The Sporting Angler

Spey Casting: On encountering the two-hand fly rod

Filed in The Sporting Angler by on October 27, 2016 0 Comments
Spey Casting:  On encountering the two-hand fly rod

Spey casting is an art both ancient and new.  I learned a lot about it this last weekend and for those of you who find the term unfamiliar I’ll tell you about it sort of the way I learned. When I still lived in Southern California I took fly-casting lessons from the Long Beach Casting […]

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Fish Philadelphia

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry, The Sporting Angler by on February 17, 2016 0 Comments
Fish Philadelphia

Fish Philadelphia came to my attention during a period in my life when I was attempting to overcome a medium grade phobia about deep water.  I had always been a poor swimmer due to a natural tendency to sink like a stone so taking my delight in field sports as a entry to a ‘cure’ […]

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In Praise of Smallmouth Bass

Filed in The Sporting Angler by on February 9, 2016 0 Comments
In Praise of Smallmouth Bass

Whether it was the smallmouth bass or its largemouth cousin I’m not sure. But in 1881 Dr. James Henshall declared black bass “Inch for inch and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims”, and I can do nothing but utter a heartfelt, “Amen!”  If we in the cyber-shire were unabashed Anglophiles we would possibly discount this notion […]

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Arctic Char: The best that swims

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry, The Sporting Angler by on August 12, 2014 0 Comments
Arctic Char:  The best that swims

Arctic char are dear to my heart, or possibly to my stomach.  While millions champion the walleye for its delicate white flesh and mild flavor I was raised on the Pacific Coast and on saltwater fish.  Mild?  As far as I’m concerned walleye are nearly flavorless.  It’s a fish, damn it, it’s supposed to taste […]

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Fish Chowder, Improved

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry, The Sporting Angler by on June 1, 2014 0 Comments
Fish Chowder, Improved

Fish Chowder is the inland answer to New England’s and New York’s justifiably famous clam chowders.  And no, I’m not going to get drawn into some silly argument about which is better.  I like them both–New  England when it’s wet and gloomy outdoors and New York when I’m running around in shorts and an aloha […]

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