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Tails of the South Pacific: Part 2

Tails of the South Pacific: Part 2
Bonefish on a Rangiroa flat.

By: Rick Crawford

Tails of the South Pacific: Part 1 left off with my wife and I leaving the beautiful island of Moorea and taking the ferry back to Tahiti.  While there were no “tails” in Part 1, Rangiroa is an entirely different story.  They have plenty of exotic species and monster bonefish, so come along and escape to Rangiroa in “Tails of the South Pacific: Part 2”

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Tails of the South Pacific: Part 1

Tails of the South Pacific: Part 1
Cook's Bay

By: Rick Crawford

“The South Pacific…The Isles of Enchantment.”  At least that’s what the poster said that I found while browsing in a store as a college freshmen.  I was looking for posters to cover my walls when I found a vintage travel poster of the South Pacific, and that poster has hung on my wall for sixteen years, which can be seen below:

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People We Meet: A Story of a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream

People We Meet: A Story of a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream
Au Sable River

By: Kyler Gartner

There is perhaps no other activity in my life that has brought me closer to people and to the natural world than fly fishing. In that pursuit I have bonded with people I might have never crossed paths with. People whose uniqueness and greatness I might have never seen or been affected by, and moments framed with sounds, smells, and sensations that often heighten one’s self awareness and consciousness.

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Exploring the Everglades

Exploring the Everglades
Entering the backcountry of Everglades National Park

In late February 2016 a friend of mine, Brent Watts, and I headed to Everglades National Park to fish and camp for a few days in hopes of finding some early season tarpon.  It was our first time in the Park and we really didn’t know what to expect.  Having only seen pictures and some videos, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what to expect, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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Wyoming Cutt Slam

Wyoming Cutt Slam
Snake River cutthroat from Grey's River.

In the 2011 summer, my fishing buddy,Benjy Duke, and I were working as Aquatic Invasive Species Technician’s for Wyoming Game and Fish in Jackson, WY.  While working there we heard about the Wyoming Cutt Slam, which is “designed to encourage anglers to learn more about Wyoming’s cutthroat sub-species.”

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Buffett, Bonefish and Boat Drinks!

Buffett, Bonefish and Boat Drinks!
Bonefish on!

My wife and I headed down to Exumas, Bahamas in January of 2016 for a little rest and relaxation, which was also a wonderful time to escape the cold in Charleston, SC for a few days.  We stayed at Staniel Cay Yacht Club and couldn’t have picked a better place to spend a few days relaxing and exploring the other nearby Cays.  Staniel Cay is also one of Jimmy Buffett‘s 10 Best Bars of the Caribbean for those of you out there that like to marry fly fishing and a good cocktail!  Hope you enjoy these excerpts from my journal….

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Searching for Permit in Belize

Searching for Permit in Belize
Searching for Permit. Photo Credit: Drebitko Photography

Rick Crawford

My wife and I took a trip to Belize and stayed at Thatch Caye Resort in May of 2015.  It was absolutely beautiful and I lined up a guide with Blue Horizon Fly Fishing to fish for permit while we were there.  Below are some images and excerpts from my journal….

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Lessons Learned: A Montana Fly Fishing Adventure

By: Rick Crawford

In September 2011 my fishing buddy, Benjy Duke, and I headed to Montana for a week-long fly fishing adventure.  We were living in Jackson, WY at the time and had spent the summer working for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department as Aquatic Invasive Species Technician’s.  We spent an entire summer parked on the side of the road next to Flat Creek in the National Elk Refuge inspecting boats for aquatic hitchhikers to protect our waters.  Needless to say we had hours of downtime, so we spent the summer of 2011 planning our trip to Montana.  We had both fished Montana, but neither of us had spent more than a couple of days there.  This trip was going to be my epic send-off before I took a job back in Savannah, GA pursuing a career in sustainability working in a bio diesel manufacturing plant.

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