Fishing magazines can sometimes be difficult to break into because compared to other genres, there aren’t that many of them out there. However, we’ve done the hard work to get you a list of the best fishing magazines that pay their writers – and pay them well.
Please peruse the following publications and study their websites carefully. Many of them encourage new and upcoming writers to submit work to them, but be prepared to send in a list of your previously published work in many cases. A number of them also have quite distinctive guidelines for submissions, which include photography, so make yourself acquainted with these before pitching.
Note: For more magazines that pay writers, check out our ultimate list of magazines that pay writers.
Eastern Fly Fishing is a destination-specific publication, which focuses on fly-fishing destinations in the Eastern and Midwest angling areas. To receive consideration from Eastern Fly-Fishing, articles must be accompanied by stunning visuals from writers. Eastern Fly Fishing expects to receive query letters only, and specific guidelines apply.
Payment is between $300 and $500 for feature articles and is made prior to publication.
Fly Tyer – a quarterly magazine – is the largest publication solely dedicated to fly-tying. They expect feature articles to be between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length. Pieces with good step-by-step fly-tying photography are given first priority. This publication accepts both query letters and full manuscripts.
They pay $450 and above for feature articles, and payment is made upon publication.
National Fisherman is a publication covering all aspects of commercial fishing and the construction of fishing boats. They invite writers to submit feature articles between 1,500 and 2,500 words in length. This publication accepts both queries and full manuscripts. See their website for full details on what they accept for publication, both in manuscripts and photography.
Payment is discussed when your pitch is made.
Northwest Fly Fishing is an inspiring, collectible reference of Northwest angling destinations. They work on query basis only and expect feature articles to be around 2,000 words and above. Specific guidelines on photography apply if you wish to submit work to this magazine.
Payment is made one month prior to publication.
Southwest Fly Fishing publishes material that cover angling destinations in the Southwest. This magazine prefers queries rather than full manuscripts. Feature articles should be around 2,000 words. They recommend that prospective freelancers read their guidelines thoroughly before pitching them.
This publication pays between $300 and $500 for longer feature articles. This is made approximately two weeks prior to publication.
Sport Fishing provides useful information about saltwater fishing around North America and beyond. Prospective freelancers should send a query in the first instance – to get a commissioned article. Sport Fishing likes features around 1,800 words in length. Please see their website for full details.
They pay $750 for features, and payment is made upon acceptance.
The Drake is a grassroots journal for fly-fishing enthusiasts. They encourage prospective writers to read previous issues of the magazine before pitching. They also have a wealth of information on their site, so do read the contributor guidelines page to determine what kind of article you should write.
Payment should be negotiated upon pitching the magazine.
The New Fly Fisher is a digital publication, providing information about fly-fishing in all waters. They expect feature articles to be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length. Queries are welcome. Freelancers should expect to send visuals with their submissions.
Payment is $400 for features, and is made upon publication.
Chasing Silver Magazine publishes information on fly fishing, casting techniques, tying techniques and equipment. They like articles to be around 2,000 to 3,000 words in length. Freelancers should query this publication in the first instance.
Expect to discuss payment when pitching the magazine.
Field & Stream is a hunting and fishing magazine, dedicated to a wide range of topics related to field and stream hunting. They accept full manuscripts only and invite writers to send all submissions via the email address on the Contact Us page.
Payment is negotiated when pitching the magazine.
Tail Flying Fish Magazine covers everything related to fly fishing in salt water. Their call for submissions is for articles between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. Submissions should be sent via email. Do check out their website for detailed guidelines on manuscripts and photography.
Payment is discussed upon pitching the magazine.
Fly Fusion Magazine is designed to be an aid to enhancing the reader’s angling skills. This publication expects writers to read previous issues of the magazine to get their focus and style. Detailed descriptions of their requirements and departments are on their website.
Fly Fusion pays $400 for features, and payment is made 60 days after publication.
Cyber Angler is a South Florida publication dedicated to fish farmers. This magazine also provides useful information and reports. Prospective freelancers are invited to read previous issues of the magazine before submitting any work. Queries and full manuscripts are both welcome. Photographs are required.
Payment is made upon publication.
YakAngling Magazine publishes articles that share the experiences of kayak anglers across the country – and even the world. They work on query basis only, and expect writers to submit their final draft a month prior to publication date. They deal with several departments, so please decide what you want to tackle before pitching them.
Payment is made a month after publication.
15. Fishing SA
Fishing SA is a fishing magazine covering fishing adventure, technique, equipment and more. They accept queries only, and encourage potential freelancers to craft concise query letters. Feature articles should be no more than 2,000 words.
Payment should be negotiated at the point of querying the magazine.
Bass Angler is a quarterly how-to print fishing magazine, distributed across the USA and Canada. They like feature articles to be no more than 1,200 words in length. Please expect to submit visuals to support your articles.
Payment is negotiated with the editor when writing to the magazine.
17. Kayak Angler
Pay: 20 cents
Kayak Angler “celebrates the intersection of fishing and paddlesports, with an emphasis on hook-ups and sleigh rides from all manner of paddle and pedal-powered sporting rides.” They accept queries only and expect writers to add visuals to their submission. Do read their full guidelines before pitching them.
Freelancers will be paid 45 days after publication.
Wyoming Wildlife is dedicated to anglers, hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. They expect writers to subscribe to, and read previous issues of the magazine before sending query letters. Their descriptions on manuscripts and photography submissions are detailed, so please be familiar with these.
Payment is negotiated upon pitching the magazine.