Author Archives: Marshall Cutchin

Birds Placed in Drunk Tanks

In one of the most unusual nature stories of the year, the National Post reports that “after thousands of years of eating an ethanol-heavy diet, evolution long-ago killed off all the lightweights in the waxwing population, resulting in a bird … more

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Fly Fishing in Iceland

“Off of Ring Road 1 on Iceland’s southern coast run a host of wild rivers fed by glacial water. That’s where Stanji Ben runs his fly fishing tour group, Iceland Angling Travel.”  Outside magazine curates a story by Humanity, an …

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How to Tie the Orange Asher

This week’s fly tying video features a simple pattern that belies the notion that all nymphs have to imitate something natural. The Orange Asher turns out to be a very effective late fall and winter nymph pattern.  “Why this pattern works …

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American Museum of Fly Fishing Putting New Exhibits Online

Cathi Comar, executive director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, informed us this week that the museum will be putting some new exhibits–including “A Graceful Rise: Women in Fly Fishing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” and their saltwater fly fishing … more

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How to Tie Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer

Tim Flagler ties a variation on Jack Gartside’s Soft Hackle Streamer in this week’s featured fly tying video.  “This fly is just one more example of Mr. Gartside’s brilliance at the tying bench,” says Flagler.  Nearly every fiber in this …

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“Whoosh” Cannon Helps Separate Hatchery and Wild Salmon

A device originally designed to move apples without bruising them is now being used in Washington state to help separate hatchery salmon from wild salmon.  In their video coverage, CBS News reports that the “salmon cannon” may also be used … more

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How to Tie a Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph

Tim Flagler ties a “turbocharged” version of the tried-and-true pheasant tail nymph in this week’s featured fly tying video.  The Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph is easy to tie, can be dressed in a variety of colors, and has proven itself in …

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Ottawa Hero Gives Thumbs Up to Fly Fishing

When Canadian parliament sergeant at arms Kevin Vickers was applauded on his return to work today, he was greeted by a standing ovation and a suggestion from Green Party Leader Elizabeth May to let him go fly-fishing on the Miramichi, … more

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Why Is a Swordfish’s Sword So Strong?

Turns out that remodeling–the same process used by mammals to repair bone–happens somewhat differently in rostral bone of marlin and swordfish (their “sword”).   In mammals, two different types of cells are responsible for strengthening damaged bone.  The swordfish, researchers … more

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How to Tie the Squirmanator

“A salute to the delicate interweaving of fur and feathers, it ain’t,” says tier and videographer Tim Flagler, but The Squirminator does have the makings of a great choice for one-fly competitions.  Tim demonstrates the steps in tying this “cyborg” …

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