Seasons of the Sunfish
April 6, 2012
By Dave & Emily Whitlock
I’d like you to consider three questions: What is the first fish most of us catch on a fly? What is the most widely distributed and plentiful fish to catch on a fly? What fish is the most fun to catch on a fly? If your answer to any of these questions is bluegill, I agree with you 100 percent. Read more…
Published in Fly Fisherman Magazine · flyfisherman.com
The Four Seasons River
By Dave Whitlock
Field and Stream – May 1968 (Dave’s very first article)
While most trout streams that lie further north offer mainly ice-clogged impossibilities, Arkansas’ White River has top fishing. The river, hills and sky reflected late-autumn gold as I began to false-cast my second offering to the big fish holding there in midstream. He’d had two close looks at the size 14 Irresistible before losing interest. Now, as the brown Jassid settled lightly on the riffle and drifted close to his lie, it seemed as if he might refuse it too. But the last few inches of float were more than he could resist. Up moved the long green shadow, deliberately and gracefully and the Jassid disappeared in a swirl that barely disturbed the surface. I quickly raised my rod, hoping I would not snap the 5X tippet against his moving weight. Read more…
Tsmiane Gold by Dave & Emily Whitlock · Spring 2010 · Fly Fisherman Magazine
Exploring Bolivia’s clear and exotic jungle rivers.
Long ropes of purple flowering jungle vines hung from the limbs of a 200-foot tree and down the face of the smooth rose, yellow, and rusty-red sandstone bluff. The turquiose eddy rotating against the bluff was flecked with white foam collected from the rapids and riffles above. Only ten minutes before, Emily had landed a platinum-gold, 20-pound dorado and she was still glowing from her success.