Tippets: Tactics for Panfish, The Professor and Bamboo, EPA and Mountaintop Mining

  • Bluegill and their relatives in the sunfish family can be great fun on a fly rod. Just as spring is getting started, Dave and Emily Whitlock present stalking strategies and fly choices from their book Seasons of the Sunfish via Florida Sportsman.
  • Scholar of Central Asian history at the University of Massachusetts, Richard Taupier is as much known in the world of bamboo rods as in academia. ‘‘Some people ski; some people bird watch. My connection with the natural world is the end of the fly rod,’’ says Taupier.
  • With a call to stay focused, Bob Marshall writes about the recent ruling by a federal appeals court, upholding the EPA’s continued right to regulate mountaintop mining activities. The EPA was challenged after revoking a permit, citing the Clean Water Act. And with opponents soon introducing new legislation “to prevent the EPA from using the guise of clean water as a means to disrupt coal mining,” all anglers should stay vigilant.
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