Baitfish Wars: The Ongoing Fight Over
Menhaden Management... Read More

Like in an episode of "Deadliest Catch," the winds are shifting and tempers are flaring in the menhaden management crisis. Fans of “reality” television are undoubtedly familiar with Deadliest Catch, a program that chronicles the trials and triumphs of anglers who brave the frigid temperatures and unpredictability of the Bering Sea in pursuit of the deadliest catch, the Alaskan king crab. Indeed, commercial angling is not for the faint of heart: it is considered one of the most dangerous professions, in the practice of which anglers get little sleep, work long hours, often perform arduous and dangerous manual labor, and brave the elements on a daily basis.

Whose River Is It?...Read More

Tom Brown, fishing manager for the Orvis store in Roanoke, introduced me to the Jackson River. I’d been fishing the river intently just below the Gathright Dam and working my way downstream when Tom brought me up short. “We have to stop now, Beau. From here down to Johnson Springs is private property and there are cameras in the trees to spot errant anglers.” Naturally I thought he was joking, but he pointed to a very intimidating posting as proof. The sign left little doubt that we were not welcome beyond where we stood.

Where Have All the Menhadden Gone?... Read More

“What are you guys down there doing about the menhaden situation?” Jindal asked anxiously. “Virginia really isn’t all that popular with us right now because the menhaden population is really off. Most folks know that Virginia still allows commercial fishing of menhaden in state waters for purposes other than bait. You guys don’t seem too interested in doing anything about it. What gives?” For a moment I just looked out over the water and thought about his question, which was really an indictment. And then I explained to him where Virginia’s menhaden stand right now. It’s not a pretty picture.
This article appears courtesy of Fly Fish America Magazine

Advanced Tactics for Farm Ponds ...Read More

Seems like I spent my childhood fishing in freshwater ponds and small impoundments around my home—and I still love a good farm pond when I get the chance to fish one. Over the years, I’ve picked a few tricks to fishing such ponds, and I’ve learned a lot from my own mistakes. Here are a few tips that I hope will help to make your next pond fishing experience more enjoyable.

Hot Dogs ...Read More

When my friend and international fly fishing guide Harry Robertson told me that he was going to Alaska to catch chum salmon, I thought he was pulling my leg. “I’ll admit that I don’t know much about salmon, Harry,” I snorted in derision, “but aren’t chums called ‘dog’ salmon because the Alaskan natives fed them to their sled dogs?”

Canadian Pike ...Read More

If you’re like me, you’re probably under the impression that Canada is famous primarily for hockey, Molson, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As a child I remember watching dapper cartoon character Dudley Do-Right, the hapless Canadian Mountie, rescue the fair Nell Fenwick (again and again) from the clutches of dastardly Snidely Whiplash, the mustachioed villain. I would often wonder what the real Canadian backwoods looked like, and last fall I got my chance to see it and fish it firsthand.

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Here are some links to articles that I’ve written that have been published in magazines such as Virginia Living, Eastern Fly Fishing, and Virginia Sportsman magazines.