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Old 01-02-2011, 04:04 PM
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Default What is your favorite magazine?

Ok, so now that you have opened this, I do not mean Hustler or Playboy or anything of the like...

My wife wants to buy me a subscription of a fly fishing and/or fly tying magazine. Which one do you guys think is the best?

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Old 01-02-2011, 04:09 PM
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The one that I'm always excited to see come is "Fly Tyer". It does however only come quarterly, winter, spring, summer, fall editions.
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If your into 'Ah hell, it's only money' for a subscription "Northwest Fly Fishing" is a pretty darned good read. Extreamly 'high-end' paper/graphics/photo's/etc. This thing can't be cheap to print, many of the 'Authors' are names you'd know immediately .. but the single issue price of $7.00 reflects that.

But given you opened the question, my fav monthly read is "Consumer Reports."

Bit of an 'Oxymoron,' but the first is trying to get me to spend money, the second to save money.
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Default Re: What is your favorite magazine?

I would strongly recommend books that are research based studies of fish and aquatic environment type content. There is much to learn from such books and after I say a few words I'll list a few titles for you. A quick search on Amazon will reveal authors and pricing.

Magazines; You'll not rush for this one perhaps but Scientific American has always been a favorite with me. Fly fishing magazines have become an almost continuous Gear Reviews and marketing tool compared to the introduction of the original Fly Fisherman magazine in the mid 70's. Yes they always had ads from tackle companies but no where on the scale of today.

Books: Below are titles and links to the book and details about them.

'Trout' by Judith Stolz: (Editor)
Amazon.com: Trout (Wildlife Series) (9780811716529): Judith Stolz: Books Amazon.com: Trout (Wildlife Series) (9780811716529): Judith Stolz: Books

'What Fish See' by Colin Kageyama:
Amazon.com: What Fish See: Understanding Optics and Color Shifts for Designing Lures and Flies (9781571881403): Colin J. Kageyama: Books Amazon.com: What Fish See: Understanding Optics and Color Shifts for Designing Lures and Flies (9781571881403): Colin J. Kageyama: Books

Through The Fishes Eye by Clark & Sosin:
Amazon.com: Through the Fish's Eye: An Angler's Guide to Gamefish Behavior: Mark & Clark, John Sosin, B/W  Illus: Books Amazon.com: Through the Fish's Eye: An Angler's Guide to Gamefish Behavior: Mark & Clark, John Sosin, B/W Illus: Books

These are good foundation reading for those who wish to not only understand trout but as an aid in planning approach, presentation, and choice of flies and colors based on water conditions. I have found little to be gained by reading stories about someones success and seeing the pictures of far away places. However I have found that by tailoring my education to focus on my hobby I have became a good enough fisherman that the articles fail to impress me any longer. And I don't miss the advertisements a bit.

I hope you find that this approach makes sense form the prospective of a fisherman,

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Totally agree with the choice of "Scientific American;'' Like an old copy of National Geographic, you can open to any page .. and actually learn something.

That IS a GOOD THING.

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Default Re: What is your favorite magazine?

I subscribe to one national (The Drake), and one regional (California Fly Fisher) magazine. In your neck of the woods there is a similar pub called Midwest Fly Fishing, I have a few issues and find it very informative and helpful. These regional rags may not have the slickest photos, but the content is good. milt.
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Default Re: What is your favorite magazine?

im a fan of all fly fishing related magazines but my favorite are "The Drake" and "Fly Rod & Reel"
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Fly Tyer is one of my favorites...Not sure what's going on with Midwest Fly Fishing...

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Default Re: What is your favorite magazine?

I am going to have to go with something free. Blood Knot seems to be popular! The newest "Blogger Issue" was just released. Might see some of your favorite bloggers in there. If not, tell me which ones you want to see next time.

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Default Re: What is your favorite magazine?

Rory- Blood Knot is great, but my personal favorite right now is Catch Magazine! I suspect that will change, because I going to purchase a subscription to California Fly Fisher which is most relevant for me.
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