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ECHO Boost Fresh and Saltwater Fly Rods

ECHO has announced the release of their new fast-action rod series BOOST, which features “perfect balance of power, control, and sensitivity,” in both fresh and saltwater models. Read more in the press release below.

Airflo Switch Streamer Lines

Tom Larimer, an expert in spey casting, was pivotal in the development of Airflo’s new Switch Streamer lines, designed to be the ultimate line for targeting trout with streamers on switch and small spey rods. Read more in the press … more

Video: Hell’s Bay Boatworks Skiff Line-Up


Chris Peterson of Hell’s Bay Boatworks give us a quick rundown of some of the world’s best shallow water skiffs and what each model is good for.

Drifter Fly Fishing Launches New Rod

Colorado-based Drifter Fly Fishing has recently announced the launch of a new fly rod, the “Covert, designed for “precise casting and delicate presentations.” Read more in the press release below.

Video Hatch: “Big Ouananiche!”

This short film from HOOKÉ features beautiful footage of fishing for landlocked salmon in The Laurentides region of Quebec.
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Tippets: Lightspeed, Topwater Tactics, Gila Genetics

  • In a recently published essay, Mark Greer remembers his son, Anthony, through a gifted Lamson LightSpeed fly reel. “I realized that it is more than just a fishing reel to me,” Greer writes. “It’s a conduit to a time in my life spent on the water with my son.” Via Gink & Gasoline.
  • Topwater flies are effective for more than just dry fly trout fishing. In a recent post on Field & Stream, Joe Cermele highlights tactics for bass, pike and redfish.
  • Gila trout, native only to headwater streams of the Mogollon Rim of New Mexico and Arizona, have unique genetic lineage that is now helping researchers plan their recovery. “Conservation genetics is at its heart an investment in the future with an eye on the past,” writes Craig Springer, via The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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Simple Fly Fishing Limited Edition

Patagonia has announced an autographed limited edition release of the book “Simple Fly Fishing,” by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. The book highlights the “tenkara” technique and follows the “more you know, the less you need” mantra of the brand.

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Tippets: Strategies for Pike, Snakehead Tournament, Interview with Chouinard

  • Phil Monahan highlights a new collection of short instructional videos from The New Fly Fisher. Find a collection of videos on 8 tips for fly fishing for northern pike, via The Orvis Blog.
  • The 2015 Potomac Snakehead Tournament will be held May 30-31 at Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Maryland. Some proceeds will go to benefit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to help fight invasive species in the Potomac River watershed. Visit the tournament website for more details.
  • From the environment and conservation to optimism and favorite flannel shirts, self-proclaimed “dirt-bag” and Patagonia founder and CEO Yvon Chouinard gives an interview on The Usual.
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Video Hatch: “Chasing Rumor”

Cameron Chambers’s debut book chronicles his journey fly fishing in Patagonia. Learn more about the author and his work in this film trailer for the book, “Chasing Rumor,” to be released June 9, 2015 from Patagonia Books.
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Tippets: Capacity for Surprise, Essential Casting Technique

  • Whether you have a “good” day on the water by the traditional measure of number of fish caught or not, “one of the wonderful things about our sport, right on par with the beauty and excitement it fosters,” writes Todd Tanner, “ is its never-ending capacity to surprise us.” Read Tanner’s essay in its entirety on Sporting Classics.
  • Davin Ebanks demonstrates what is perhaps the most essential part of fly casting: keeping your elbow low. Watch his helpful instructional video via FlatsWalker.
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Video Hatch: “Western Fly Fishing Journal: Jennifer and Lars Olsson”

This short film from Alan O’Connor features a day spent on the Gallatin River with Jennifer and Lars Olsson.
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Tippets: Simple Flies, Fish Lift, Tactics for High Water

  • Sometimes simpler is better in fly design, writes Kirk Deeter. For a great example, check out Charlie Craven’s “Mole Fly,” one of the most “deadly effective” dry fly patterns on the market today. Via Field & Stream.
  • California’s drought is requiring state and federal agencies in the state to deploy a “fish-lift,” using tanker trucks to transport hatchery salmon downstream to the San Francisco Bay. Via Oregon Live.
  • Spring runoff has begun in earnest, and in a recent article Tim Linehan of Linehan Outfitting Co. has some great advice for fishing the high, off-colored water.
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RepYourWater’s Bash 4 Boulder Creek

Colorado-based RepYourWater is celebrating the company’s 4 year anniversary with The Bash 4 Boulder Creek, June 13, 2015. Proceeds from the event will benefit the habitat restoration work of local Trout Unlimited chapter, Boulder Flycasters.

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How to Tie a Sulphur Usual Variant

With special attention on how to select and sort the perfect hair from snowshoe rabbit feet, Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a Sulphur variation of Fran Betters’s famed Usual fly pattern in this week’s featured video.

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