicken hunters like wetting traces.) So when FR&R not too long ago folded after practically 40 years, it made sense to ship its readers SSM.
Wingshooters and fly fishers certainly have quite a bit in widespread. From a style for journey to issues for sources and the setting, each teams click on on a number of ranges. And what higher method than a chicken hunt to acquire tying supplies?
Hopefully FR&R’s readers will discover sufficient widespread floor—or water—to stay with us.
Should you’re nonetheless contemplating a visit for this season, don’t neglect our Readers & Writers Adventures. Yr upon 12 months these gatherings earn rave critiques for not solely the searching provided but in addition the camaraderie loved. Our Firesteel Creek journey is bought out, however there stay openings on two nice Georgia quail hunts: at Rio Piedra Plantation in November and Pine Hill Plantation in February. For extra data, contact Thierry Bombeke

(207-594-9544) or go to Shootingsportsman.com

Ralph P. Stuart
[email protected]

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