Fishing

Angling for Art

By Heather RichieThe Sporting SouthApril 21, 2015

You’ve likely seen nineteenth-century sporting artist Samuel Kilbourne’s work, even if you’ve never heard of him. Leaping Brook Trout graced the cover of the Orvis catalog for nearly twenty years, and still conjures the iconic brand.

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Advice From a Master Angler

By CJ LotzThe Sporting SouthApril 7, 2015

After more than seven decades, most of them spent with a rod in his hand, Charles Gaines has learned the most difficult fishing lesson of them all—to slow down and enjoy it. The Birmingham, Alabama-based author’s latest book, Waters Far and Near: Tales of Angling Misadventure Around the World, is available today. Here, he shares more wisdom—about bonefishing in Cuba, Florida’s Forgotten Coast, and life on and off the water.

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Casting Against Cancer

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthOctober 16, 2014

What do fly-fishing and breast cancer have to do with one another? For Dr. Benita Walton, a breast reconstructive surgeon and avid angler, the rhythmic overhand motion of casting seemed similar to the exercises she was prescribing patients after surgery and radiation. As she pondered the connection, she realized that, combined with the meditative nature of the sport, a weekend spent on the water alongside other women experiencing similar physical and emotional challenges related to breast cancer might offer better medicine than any script she could write.

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Coming Together in the Name of Bonefish and Tarpon

By Monte BurkeThe Sporting SouthMarch 13, 2014

On a rain-swept evening in Manhattan, at one of those Upper East Side private clubs that prefers to remain unnamed, a host of fly-fishing luminaries came together to celebrate one of their own and help raise much-needed funds for the conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit, the three most important fish (both economically and as beguiling targets for recreational anglers) that haunt saltwater flats from Florida to the Bahamas to the far-flung Seychelles Islands.

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