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Video: Scott Rods – Tidal Series Fly Rods

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New for 2015, Scott will be introducing the Tidal series of fly rods. Company president Jim Bartschi compares the technology and design to that of what shaped skis and cavity-backed clubs did for the skiing and golfing industries. The idea behind … more

Video: Maven Fly – Women-Specific Fly Fishing Apparel Company

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Lise Lozelle of Maven Fly talks about her 2015 line of clothing. Maven fly is a women’s-only fly fishing apparel company that produces gear made completely in the USA.

RIO Products Adds Technology to Two New Shooting Lines

RIO Products has announced the release of two new technical shooting lines for the spey flyfisher. With new and improved design and technology, the ConnectCore and GripShooter line series are available now, just in time for the winter season. Read … more

Simms G Series: Pushing the Limits in Mongolia

Anglers for Simms travel to the Eg and Uur Rivers in Mongolia to test the new G Series product line that ranges from gloves and boots to waders. Learn more about the “guide proven” series and check out some amazing … more

Video Hatch: “Fall and Trout”

This short film features beautiful footage of fly fishing in Denmark. Via The Half Norwegians.

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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 with an unusually robust ability to hold its liquor.”  Turns out that birds and other mammals are commonly observed displaying the results of alcohol intoxication, leading to “drunken flying accidents” and moose who lose all normal inhibitions.

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TU’s Wild Steelhead Initiative

Trout Unlimited has announced the launch of a Wild Steelhead Initiative, an ambitious project to protect and restore wild steelhead fisheries throughout their native range in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The new conservation community, Wild Steelheaders United, will begin November 20, with intent to “inform, organize and activate anglers (regardless of preferred gear type) — and anyone who cares about these incredible fish — to protect and recover wild steelhead.” Read more via TU.

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Video Hatch: “Fly Fishing for Salmon”

Russia’s remote Yokanga River is the setting for this footage of an angling destination with incredible landscape and fish.

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Tippets: Global Fishing Watch, Let It Ride, In for a Shock

  • Google has teamed up with mapping company SkyTruth and marine-advocacy group Oceana to develop a tool called “Global Fishing Watch.” By mapping commercial fishing boat locations, it is hoped this technology will help monitor illegal fishing activity.
  • Even a misplaced cast can catch fish, and rather than re-casting, let the fly ride out the run, advises Daniel Galhardo. “After all the fly that is in the water is the fly that catches the fish, and fish are not only in the places we suppose they will be.”
  • A joint paper from the Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana State University, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the U.S. Geological Survey was recently published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, and examines the possibility of electrofishing instead of piscicides to remove non-native trout species from waters shared with the native Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Via Science Daily.
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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 interactive iPad magazine, and a compelling video.

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Tippets: Jackman in “The River,” Carp and Collaboration, Best New Flies for 2015

  • Hugh Jackman stars in a new play which centers around a man’s relationship with two women, set against the backdrop of a fly-fishing trip. “The River,” will run at the Circle on the Square theatre in New YorkVia The Independent.
  • Operators of the Three Gorges dam on the Yangtze River in China are working with scientists to increase flow through the dam to help carp populations rebound. And in our increasingly complicated world, collaboration is key, writes Jeff Opperman and Qiaoyu Guo via the Nature Conservancy Blog.
  • From saltwater sand crabs to bass and carp flies, Carter Lyles gives a preview of some of the best new patterns from various companies due out for the 2015 season.
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Tippets: Micro Fishing, Natives in Yellowstone

  • Breaking large bodies of water into smaller segments is the difference between good fly fishing and great fly fishing. Kirk Deeter writes about several strategies for doing so in a recent article on Field & Stream’s Fly Talk blog. “Micro adjustments make all the difference,” writes Deeter. “Sometimes that’s a weight adjustment.  Sometimes it’s a matter of taking a closer, harder look at the water in the run you fish, and covering the micro seams.”
  • While every angler likes a big fish and good fight, that comes at a price in Yellowstone. Greg Thomas writes a piece on the issues surrounding native and non-native species in the Yellowstone National Park waters. “In taking liberty to speak for those cutthroats and grayling,” Thomas writes. “I say those fish belong where they are. That is not something I can say for the park’s rainbow and lake trout, no matter how much I, too, like to see that fly rod bending big.” Via Angler’s Tonic.
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Moving Water Poster to Support The Henry’s Fork Foundation

The Henry’s Fork Foundation had made available posters of an original oil painting by Dave Hall entitled “Early Morning on the Upper Henry’s Fork.” All profits go to benefit the conservation efforts of the foundation.

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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 as well as it does,” says Tim Flagler, ” I have no idea.  I just wish I had known about it twenty years ago.”

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