By Skip Clement
[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]esterday was an unplanned fix it now dental emergency, a torture session that lives in infamy. Waiting, I found there is no shortage of hunting, fishing, beauty, home furnishing, travel, architectural, self-help magazines, and more. The magazine choices are in the hundreds – it’s a big office.
I saw the same well worn, page stripped Outdoor, Field & Stream, trout and saltwater fishing and fly fishing magazines that I’d seen before. Almost all publications had references to “Ten Best” this and that.
We seem obsessed with the number “10”
Ten yards for a first down, 10 Downing Street, ten commandments, ten best movies – pick any year, top ten trout towns in the U. S., ten best saltwater flies of all time, and of course, she’s a “10.” And on and on.
So, here are my Ten Best… and you’re right, who cares?
1. Best game fish: Largemouth bass, dolphin, sailfish, stripers (saltwater, landlocked, hybrid), tarpon, redfish, all trouts, all salmons
2. Best destinations: Alaska, New Zealand, Argentina, Yucatan, Ponoi River (Russia), Appalachia, Everglades National Park, Seychelles, Panama, Guatemala, Montauk, Maritime Provinces
3. Best Fly Rods: Orvis’ Helios 3D eight, Echo 3 four, Rise Level X nine, Winston Micro Spey four, R.B. Meiser 909 9/10 Switch Rod
4. Best waders and wade boots: Simms, Orvis, Korkers, Redington
7. Best flats skiff: Dragonfly
8. Best writers: Ernest Hemingway, Jim Harrison, Thomas McGuane, Aldo Leopold, John Gierach, Howell Raines, Kirk Deeter, Robert Traver, Steve Kantner, Ted Leeson