Top Fishing Magazines

If you like to fish, you like to travel. If you like to travel, you will be spending time in airports, on planes and in cars. Here are my top fishing magazines to help you pass the time.


1. Field and Stream/Outdoor Life: 

Sister magazines, they are America’s oldest outdoor magazines. From fishing to camping and hunting, they give you all the information that you need to know. This was probably your grandfather’s favorite fishing magazine as they were both founded in the 1800s!


Outdoor Life: Hunting, Fishing, Gear Reviews, Survival Tips


Field & Stream (retailer) - Wikipedia


2. Flylords Magazine 

Since 2012, Flylords has been telling the stories of anglers and guides from around the farthest, wildest and coolest places in the world. Through film, photography, and journalism they’ve created content that captivates, inspires and educates. You can read about Key West Tarpon on one page, brown trout in New Zealand on another and then go to their social media to watch a video about Lefty Kreh’s legacy. They’re doing some awesome stuff.


Flylords is hiring a “head of studio”



3. The Drake 

The fishing magazine of fishing magazines. Their tagline is, “for those who fish” – need I say more?

Taken from their website, “Drake Magazine is a grassroots journal for flyfishing enthusiasts. is a supplement to Drake Magazine, a grassroots journal for flyfishing enthusiasts. It was founded in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the summer of 1998 on the principle that too much contemporary outdoor writing gives away all the answers to people who never learned what the questions were.”

Something that they emphasize on their website, “The Drake Magazine is not an instructional publication – it is for your reading and viewing enjoyment. The website will include stories and photos from the magazine, but we recommend you buy the real thing.”

Far too often people are stealing spots, being toxic on social media, not respecting fish, and the list goes on. This is a safe space. This is our magazine. It is the magazine for those who fish.


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Bonus: Salt Water Sportsman

Originally published in Boston, Massachusetts in 1939, they have expanded from the North East to write about numerous different topics. Now it is a Smörgåsbord of angling information. You can learn about fly fishing for bonefish in Key West, trolling for marlin in the Azores and fishing for stripers all in one issue. It’s worth a read.

Salt Water Sportsman (@SWSportsman) / X


In Sum

Next time you’re in an airport or taking a long car ride, pull out your phone or get your hands on a paper copy of one of these great publications. You’ll be glad you did.

If you enjoyed this piece, but perhaps are looking for something a little more “action-packed”, check out my piece “Tampa Bay Fishing Variety: Tarpon to Tailers”, it’s about as action-packed and exciting as a blog can be!

Until next time, tight lines.

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