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Hard-fighting, the Yellowtail is part of the Amberjack family. Known for their amazing table fair, they are excellent as sashimi as well as grilled. There are a couple different subspecies of Yellowtail, this one being the Southern locality found off the coasts of Australia.
One of the most iconic gamefish in North America is undoubtedly the walleye. Revered for its table quality, walleye have a huge following wherever they swim. Whether it’s on the hard water thru the ice, or fishing wind swept points and gravel bars, walleye are a primary target year round.
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have fished walleye in some very remote areas without any fishing pressure. On these trips, they were not at all picky and you can almost catch them at will.
One such trip, I was guiding two guests on a fly out camping trip to a remote region, south of Great Bear Lake, NWT. The area that we camped was where the Johnny Hoe River meets up with a small lake. In the river, walleye were stacked and all in the 20-26″ range. After an incredible week, we found ourselves on our last day, fishing close to camp and wanting to get at least one more hour of fishing in before the plane arrived to pick us up. We were in a sandy, shallow delta and we could see the walleye. I challenged them to catch 100 walleye in an hour, at midday, in sweltering heat, without a cloud in the sky. They did it, catching 100 walleye in just under an hour, I think we had two minutes to spare.
For those who have encountered a big musky or pike, you’ll know how ferocious they can be. With a mouthful of daggers, they are every fish’s worst nightmare. Fishing for these lurking beasts can be one of the most thrilling species and also the most frustrating. Although they’re known for their aggression and appetite, they can also be exceptionally wary following your presentation, seemingly analyzing and testing it.
Like them or not, musky are the thing of legend and I wanted to do a piece that encapsulated that attitude with graphite pencil.
A big brown trout is a wary adversary in its home waters. They know every rock and current seam in their section of the stream and fooling one can prove to be utterly frustrating. Their mood changes by the minute and can go from chasing other trout to delicately sipping tiny midges or mayflies within only a few minutes. But with stealth, patience, and time spent learning their habits, you can fool the wary resident brown and be a worthy contestant to the brown’s game. It is the challenge of catching brown trout in their home waters that keeps me going back. They provide the highest highs and the lowest lows.
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