Author Archives: Erin Block

Video Hatch: “My Grandfather’s Gift”

This this short film Dan Conway talks about how he came into fly fishing after inheriting his grandfather’s fly rod. Via Emilie Milcarek.

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Tippets: The 15 Best Carp Flies, Crazy Reese Ferguison Hopper Dropper Derby

Carp are more intelligent than many anglers give them credit for, and they reside in diverse ecosystems, which factor into fly choice. Jay Zimmerman, author of The Best Carp Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them, writes about factors that play … more

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Environmental Activist Joe Browder Passes

Former Miami TV reporter turned environmental activist Joe Browder passed away Sept. 18, 2016 at the age of 78. Browder played a pivotal role in protecting the Everglades and co-founded the Friends of the Everglades group.  He “was as tough … more

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Tippets: Oldest Fishing Hooks Found, Triggering a Trout Strike

On Okinawa Island between mainland Japan and Taiwan researchers have found the world’s oldest fish hook to date. The hooks, carved from shells, date back approximately 23,000 years and were used to catch parrotfish and eels. The research is published … more

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Tippets: West’s “New Normal,” Brook Trout Hormones, Yellowstone Grayling, Elwha Dam Demolition Continues

The recent fish die offs in the Yellowstone River predict a “new normal” for fisheries due to climate change, writes Alexis Bonogofsky. “The fish kill is not just an inconvenience for fishermen. The consequences of climate change are reverberating throughout … more

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Video Hatch: “Eksoplanet – Eksingedalen”

The drone video of this short film features the river Ekso in Eksingedalen in Hordaland, Norway. Via Morten Kjetland.

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Umpqua Promotes Dave Student to Fly Specialist

Umpqua Feather Merchants has announced Dave Student in the role of Fly Specialist. Student will be responsible for quality assurance, sourcing new fly-tying materials, and selecting new fly patterns. Read more in the press release below.  

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Tippets: Fishing Partners, Waders Meet Science, Flies for Autumn

Stephen Brutger writes about a different kind of “trophy” shot, and one of the most important decisions you make when heading out on the water: who you take with.  Via Stalking the Seam. Dutch and American scientists have developed waders … more

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Patagonia’s Philosopher King

Fly fishing, particularly the tenkara method, is a simple way to get people to like fishing. “And fishing was the way to get them to care about the water,” says Yvon Chouinard. A recent piece by Nick Paumgarten profiles Chouinard … more

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Tippets: Drummond’s Water Boatman, Casting in Bear Country

Guide Tim Drummond’s water boatman fly pattern is a must-have for fishing stillwater for trophy rainbows. It originated from fishing Delaney Butte Lakes in North Park, Colorado. Learn to tie this simple and effective pattern in a recent tutorial via Fly … more

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