Author Archives: Erin Block

Douglas Outdoors Launches Premium SKY Fly Rod Series

Douglas Outdoors has announced the launch of their new SKY fly rod series, designed by Fred Contaoi. “The SKY rods are clearly light in the hand which is a great advantage on the water but just being light in itself … more

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Tippets: Bolivian Gold, Drone Fishing, Stealth Wading

“The conquistadors were right,” writes Sarah Grigg, “there is treasure hidden deep within the jungle.” Read her piece about fly fishing Bolivia for dorado and community-based conservation programs that are giving local communities a stake in the sustainability of their fisheries. … more

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Video Hatch: “That Three Seconds”

This short film captures the fleeting moment that anglers live for: when the fish eats the fly. Via Matt Disselkoen.

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Tippets: Native Trout Management in Glacier National Park, Apache Trout Facts, Fish Kill in Colorado, Ruling in Favor of Wild Salmon & Steelhead

Temperature-sensitive species like bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout face growing risks from climate change and non-native species. In Glacier National Park native trout are being moved to higher-elevation locales that were previously inaccessible to fish, allowing genetically pure populations to … more

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Video Hatch: “Kamchatka LOOP Cross SX”

This footage features great shots of fly fishing Kamchatka. Via TFF.

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Tippets: Saving Saltwater Flies, Keys to Fishing Runoff

An extra water bottle is the simple trick to assuring your flies don’t get ruined by saltwater and rust. Learn more about this tip from Louis Cahill. “Don’t ruin or discard any more saltwater flies. And don’t get your water bottles mixed … more

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Video Hatch: “Reason #3: My Old Man”

This installment in the “Reasons We Fish” film series from 815 Productions highlights spending a day on the water with the person who taught you how to fish in the first place.

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Tippets: Split-thread Tying Technique, Bamboo Primer, C&R Handling Tips

Hans Weilenmann demonstrates using a split-thread technique for creating a dubbing loop in this instructional video. Via The Limp Cobra. Most fly rods are now made of graphite. But in a recent post Phil Monahan writes about the history and process of … more

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Trapper Rudd Passes

Trapper Rudd, the founder of Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne, Colorado and also a well-known saltwater fly fishing guide, passed away May 5, 2016, at the Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida after suffering a heart attack. Known as a guide, … more

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Tippets: Wilkinson on Grizzlies in the West, Catskill Fly Tying Exhibition

Jackson Hole’s grizzly 399 is “the most famous living wild bear on Earth,” and yet an “irrational cultural hostility” towards grizzlies thrives in Wyoming, writes Todd Wilkinson. In a recent op-ed, Wilkinson writes about the meaningful connection with nature people … more

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