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Redington’s Sonic-Pro HD and HDZ Waders

Redington will add two new waders to their catalog this August. The Sonic-Pro HD and HDZ waders offer heavy duty construction for increased durability and long days on the water. Read more in the press release below.

Redington’s Hydrogen Trout Spey Fly Rods

Redington will add three new models to their popular Hydrogen fly rod series, specifically designed to target trout with a two-handed cast. The Hydrogen Trout Spey comes in two through four weights and will be available August 2016. Read more … more

New Sage 6200 Reel Series “Provides Superior Stopping Power”

The new 6200 reel series from is the “pinnacle big game and saltwater reel” from Sage. Available in models from 5/6 up to 11/12. Coming August 2016. Read more in the press release below.

Redington’s New Predator Fly Rods

The new Predator fly rod series from Redington is ideal for casting big flies and fighting aggressive fish. The thirteen models in the series range from 5-weight through 12-weight. Available August 2016. Read more in the press release below.

Tippets: BTT’s Fix Our Water Initiative, Grayling and the ESA, Bonneville Cutthroat Restoration, Revival on the Elwha River

  • The Bonefish & Tarpon Trust’s “Fix Our Water” initiative aims to engage anglers and the fishing industry in efforts to revise Florida’s water management practices and begin restoration of the Florida Everglades. For more information and to take action, visit the BTT website.
  • Ted William writes about utilizing the Endangered Species Act to help grayling recovery efforts, proving “the ESA works best as a motivator for reform rather than a punishment for violation.” Read more via Nature.
  • Kris Millgate reports on the success of Bonneville cutthroat restoration projects. “The efforts are working so well, Bear Lake isn’t stocked with Bonneville cutthroat trout anymore and in 2015, wild fish outnumbered hatchery fish for the first time.” Via Hatch Magazine.
  • Anne Shaffer, a marine biologist with the Coastal Watershed Institute, talks with Brian Clark Howard about the impact and importance of the Elwha dam removal in this interview via National Geographic. “It was really surprising to us how fast things changed. We have seen an increase in good habitat by about a hundred acres (40 hectares) and an immediate response in the fish community. We found new species coming to the area within weeks of the dam removal starting.”
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Video Hatch: “High Country Gems”

Wild Cutthroat face threats from competing species, hybridization, habitat loss and climate change. But this short film from Pat Clayton and John Arnold show populations thriving and spawning in backcountry waters of the Greater Yellowstone region.
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NPR Interviews Jonathan Balcombe: “What Fish Know”

Jonathan Balcombe argues fish have a conscious awareness, also called “sentience,” and new research reveals some species can even recognize individual humans. Balcombe, author of the recently released book “What a Fish Knows,” talks with Terry Gross on Fresh Air. Listen to the interview via NPR.

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National Parks Fly Fishing Book Celebrates 100th NPS Anniversary

The new book “25 Best National Parks to Fly Fish” by Terry and Wendy Gunn and Bennett Mintz is a DIY manual for fly fishing every park from Maine to Alaska.  It’s published by Stonefly Press in honor and tribute to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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Video Hatch: “Farming Fish”

When you film fly fishing, a lot of things need to go right. The only thing guaranteed is that things will go wrong. The latest episode of Find Your Water gives a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when fish don’t bite, anglers can’t set the hook, and weather conditions aren’t ideal.
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Tippets: Successful Saltwater Techniques, Fishing in Hot Water

  • Louis Cahill rounds up seven must-see instructional videos for improving your saltwater technique. From casting to strip sets, find the compilation via Gink & Gasoline.
  • As summer heats up and water temperatures rise, anglers should think carefully about the conditions and their quarry. Travis Frank writes about fishing for muskie (or not) in hot water. “In a growing sport that has more anglers than fish, I think it is only fair for us to consider the resource before our very needs,” he writes.  “The truth is that we are recycling the fish with proper catch and release, and the current water conditions are making this a tough task to correctly do.” Via Star Tribune.
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Video: How to Tie a Bully Bluegill Spider

The Bully Bluegill Spider, tied by videographer Tim Flagler, is the subject of this week’s featured fly tying video.  Says Flagler: “On a nice, light flyrod, bluegill can be a ton of fun and this fly all but ensures you’re going to catch a bunch. I like to hang it a foot or two off the back of a floaty fly, like a Chernobyl Ant, and after I cast, allow it to sink toward the bottom. The ant will telegraph even the slightest of takes allowing you to set the hook and attach yourself to 5 or so inches of tail-walking, gill plate-rattling fury.”

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The World of Trout: First International Trout Congress, October 2016

The first International Trout Congress will be held October 2-6, 2016 in Bozeman, Montana. The “World of Trout” Congress will bring together conservationists, scientists, educators, anglers, writers and artists from around the world.

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Video Hatch: “The Calm of the Mountains”

Melinda Withrow, a pole vaulter and Olympic hopeful, is also a fly angler. This short film features what she views as success: a day on the river with her dad. Via Lululemon.
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Tippets: California’s Golden Trout, Fly Fishing Basics

  • The golden trout is a species native to a small section of the Kern river in California, “found in cold and swift streams high up in the Sierra Nevada mountains.” Read more about fly fishing for this stunning species via Amberjack Fishing Journal.
  • From gear and rigging to locations and classes, Howard Horton outlines the basics of getting yourself or others started in fly fishing. “Learning to fly fish does not have to be intimidating, difficult or expensive,” Horton writes. Read more via Colorado Outdoors Magazine.
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