The sad reality in this neck of the woods is that local fly fishing is severely compromised at this time of year. In some cases the season for legal fishing has closed or is close to being so. Even where it remains open, cold and ice are a major deterrent. While steelhead are a possibility treks to the closest rivers are not insignificant so don’t happen as often as they might.
The net result is that we have moved into a season where dreaming/planning and fly tying have become the most significant aspects of my fly fishing activity.
Blogs provide a great source of vicarious fishing sustenance but the other growing digital media that interests me is electronic magazines. Depending on your perspective you might not share my enthusiasm but from where I sit, they are definitely welcome – particularly during the hard water season.
I thought I would list some of the fishing e-zines that I have come across. The list seems to be growing every day so I am sure there are some great ones that I haven’t come across.
Catch Magazine – Because I like both fly fishing and photography, this is a favorite e-zine of mine. Superior quality pictures and embedded video are the focus.
This Is Fly – One of the pioneers in the fly fishing e-zine world, this one probably caters first to a younger crowd but don’t hesitate to check it out even if you don’t think you fit that category.
Ten and Two – The Angler’s Journey – This magazine focuses on both fishing and the local culture. The issue on fishing in Argentina had me hooked.
Streamside Canada – Local bias here but if you are looking for stories about Canadian fly fishing destinations, check this one out.
Rise Forms – A new arrival, this online magazine focuses on the literature surrounding fly fishing. Poetry, fiction, artwork its all there.
Flyfishers Inc. – This one focuses primarily but not exclusively on New Zealand fly fishing – not a bad focus at all in my opinion!
Contemporary Sportsman – This one covers fly fishing as well as hunting sports. The publisher is launching a new e-zine soon. Called Backcast, it will focus on salt water fly fishing.
Several print magazines are introducing digital versions of their magazines to better serve their subscribers. Among these are the following:
Fly Tyer Magazine – You can now subscribe to a digital version of this must have magazine for fly tyers.
Northwest Fly Fishing, Southeast Fly Fishing and Eastern Fly Fishing – This family of fly fishing magazines provides digital copies of back issues of the news stand magazines.
The Flyfish Journal – This is a relatively new print magazine. The first two issues have had some great articles. If your preference is digital, you can subscribe and have access to an electronic version.
I am pretty sure I have just scratched the surface of what is currently out there as far as digital fly fishing magazines are concerned. And, no doubt more will emerge.
This collection will keep me going for a while but if you have others that you enjoy, share them.