You’ve landed here for a reason. You love to fish and you like all that comes along with that affliction — road trips and tunes; drinks at dive bars; 20-ounce ribeyes at places called The Oasis or The Western; small town shenanigans; waves and weather, sometimes in less than desirable proportions; and all else that makes fishing such an adventuresome life.
Welcome to the redesign of Angler’s Tonic where, like always, you take a seat in the bow and we pull the oars. So let’s shove off. Need anything from the cooler?
From left to right Orvis Chairman Dave Perkins – Camp Bonaventure and Salmon Lodge General manager Junior St-Onge – Camp Bonaventure & Salmon Lodge Owner Glenn LeGrand – Orvis director of Eastern Endorsed lodges Scott McEnaney.
If you are thinking about fishing Atlantic salmon this summer or early fall—and, by the way, you should be thinking about fishing Atlantic salmon this summer or fall—you would be doing yourself a favor to visit the Web sites of Salmon Lodge on the Cascapedia, and Bonaventure Lodge.
Bonaventure Lodge, in particular, has been on my mind lately. That’s because I was able to sit down for lunch with Glenn LeGrand and Junior St-Onge, Continue reading →
Take 2:17 away from your work and listen to this one. I think you’ll like it. And you may want to go out and buy more of these guys, the Pogues, one of my favorite bands. Where do the Pogues rank on your musical hit-list?
Saw these signs in Manhattan, NYC and thought they would give you guys a laugh. I was there last month to meet with people from Canada to figure out what trips might be appealing and most beneficial for them and me in 2013. So I walked all over the place with a bud of mine, taking in the sights and sounds and shooting pics of all that we considered interesting. My friend ate so many dumplings in China Town he was forced to say, “Thomas, I’m never eating bread again in my life.” When we walked past a house of sourdough he almost died. Click on the images for larger versions.
Thought all of you might like to see the damage I did on bass over the weekend. The result of the only strike I got in the three hours I fished. Didn’t see any bass in the shallows, nor any beds that would indicate they are starting in on the spawn—although that has to happen soon. Maybe I was just in a non-spawning area. I’m not an expert on warmwater; I just get out there and huck the big uglies like everyone else. Continue reading →
Many of you know that my father, Fred Thomas, is one of the country’s best wildlife artists and I thought I would share his work with you from time to time. Fred is willing to offer a discount to AT readers on specific Artist Proof prints. This week, with an eye toward tarpon season being here, he’s offering this beautiful print, titled Silver Mine, at a discount price of Continue reading →
Ok, I get to post a bunch of my grip and grin images on the site, and I did so just a week or so ago when I placed an image of an insanely big rainbow trout, hoisted by yours truly, on the Angler’s Tonic homepage.
I caught that fish on some private lakes in eastern Washington that are large enough to allow you to think the fish have a chance. It was fun fishing but in the back of my Continue reading →
I just posted this rod on Craigslist, but I thought I would give all of you a quick heads-up, too. I’ve thrown this lightly so it’s almost brand new. I’ve got some more rods coming to test so I have to make room. This is a great stick for steelhead and
salmon on all the Pacific Northwest waters. Going to the Dean? Headed to Alaska West? Fishing the Clack or Deschutes with Hickman? Going full on adventure to Haida Gwaii? This rod will take care of you know matter where you show up to throw Intruders and Pick-yer-Pockets. PRICE: $650 plus shipping, which beats what I could find on eBay by $400-plus. Open the post for more pics. Continue reading →
Got this Orvis Helios 2 a while back and have wanted to really put it to the test. That test arrived in eastern Washington a couple weeks ago when I fished private lakes for some monster rainbow trout, fish stretching 30 inches long and weighing seven to Continue reading →
Just got this one sent to the printer and I love the content that’s in it. If this magazine doesn’t make you dream of place to go and when to do it, check for a pulse. This should be hitting the newsstands in the next few days so keep your eyes open for it. Inside you’ll find pieces on fishing giant char with Spey rods in Nunavut, Canada, floating Oregon’s Owyhee River for smallmouth bass, trying to catch world-record tarpon at Homasassa, Florida, throwing down on mountain whitefish in the Rockies (and how to smoke them), floating underfished rivers in a Watermaster, and fishing in Alaska—by raft, by air, and with a couple of kids in tow. Along with that you Continue reading →