Tippets: Make Your Own Welded Loops, No Compromise on Pebble Mine, Ear Stone Tracking

  • If you’ve ever had a fly line fail, as Zach Matthews describes at the start of his recent piece “Line Hacking” in Fly Rod & Reel, you’ll be especially interested in his resourceful technique of creating your own welded loops at home with a curling iron.
  • Making an effort to understand the other side of a debate is usually considered admirable. However, after the Boulder Fly Casters announced an upcoming guest speaker as Todd Bryan of The Keystone Center (involved with the Pebble Partnership), some are calling them out. “There is no compromise on the Pebble Mine, period,” says Moldy Chum, and a chapter of Trout Unlimited should not be entertaining “a speaker who says there is an argument to made for the mine.”
  • Mineral deposits taken from the environment throughout a fish’s life make up otoliths (also known as “ear stones”), and can be used to track migrations, report scientists in a new paper from the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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