Reed Austin has spent 50 years on Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, running fishing boats large and small from the beach to the edge. He was Gray’s Sporting Journal’s first managing editor and had a long stint at Salt Water Sportsman magazine. Reed writes about a chance encounter with a sea robin in this issue.
Scott Bannerot earned a doctorate in marine biology and fisheries while acquiring a 100-ton Coast Guard captain’s license. He’s worked as a scientist and a guide, in addition to sailing the Pacific to Australia. He now runs charters on a 20-foot classic Seacraft out of Islamorada, Florida. Scott writes about the magnificent blue marlin in “Wondrous.”
Long an admirer of overlooked places, Reid Bryant haunts the tannic creeks and cold freestoners of his native New England, where the trout are often far outweighed by the memories they make. He works for Orvis Co. and is a frequent contributor to such publications as Gray’s Sporting Journal, Shooting Sportsman and American Angler. Reid tells of fishing Russia’s Ponoi River with an old friend in “Atlantic Salmon Snob.”
South Florida native Jeffrey Cardenas is a peripatetic fly fisherman, author, photographer, pilot and former Key West guide whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Time and other publications. The former owner of the Saltwater Angler fly shop in Key West, he enjoys exploring by small plane the out islands of the Bahamas and Caribbean. In this issue, Jeffrey likens fishing for permit after a long leave of absence to an awkward first date.
A frequent contributor to Anglers Journal, Michael Cevoli is a commercial and documentary photographer based in southern New England. He is a graduate of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited internationally. Michael traipsed through mud to shoot the images for “Working the Tides,” and his work also appears in “Natural Attraction.”
Noah Davis hunts and fishes along the Allegheny Front near his home in Tipton, Pennsylvania. His essays and poems have appeared in The Fly Fish Journal, Orion, Poet Lore, The Hollins Critic and Appalachia, among others. Noah takes us to the Keystone State’s coal country for “By Street Light.”
Chris Dombrowski is the author of two books of poetry, including Earth Again. His new book, Body of Water, about legendary guide David Pinder Sr. and bonefishing on Grand Bahama Island, was recently published by Milkweed Editions. A longtime guide, Chris heads to the flats with Pinder’s son in “Mad Respect.”
Dustin Doskocil is a photographer from Texas who is based in Colorado. He’ll shoot almost anything but specializes in outdoor adventure and the lifestyle that goes with it. When he’s not editing images or on assignment, you can find him fishing from a kayak or riding his mountain bike, living in a non-stop, motionless state of mind. Dustin shot the Texas farm pond images for “Longhorns and Largemouths.”
Barry Gibson has spent more than three decades in federal fishery management in the Northeast. A former editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine, he owns a charter boat in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Barry writes about the “honesty” of fishing with bait in “Natural Attraction.”
Brian Grossenbacher was a fly-fishing guide for 18 years and got into photography by accident while working on his second book, Fly Fishing Montana. “The photo budget wasn’t enough to buy images, so on a gamble we bought a Nikon body and a couple of lenses,” he says. By the time the book was published, he already had a handful of magazine covers and a new passion that became a full-time career. Brian’s images illustrate “Mad Respect” and “Atlantic Salmon Snob.”
Writer and artist Alberto Rey was born where the Gulf Stream flows near Havana, Cuba, and has never lived far from moving water. He is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide and a distinguished professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches drawing and painting. Alberto writes about a memorable fishing trip on Iceland’s Jškla River in this issue.
Jessica Haydahl Richardson loves to capture life unfolding before her camera lens. Growing up on the ocean in Vancouver, British Columbia, her passion for photography and nature grew into a profession. She has worked with the Vancouver Canucks pro hockey team and Getty Images, and has been published in several fishing magazines and other publications. Jessica shot the cover photo for the this issue, as well as one of the opening spreads.