Is there anything more annoying than someone “tooting their own horn?” Perhaps, but why write a magazine article if you don’t want others to share in the fun? The latest January/February issue of American Angler is hot off the press and contains my feature story titled “Close Encounters.” This piece came to fruition when details of my last post, the I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning outing spread via typical trout backchannels in June.
A few pics found their way to Driftless big trout junkie Len Harris, who in turn suggested to American Angler editors that we develop an article. In early conversations with the editors I was reminded that American Angler is largely “service journalism.” A resource where fly fishermen gain insight into new tactical approaches. I hadn’t considered my techniques to be particularly unorthodox, though I must confess to being an avid trout introvert, leaving me unwise in the ways of others tendencies. Over the last few years I have been developing a set of close quarters strategies that are adapted from my bass fishing playbook. Consider it sort of a Czech nymphing meets Alabama bassin’ approach. This article is my attempt to elaborate on those efforts. I don’t dive too deeply into tactics here on Adrift™ so it’s a far cry from my usual tomfoolery.
So get on out to your local fly shop, Gander Mountain, Piggly Wiggly or other newsstand to pick up a copy if the mood should strike you (or not, if you think I’m full of it). For those of you that do indulge, I hope you enjoy it and don’t hesitate to send comments my way.